Oral Historian

An exciting opportunity has opened at The Walsh Memorial Library for a part-time Oral Historian to work with transport, technology and innovation stories of Aotearoa. Established in 1964 on MOTAT’s Great North Road site, the Walsh Memorial Library is a specialist library that houses an extensive documentary heritage collection including published, archival, documentary heritage, pictorial, and oral history collections.

As Oral Historian you will research, conduct, and document interviews in relation to transport, technology and innovation stories of Aotearoa, and curate content for publication in digital and other formats. This includes recording audio and/or video interviews of both external subjects in line with the MOTAT Collection Policy, enriching the Institutional Archive.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • 3-5 years’ experience working in a similar role.
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting oral history interviews.
  • Knowledge of oral history best practice, standards and ethics, and engagement with New Zealand’s oral and/or public history communities.
  • A thorough understanding around use of recording hardware/software, and transcription tools.
  • Highly developed skills in written and oral communication, including ability to produce lively content for a general audience.
  • Computer literacy including advanced proficiency of Microsoft packages.
  • Understanding of te ao Māori and ability to foster relationships with Māori communities to best reflect the diversity of our audiences, is highly desirable. 
  • Experience using the Vernon CMS database, or equivalent is desirable.

This is a unique opportunity to join a fantastic team of passionate and capable library and archive professionals. Not only will you get to work on a truly fascinating collection, but you will also get the benefit of flexible working hours, Birthday Leave, Study Leave, additional KiwiSaver contributions, and a MOTAT annual pass for you and your whānau.

This is a part time position, 16 hours per week, days negotiable.

For the full position description and to apply please go to MOTAT’s job site:

We reserve the right to screen and interview applicants before the closing date.

Applications close on 27 November 2022.

Closing date: