Collections Curator

Collections Curator

Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Museum

The Collections Curator will unlock the potential of the Te Toi Uku Crown Lynn Museum’s collection, under the leadership of the Portage Ceramics Trust. This will be achieved through the key areas of collection management & development, facilitating collection access, increasing visitation and enhancing knowledge about the collection through research and working with partners and communities. They will oversee the operation of Te Toi Uku including administration, operational policy development, collections management and public programmes.

The role is primarily a sole-charge position and will suit someone who is comfortable working on their own.

It is expected that the person in the role will bring experience in working in a small not-for-profit organisation, with collection management and/or curatorial expertise alongside an ability to set up and manage robust systems and processes to ensure the ongoing care and kaitiaki of the collection and manaakitanga for our visitors and volunteers.

Key external relationships will be with visitors, collectors, donors, people who have worked in the ceramics industry, Whau Local Board and the Auckland Council, regional and national museums, libraries and archives.

Skills and Knowledge expected:

  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications or equivalent experience in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of relevant collections and material culture.
  • Proficiency and confidence in the use of Vernon or a similar collection management system.
  • Experience in exhibition research and development.
  • Demonstrated understanding of collections and their interpretive value, and as a core resource for museum activities.
  • Demonstrated experience of best practice in collection care and development.
  • Understanding of kaitiakitanga and manakitanga.
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to the development of, and provision of accurate content for exhibitions and public programmes.
  • Evidence of ability to work collaboratively with key partners.
  • Experience managing volunteers working in a collection environment in a museum.


  • Must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and strong analytical, planning and time management skills.
  • A collaborative approach and excellent interpersonal skills will be essential in dealing with diverse groups including community groups, the public, schools, museum colleagues, volunteers.
  • Must hold a valid  full New Zealand drivers licence

A full job description is available on request.

Applications are to be emailed to .

Applications are to be received by 19 July 2019.

Closing date: 
Friday, 19 July 2019 - 5:30pm