Senior Collections Technician - Social History

Nelson Provincial Museum

Nelson Provincial Museum’s purpose is to care for, strengthen and make widely accessible the taonga and heritage collections of Nelson/Tasman; and to create unforgettable experiences that stimulate awareness, celebrate diversity, excite action and entertain.

The purpose of the Collection Technician Social History position is to provide collection care, cataloguing, documentation, and access for the Museum’s collection. The social history collection covers domestic and industrial technology, furniture, textiles and also shares care of the natural history and foreign ethnology collections.

As the museum moves towards the construction of a new collection facility, the senior collections technician will assist the collections leader in ensuring that the social history collection is move-ready by a storage planning, accessibility, and health and safety.

The person in this position will manage the day to day care, housing, storage and documentation of the Social History collection to acceptable museum standards, in consultation with supervisor and Kaitiaki Taonga Maori.

This position is also responsible for documenting objects and related collection activities, ensuring object records are fully catalogued, up to date, retrievable and accessible online.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in history, archeology, museum studies or library science, arts or natural sciences, or equivalent experience.
  • 2+ years experience and proven ability in carrying out standard cataloguing procedures, preferably with social history collections. Graduates with internship or volunteer experience are encouraged to apply.
  • Understanding of, and experience in, museum registration techniques and electronic collection management systems. Experience with the Vernon Collection Management System would be desirable.
  • An understanding of tikanga, best practice and relevant legislation in the care of Taonga Maori and ability to engage in and promote a bicultural work environment.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation relating to the acquisition, documentation and use of collections including Treaty of Waitangi, Museum Aotearoa Code of Ethics, Copyright Act.
  • Ability to write significance assessments using a material culture approach.
  • Sound general administrative /organisational skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills and positive attitude in dealing with members of the public.
  • Sound communication skills.
  • An effective and collaborative team member.
  • Sufficient level of physical fitness to perform job safely (some heavy lifting may be required).
  • A firearms license or willingness to acquire one is desirable.

If you’d like to be part of our passionate, forward-thinking team, the job description and application form are available on our website

Please email your cover letter and CV to

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