Team Leader Conservation


  • Temporary full-time employment to 31 December 2021
  • Opportunity to be part of a once in a lifetime iconic museum project
  • Salary between $82,571 – $97,616 + superannuation + leave loading

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) embodies the best of design ingenuity and innovation, profiling one of the world’s great collections. The Museum is a highly successful interdisciplinary institution that sits at the intersection of the arts, design, science and technology and plays a critical role in supporting the brand and vision of the city.

The MAAS Project is the relocation of the Powerhouse Museum and part of a wider government project for the creation of a new arts and cultural precinct in western Sydney. It represents a once in a generation opportunity to develop a twenty first century museum that responds to growth and the changing shape of Sydney, and to contemporary methods of content delivery, learning and collaboration.

The Opportunity

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Team Leader Conservation (Conservator Grade 2) to lead a project team working on the preparation of the collection currently stored at Ultimo for digitisation and relocation to the Museums Discovery Centre.

Reporting to the Collection Logistics Manager, in this role you will

  • Assist the Collection Logistics Manager with relevant operational planning and reporting for the Assessment Phase of the Collection Relocation.
  • In partnership with the Team Leader Conservation, supervise staff to ensure a high level of collection management practice and a culture of optimal external and internal customer service.
  • Assess conservation and preservation needs, participate in optimal preventive conservation activities and procedures, undertake research and assist in the identification and management of hazards present in the Museum collections
  • Ensure the safety, security, location control and maintenance of objects on display and in storage.
  • Ensure statutory and legislative requirements are adhered to and effective risk management procedures are in place.

The successful candidate

To be successful in this role you will have;

  • Demonstrated and extensive experience in assessing conservation and preservation needs of multi-disciplinary heritage collections
  • Tertiary qualification, specialist training and experience in the conservation of cultural materials from multi-disciplinary heritage collections, or equivalent, plus a minimum of 2 years conservation experience in their one or more subject specialisation areas
  • Knowledge of national and international frameworks, ethics and issues relevant to heritage collections
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare high quality documentation and reports, and collaborate with team members and key stakeholders on complex projects in a multidisciplinary organisation
  • Ability to prioritise and meet project deadlines within budget
  • Demonstrated understanding of risk management and disaster preparedness
  • Experience in staff management, including training and WHS issues
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, schedule and manage projects, allied with excellent organisation skills and attention to detail
  • Driver’s license required (or willingness to obtain)

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