Senior Conservator, Exhibitions


  • APS 6 – Attractive salary package and employee benefits including 15.4% superannuation
  • Ongoing/Non ongoing
  • Australia’s leading museum located waterside in beautiful Darling Harbour

In this role you will be working in a multidisciplinary museum team and will coordinate, plan and lead conservation activities related to the museums exhibition function. You will be plan, lead, participate in and undertake complex conservation treatment, research and scientific analysis for a wide range of object materials and formats in the National Maritime Collection (NMC) ensuring its ongoing preservation in line with museum policies, priorities, conservation ethics and best practice.

Your key responsibilities will include: 

  • Working in a multidisciplinary museum team coordinate, plan and lead conservation activities related to the museums exhibition function, including incoming loans
  • Negotiate and communicate resource and budget requirements
  • Organise, schedule and monitor activities ensuring efficient and effective use of resources
  • Plan, lead, participate in and undertake complex conservation treatment, research and scientific analysis for a wide range of object materials and formats in the NMC ensuring its ongoing preservation in line with museum policies, priorities, conservation ethics and best practice
  • Evaluate, recommend and apply new ethical conservation treatments in consultation with internal and external stakeholders as required
  • Provide expert technical conservation advice, assistance and training on best practice and procedures in the handling, care, display and transportation of cultural material objects to internal and external museum stakeholders
  • Lead development and execution of allocated conservation projects, monitor evaluate progress of project and adjust plans as required for project completion and success
  • Undertake collection risk assessment and provide conservation input into project risk management. Identify problems, appropriate risk mitigation and act on as required
  • Ensure touring collection meets conservation requirements, which include but not limited to appropriate courier service for outgoing loans and travelling exhibitions, accompanying collection and undertaking installations of collection
  • Collaborate on and undertake collection care programmes, particularly collection surveys and management of hazards in NMC, as well as environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, light levels and pollutant monitoring and disaster preparedness
  • Undertake, collaborate and participate in the development, maintenance and documentation of conservation procedures, policy and strategic objectives
  • Lead, supervise, train, advise and assist staff as required. Collaborate and support in the management of interns and volunteers when required
  • Collaborate and participate in the development and delivery of workshops, public forums and outreach programs in the area of conservation. Develop, prepare and deliver training, seminars, talks and tours as needed, representing the museum at internal and external functions and conferences  

To be successfully in this role, you will have:  

    • Tertiary qualifications in materials conservation and minimum five years’ experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of cultural heritage conservation
    • Broad experience from cultural institutions undertaking preventive and remedial conservation of different collection and material types, with a focus on an area of specialisation
    • Demonstrated specialist knowledge of current conservation practice
    • Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) Membership
    • Extensive high-level experience in complex materials conservation, conservation techniques and related scientific processes
    • Extensive knowledge and understanding of application of conservation ethics, as set out by the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)
    • Demonstrated high-level organisational skills showing initiative and good work management skills, including self-discipline, motivation and the ability to prioritise and manage time to complete tasks and meet deadlines
    • Well-developed capacity for problem solving
    • Sound knowledge and experience of office software, as well as familiarity with collection management databases and other specialised computer applications
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, lead and supervise staff
    • Demonstrated ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders, prepare and deliver talks and presentations

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