The National Library of Australia is the custodian of a rich collection reflecting the people and culture that shape Australia and Australians. The Library is seeking to fill the role of a Senior Conservation Officer within the Collection Care Section. The Senior Conservation Officer will be part of a small team that facilitates access to the Nation’s memory through strategically focused preservation actions working across a variety of the Library’s priorities including,

  • the annual prioritised treatment program,

  • the strategic preventive program,

  • collaborative activities including the exhibitions, loans and new acquisitions programs, and

  • the implementation of the organisational redesign and continuous improvement of the Collection Care section.

The successful candidate will

  • be able to work under limited direction,

  • have demonstrated skills and experience in the conservation treatment of book and paper-based collections and be able to complete conservation treatment tasks that are complex in nature.

  • be able to prioritise and allocate work across their own and allocated staff work programs and undertake complex management tasks.

  • have a demonstrated ability to seek out and initiate effective and efficient work process change, and

  • have the strong stakeholder engagement and communication skills.

Role requirements – Relevant qualifications in cultural heritage conservation and extensive hands-on experience of the treatment of library and archival collections.

How to apply – Applications are to be submitted through the Library’s online e-recruitment system. Applicants must provide a statement of claims in 600 words or less outlining qualifications, skills and experience as they relate to the position.


This role has been advertised previously. We welcome previous applicants to re-apply.

To access the role description please look here, alternatively go directly to the Jobs at the Library in the ‘About Us’ section on the NLA website.

Contact Officer

Tania Riviere
Director, Collection Care

t: (02) 6262-1349



Parkes Place, Parkes
National Library of Australia
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