Senior Curator of Natural Sciences

Deadline: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 11:00
Employer: National Museums Northern Ireland
Contract Duration: Permanent
Contract Type: Full Time
Salary: £38,017 - £41,799

The Senior Curator of Natural Sciences will be responsible for leading and setting the strategic direction for the team of natural sciences curators at National Museums NI. They will both oversee and participate in the research, management and development of the natural sciences collections, ensuring a user focused approach to collections-based activities. In particular, the post holder will take the lead in defining and implementing a new strategic direction for the natural sciences collections, ensuring their potential is maximised in response to key strategic environmental and biodiversity agendas. The post holder will also contribute more broadly to the work of the Collections directorate and the overall corporate objectives of National Museums NI.

The Senior Curator of Natural Sciences will lead in collections research and public programmes that will enhance the organisation’s reputation, raise awareness and understanding of the collections, be responsive to user needs and contribute to greater access to the collections and associated knowledge. They will provide a key leadership role for staff within the department, the directorate and across the organisation.

The post-holder will be expected to work collaboratively with colleagues across all business areas both on an individual basis and as part of wider project teams. In doing so they will support the organisational values of excellence, authenticity, teamwork, respect, and courage.

The natural sciences collections of National Museums NI represent the natural scientific heritage of the island of Ireland, with a focus on the north of Ireland, and material of international provenance. They cover botany, zoology and geology, supplemented by a range of essential supporting documentation and interpretative material. The post-holder will be expected to work flexibly to develop and apply specialist knowledge within the broad field of natural sciences, in line with organisational needs and priorities.