Collections Officer

Hours : 40
Salary : Based on experience.

collections officer 

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for the role of Collections Officer at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset. As one of the leading Museums and visitor attractions in the South West, with over 125,000 visitors annually, you will be joining a dynamic and engaged team of over 120 staff and volunteers.
The Museum has over 400 vehicles and as a charity it has three core aims: preservation, restoration and education. The Museum also operates several businesses that donate all of their profits to support these charitable aims. It is essential that the successful candidate can collaborate across the organisation in order to help deliver the Museum’s strategic plan.
Role Summary

Preserving our collection and the knowledge that surrounds it sits at the core of the Museum’s mission and this exciting role will support the care and research of the core collection. The successful candidate will gain hands-on Museum experience within the Collections Department helping us deliver the strategic plan and ambitions of the Museum both within our walls and beyond the gates.
We are looking for an innovative, enthusiastic and motivated Museum professional, perhaps early in their career, to deliver the preventive conservation programme, develop their experience of collections management and work alongside other disciplines to gain experience in order to build their Museum skills. The successful candidate must be proactive, hands-on and keen to work in our fast paced work environment. They’ll strive to deliver a culture of exceptional service, ensuring our visitors and partners always have the best possible experience. 
Key tasks 
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate the Museum’s conservation cleaning programme to ensure objects on display and in storage are regularly inspected, recorded and where necessary treated in accordance with established procedures. 
  • Plan, arrange and supervise the collation and recording of environmental, pest and other collection monitoring data. 
  • Promote the role of preventive conservation in the Museum environment by being hands-on, active and visitor-facing.
  • Work collaboratively with the curatorial team to support the delivery of high quality exhibitions and redisplay of current collections.
  • Develop an understanding of the collection by leading a basic documentation audit, managing loans and responding to day-to-day enquiries.
  • Responsible for the completion of risk assessments and leading safe working practices for all collections-related activity.
  • Attend relevant training courses and liaise with other Museum institutions in order to maintain up-to-date specialist knowledge and continue professional development. 
  • An undergraduate degree or qualification in Museum-related studies or demonstrable experience of working or volunteering in a heritage environment (Essential) 
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (Desirable)
 Key skills and experience
  • Self-motivated and reliable, with a clear focus on reaching deadlines on time and on budget (Essential) 
  • At least two years' experience working in Museum/arts/heritage collections care (Desirable) 
  • Ability to handle a variety of Museum objects ranging from tax discs to a DeLorean (Essential) 
  • Interest in motoring history or technology would be helpful but not essential (Desirable) 
  • Full, clean driving licence (Essential)
 Hours, Culture and Structure
This role is active with time shared between the office and Museum floor, but the successful candidate will be expected to attend networking events, conferences and other events as part of the role. The open plan office is busy and all staff are engaged and supportive with a “Nothing is too much trouble” approach.
You will report directly to the Collections Director and work on a daily basis alongside the collections team, interacting across all departments of the Museum and commercial operations of the organisation.
Competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Please submit the following by email to Laura Gangadeen, Collections Director:  
  • A copy of your CV, with your work history in reverse chronological order i.e. your most recent employment first. 
  • A covering letter outlining clearly how you match the key skills and key tasks listed above (maximum one page size 12 font). 
Please note we will only consider candidates with relevant experience.
The closing date for this role Monday 4th November 2019.