Senior Conservator - Preventive – Full Time - Ongoing- APS6

The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is leading remembrance and understanding of Australia’s wartime experience.

The Senior Preventive Conservator contributes to the professional conservation, management, storage and preservation of items from the National Collection. The primary work of this team includes supervision and oversight of preventive conservation programs and initiatives including Gallery Maintenance, environmental monitoring and reporting, integrated pest management, disaster response, collection area cleaning and monitoring and providing a range of training for workers who have collection related roles. The team may also be required to provide assistance to other conservation labs as required. The senior conservator also devises, develops and implements new or improved preventive conservation processes and strategies; documents work performed; supervises staff, contractors and volunteers; provides advice for exhibition, loan and access; and participates in Section and Memorial management activities.    

Core Responsibilities

  • Under general direction from the Conservation Manager, Technology, Objects and Preventive, manage the daily operations of the preventive conservation team, including the development and implementation of the Memorial’s preventive conservation and preservation programs 
  • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders in relation to developing and maintaining preventive conservation programs  
  • Develop and conduct Memorial wide training in preventive conservation principles and practices
  • Document preventive conservation and incident response activities on the Memorial’s Collection Management System
  • Manage the work of staff and contractors and assist with their training and development
  • Develop and implement new preventive conservation techniques and procedures
  • Liaise with, and provide assistance to, other conservation labs as required
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary teams for the delivery of exhibitions and other projects, establishing and maintaining liaison with other staff responsible for the preservation, care, development and use of collection material, especially with regard to the storage, handling and display of collection
  • Provide conservation and preservation advice to other sections of the Memorial, professional colleagues and to the wider community
  • Conduct manual handling tasks including movement of a wide range of objects   

Selection Criteria

Essential Criteria:
1. Demonstrated experience managing preventive conservation programs in a large and complex collecting institution;

2. Demonstrated ability to develop and conduct preventive conservation training to a wide range of workers including disaster response, hazards and pest management;

3. Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and the ability to prioritise workloads and bring projects to completion;

4. Demonstrated ability to lead, build and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of people, both internal and external to the Memorial; possessing high level interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills including coordination, liaison and representation skills;

5. Demonstrated understanding of Work Health and Safety frameworks as they relate to collection work. 

The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

For further information on the position, please call the Contact Officer: Laura Kennedy, 6243 4362

To Apply

Please prepare the following documents before you start your application:

  1. A response addressing the Selection Criteria (maximum 2 pages)
  2. Current Resume

There is no ability to save your application and revisit, it must be completed in one session.

Applications should be submitted in WORD (.doc or .docx) or .PDF by Midnight (AEST) on 22 April 2021.

If you experience any problems with the application system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6243 4234 or email


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