Assistant Curator Maritime Heritage

About us

The Western Australian Museum is a vibrant centre of inspiration, learning and enjoyment for everyone. It preserves, documents and shares collections relating to the State’s natural and cultural heritage. It collaborates with people across Western Australia to share the stories and voices of diverse communities. It works alongside national and international organisations, contributing to global research, promoting life-long learning, and developing and hosting world-class exhibitions.

About the role

Assistant Curators in the Maritime Heritage Department support the development, curation, and interpretation of the department’s collections. These positions conduct original research and deliver public outcomes aligned to the WA Museum’s Strategic plan and the departmental Operational plan, working collaboratively within the Museum and externally with partners and stakeholders.

About you

We are looking for dynamic, self-motivated individuals who love working in a positive team environment, enjoy a challenge, and want to make a difference. You will have relevant qualifications in Maritime Heritage that will enable you to undertake a range of maritime heritage related work around the State.

The successful applicants will be expected to have:

  • A tertiary qualification in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated research record in Maritime Heritage.
  • Experience in planning and undertaking Maritime Heritage fieldwork.
  • Ability to work independently, with a high level of written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team.
  • High level of technical and computer skills, and knowledge and experience with word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Experience in Museum practices, particularly Collections Management, including artefact photography, and online public access.
  • You will be expected to be willing and able to undertake all aspects of fieldwork which includes diving, including being able to pass medical requirements for occupational divers (as defined by AS2299). (Not required for the 6-month contract position))

How to apply

Please ensure that you review the attached Job Description Forms (JDF) for further information about the work-related requirements (Selection Criteria) of these positions. This information will assist you with the preparation of your application.

We require you to submit:

  • A current comprehensive CV, including the contact details of two Referees.
  • A statement of no more than two (2) A4 pages addressing the following ‘essential Work-Related Requirements’ (per JDF). (Please provide relevant examples to support your claims):
  1. Demonstrated Research record in Maritime Heritage.
  2. Demonstrated experience in planning and undertaking Maritime Heritage fieldwork.
  3. Experience in Museum practices, particularly Collections Management, including artefact photography and online public access.
  4. Willing and able to undertake all aspects of fieldwork which includes diving, including being able to pass medical requirements for occupational divers (as defined by AS2299). (Note: Not required for the 6-month contract position).

The remaining work-related requirements will be addressed at a later stage in the recruitment process.

Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to submit your application, as late applications will not be accepted.

To submit your application, click “Apply for Job” button at the bottom of this page. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

If you experience technical difficulties applying online, please contact the RAMS Helpdesk on 1300 733 056, in the first instance. For information about the process, you can contact Human Resources on (08) 6552 1718.

Further Information

If you would like further information on this opportunity, please contact the Head of Maritime Heritage, Corioli Souter, on (08) 9431 8435.

Eligibility to Apply

  • To be eligible for appointment, applicants must have a valid Working Visa (for fixed term appointments) or be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or have a Visa to live and work indefinitely in Australia (for permanent appointments) at the time of application.
  • A current (within 6 months) National Police Clearance Certificatewill be required prior to commencement of employment, as per the Department’s Police Record Screening Policy.

Pool Recruitment

This Pool will be open for a period of 18 months from the day after the Breach of Standard claim period closes. Permanent and fixed term, full time, and part time appointments may be offered as vacancies arise; however, an appointment is not guaranteed.

Applicants found suitable in this recruitment Pool, may be considered for subsequent, similar vacancies with the WA Museum for the duration of the Pool.

Equity and Diversity

The WA Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to creating an equitable and diverse working environment and providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and young people. The Museum values the importance of a work environment which is representative of the wider community, and which supports a variety of perspectives.

Subsequent Vacancies

Applicants found suitable but not recommended for this vacancy, may be considered for subsequent similar vacancies at the WA Museum for a period of twelve (12) months, in accordance with Part 5 (General Appointment) of Commissioner’s Instruction No. 2: Filling a Public Sector Vacancy.

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