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Collections Manager

Hamilton City Council

Job details

Hamilton City Council
30 Sep 2022
Work type
Full time employment
Work classification
Culture & Heritage, Visual Arts


About the role
Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato aims to be the best regional museum in Aotearoa New Zealand and is committed to sharing the art, culture, and history of Waikato through exhibitions, collections, events and educational programmes, and world class experiences.

We are looking for a motivated and experienced Collection Manager to join our team.  The successful applicant will actively manage and care for the Waikato Museum collection as well as supporting the Museum’s public facing exhibitions and services. The Collection Manager will ensure the Museum delivers high standards in collection documentation and collection care and increase access to and enjoyment of the Waikato Museum collection.

To fulfil the requirements of this busy, varied role we are looking for a self-directed, motivated and flexible team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Skills and Experience

  • University degree and/or post-graduate qualification in Museum Studies or other relevant area of study
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a collections based role in a Museum or similar institution
  • Sound understanding of registration, collection management and related disciplines
  • Experience in loan management, database management (in particular Vernon CMS), and the usual record keeping of a museum
  • Knowledge of preventative conservation techniques
  • An understanding of te reo Maaori, tikanga Maaori and an understanding of the dimensions of cultural, physical and spiritual care of Taonga Maaori
  • Full driver’s license with the ability to drive a truck if required to.


  • We give you additional leave! A wellbeing Day and community Day each year
  • We support those with career aspirations with further training and development
  • Employee wellness program and a range of lifestyle benefits

About us
Waikato Museum's exhibitions, events and programmes tell our stories from a regional and global perspective, and include visual art, social history, tangata whenua and science from touring exhibitions, and the museum’s own collections. 
On the banks of the Waikato River, in the heart of Hamilton's south-end cultural precinct, Waikato Museum's 13 galleries feature more than 25 new exhibitions and 100 public events annually. Through this interactive programme we aim to engage and inspire our local and international visitors.

How to apply
Click APPLY and you will be directed to our careers page.
Learn more about the role by clicking here to view a copy of the Position Description

All candidates will be notified of the outcome on their application via email. Short-listed candidates may be required to complete an interview process, reference checks, pre-employment medical, drug and alcohol assessments, credit check and a Ministry of Justice or Police vetting check.

We will only collect personal information from you, or any relevant agencies with your consent, in accordance with our obligations in the Privacy Act 2020, which are to only undertake pre-employment screening checks relevant to the specific duties and functions of the role being advertised. The types of checks we conduct will vary depending on the role. You can find more information by clicking here about our recruitment process including the specific checks we undertake for each role.

Hamilton City Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture.

Please note this role is being sourced directly and we are not accepting applications via external recruitment agencies.  Due to border restrictions, only people who are already eligible to live and work in New Zealand should apply. Evidence will be required.

Written by

Bettle & Associates

29 Aug 2022