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Position title

Curatorial and Research

APS Level 6

Immediate Supervisor
Senior Curator

Non-ongoing (temporary), Full-time, 18 months with the possibility of an extension to three years

Acton, Canberra

Application close date
11.30pm, Thursday 26 January 2017

Position contact
George Main, 0459 588 559

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The Museum

The National Museum of Australia (the Museum) is a place that celebrates our people and our culture of storytelling. It is a place to explore our relationships to each other, to the places we live, and to the objects and events in our past. The Museum is the place where we come together to share stories of our unique and distinctive nation, to be part of a national conversation. Come and join the conversation. Be part of the story. Our story.

Information about our collections, galleries, research, temporary exhibitions and public programs, as well as corporate documents including annual reports, strategic plans and visitor research is available on our website at Applicants are encouraged to review this information as part of their application preparation.

Working environment and remuneration

The Museum offers:

  • creative and diverse work
  • a flexible and family friendly working environment
  • results that you can see and from which you can have immediate job satisfaction.

Annual salary of between $74,522 and $83,525 plus superannuation. Employment conditions are covered by the The National Museum of Australia Enterprise Agreement 2012-2014 or its successor. Other arrangements may be negotiated under an Individual Flexibility Agreement.

Responsibilities of the section

The Curatorial and Research section is responsible for the conceptual development of the Museum’s collections, research, exhibitions and public programs. It has three thematic areas – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories; Australian History and Society since 1788; and People’s interaction with the Environment. The section has the following responsibilities:

  • Developing the National Historical Collection to represent Australian history and experience for present and future generations;
  • Maintaining and developing high quality exhibitions and other programs that are challenging and entertaining for national and international audiences;
  • Enhancing the NMA’s research standing as an authority on Australian history and experience;
  • Cultivating partnerships with leading cultural and academic organisations and associations;
  • Contributing to the development of a stimulating and productive workplace in which staff are valued and respected.

Responsibilities of the position

As a Curator you will take a leading role in the development of concepts and content for a new permanent gallery of environmental history, including collections acquisitions and documentation. You will be responsible for:

  • Providing expertise relating to Australian environmental history, the environmental humanities and/or related scholarly disciplines;
  • Helping to lead the development of a conceptual framework and content for a new gallery of environmental history;
  • Developing specific exhibition modules through the application of experience and skills in the effective blending of objects, text and multimedia within exhibits, to create a vibrant, meaningful and audience-centered experience;
  • Initiating and completing collections acquisitions work associated with the development of a new permanent gallery of environmental history, and completion of high quality collection records for these including photography/digitisation requests;
  • Undertaking media and other communications work associated with gallery development and collections acquisitions;
  • Assisting with the administration of collections documentation, data entry and processing of photography requests and copyright/licencing;
  • Ensuring that you have sufficient supervision, instruction and equipment to undertake your work safely.

Selection criteria

Applicants must respond to each of the following selection criteria in their application:

  1. Knowledge and experience in Australian environmental history, the environmental humanities and/or related disciplines.
  2. Extensive curatorial experience and skills in exhibition development, including research, community engagement, the identification and acquisition of collections, and the development of exhibition modules that address needs of a variety of audience segments.
  3. Well-developed communication and liaison experience and skills, including demonstrable capacity to initiate and build collaborative relationships with a range of external stakeholders including community representatives, exhibition designers and multimedia producers, and to supervise internal staff.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in small team environments.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work independently and cooperatively in the management of complex projects and complete tasks to a high quality, within the allocated time and budget.
  6. Demonstrated experience using a range of museum collection and image databases, and software programs such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint.
  7. Knowledge and understanding of workplace safety and health issues.

Note: Applications should include contact details for two referees.


To be eligible to apply for this vacancy, applicants must:

- be an Australian citizen;

- undergo a number of pre-employment checks, which includes a police records check.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions regarding this position please contact George Main, 0459 588 559.


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