Part Time, 16 hours per week, maternity leave position
The Sovereign Hill Museums Association is Australia’s leading independent museum organisation. Our purpose is to inspire an understanding of the significance of the central Victorian gold rushes in Australia’s national story.
We collect, conserve and interpret the mining, social, cultural and environmental heritage of the Ballarat region through our world-famous Sovereign Hill Outdoor Museum, the Gold Museum Ballarat, Sovereign Hill Hotel, the Blood on the Southern Cross sound and light show and our pastoral property, Narmbool.
The Museums Division cares for, researches and interprets the Association’s museum collection of some 150,000 items. It presents a variety of public programs – exhibitions, education programs, guided tours, interpretive activities and other events associated with the heritage of the Ballarat region.
An opportunity now exists for a 7 month maternity leave replacement position on a job share part time basis (2 days per week, Thursday and Friday)
Reporting to the Gold Museum Manager/Senior Curator, the Historian is responsible for providing research support to museum programs and to promote historical scholarship and interpretation for internal and external users, consistent with Sovereign Hill policy.
We are seeking someone with demonstrated experience in conducting research tasks and preparing reports, working to deadlines, locating and evaluating sources of information and resource materials and demonstrated familiarity in using library systems.
Qualifications in history, fine arts, museum studies, human studies, cultural studies or related disciplines are required.
If this sounds like the opportunity you have been looking for please visit our website at www.sovereignhill.com.au/careers for more information including a full position description, full key selection criteria and information on how to apply.
Applicants must be eligible to work in Australia and appointment is subject to satisfactory Police Record and Working with Children Checks
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Sovereign Hill is an outdoor museum presenting the story of Australia’s fabulous goldrush history. Its particular focus is the impact of the great 19th century gold discoveries on the growth of Ballarat, which was a small pastoral settlement when gold was discovered in 1851. By 1861, Ballarat had grown into a fine provincial city built on the wealth derived from its gold.
Since opening in November 1970, Sovereign Hill has become an Australian tourism icon, winning many major tourism awards. Today, Sovereign Hill attracts some 450,000 visitors each year and is known world wide as a living museum with a strong emphasis on working machinery and exhibits, costumed interpreters and visitor participation.
Sovereign Hill is administered by The Sovereign Hill Museums Association – a not-for-profit, community-based organisation. The Association is controlled by a Board elected by members and serving in a voluntary capacity. Management is in the hands of an Executive Director and professional staff. In all, some 350 people are employed, and their work is supported by over 250 volunteers who help bring the Outdoor Museum to life and assist the Gold Museum with its curatorial work and tour guiding.
Sovereign Hill occupies around 25 hectares of land. Half of this comprises the Outdoor Museum. The remainder is used for our evening sound and light show, ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ and as paddocks for our working horses