1811_1 - Curator (Vertebrate Zoology)

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Posted: 07/06/2018 14:01
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £25,034
Location: World Museum
Level: Curatorial
Deadline: 04/07/2018 12:00
Hours: 37.00
Benefits: Benefits: EAP, Flexi System, Childcare Voucher
Job Type: Established [A]

Interviews to be held on Tuesday 31 July 2018


The Vertebrate Zoology collection comprises 78,760 specimens and is ranked amongst the top twenty in importance in the world. It includes NML’s founding collection - the 13th Earl of Derby's magnificent bequest of his internationally important collection to the people of Liverpool in 1851.

The post holder will be based in the Vertebrate Zoology section of World Museum (WM) (Collections & Estates Division) and will initially be managed by the Director of WM. 

The successful candidate will make a significant contribution to the delivery of venue, collection, research, engagement and environmental justice programmes.

Our Mission

To be the world’s leading example of an inclusive museum service.

 Our Values

We are an inclusive and democratic museum service; we believe in the concept of social justice: we are funded by the whole of the public and in return we strive to provide an excellent service to the whole of the public.

  • We believe that museums are fundamentally educational in purpose.
  • We believe that museums are places for ideas and dialogue that use collections to inspire people.
  • We believe in the power of museums to help promote good and active citizenship, and to act as agents of social change: museums change lives.
  • We believe in the importance of sustainable development and we recognise that we have a role to play in the conservation and protection of the built and natural environment.                                                                                                      
  •  We believe in seeking out new opportunities and innovative ways of working, so as to keep our public offer fresh, relevant, challenging and competitive.

NML, which employs approximately 500 staff, is sponsored by central government through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).  It is a non departmental public body, an exempt charity, and has a limited liability subsidiary company, as well as associate trust and foundation affiliates, to account for.  The day-to-day operations are managed by an Executive Board, headed up by the Accounting Officer and Director. The Executive is supported by a Board of Trustees and is chaired by Sir David Henshaw. 

The current economic climate is extremely challenging for NML with core funding from its sponsoring department reduced in line with other public bodies.  Strong financial leadership and management is critical to ensure that NML continues to deliver value for money, develops its funding and income generation opportunities, and manages its cost base. 

Purpose of the Job

To support the Director of WM in the strategic development of WM’s internationally significant natural science collection totalling ca. 1.6 million items.

To manage and develop an internationally significant collection of scientific, historic and cultural importance. 

To make the collection accessible through display, research and publication, including online, public enquiries, talks and contributions to education programmes.

To be responsible for the care, documentation and use of the Vertebrate Zoology collection.

To work with and support projects and initiatives across NML in line with corporate priorities.

Main Activities

Initially reporting to the Director of WM you will:

  • Contribute to the overall management of the WM Curatorial Department, exercising line management responsibility and, as required, supervise curatorial staff, project assistants, students and volunteers. 
  • Support the Director in regularly updating and delivering an ambitious Vertebrate Zoology development plan.
  • Assist the Director in developing an innovative collecting programme. In particular, research and recommend potential acquisitions of historic and contemporary vertebrate zoology items, negotiating with potential donors where necessary.
  • Provide advice about technical support and collection care services, necessary for the management and operation of the collections in your care and for venue related public programmes.
  • Assist the Director in considering requests for loans, especially in respect of collections in your care.
  • Act as a courier for Vertebrate Zoology loans, nationally and internationally including handling duties as appropriate.      
  • Manage and develop the documentation of the Vertebrate Zoology collection, including maintaining, creating and updating collections information on the NML database (Mimsy XG) and in the object history files.   
  • Answer public enquiries and promote public and specialist access to the Vertebrate Zoology collection.
  • Maintain a commitment to continuing professional development and the development of a subject specialism that will provide new insight and understanding of our historic collections and develop these collections through contemporary fieldwork and collaborative conservation initiatives.
  • Develop exciting new connections between our collection and conservation agencies in order to support wildlife conservation initiatives on an international, national and regional level.   In particular, establish strong connections with Liverpool City Region natural history organisations and environmental initiatives.
  • Develop and disseminate knowledge of the collections and natural science displays through research and publication and, most importantly, ensure effective popular communication of outputs to wide-ranging audiences. 
  • Make the Vertebrate Zoology collections accessible through interpretation, exhibitions, displays and public activities, research, public enquiries, web information, publications and other media developed in conjunction with WM curatorial colleagues and NML-wide functional work teams.
  • Support the incremental upgrading of the natural science gallery at WM and act as Lead Curator for the Vertebrate Zoology section, and for temporary and permanent exhibitions, when appropriate.
  • Liaise with Learning staff over NML public programmes, including providing talks/lectures and guided tours of the collections, support and information.
  • Liaise over collections movement, handling, display and storage with Estates, Registrar, Conservation and Exhibition staff.
  • Liaise with, and provide information to, colleagues in Marketing and Communications over publicity and press, with reference to Vertebrate Zoology collections. 
  • Contribute as required to the development of NML projects.
  • Place purchase orders for supplies, equipment and services within agreed NML Financial Guidance and systems liaising with suppliers and the Finance department as necessary.
  • Proactively identify and secure external funding solutions for future work.
  • Raise public awareness by representing NML and WM on outside bodies including cognate societies. Liaise in particular with curatorial staff and the Earl and Countess of Derby at Knowsley Hall, the provenance of NML’s foundation collection. Participate in regional, national and international meetings, and assist in the planning and organising of conferences and symposia within NML.
  • Develop NML’s commitment to Equality and Diversity and promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.
  • Manage NML’s Health and Safety Policies and Procedures and make a contribution to the continuance of a sound health and safety culture within the department.
  • Undertake additional duties, as required, from time to time.
  • Undertake training and development courses and programmes, as required.
  • Show the highest integrity and confidentiality in the pursuance of these duties.

The details contained in this job description reflect the content of this job at the date of being prepared.  It is however possible that over time the nature of the job will change.  Consequently NML will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult with the post holder at the appropriate time.

Employee Specification

Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Payband 5






Educated to degree level or equivalent

Postgraduate qualification and/ or Museums Association Diploma or equivalent





Of museums in a curatorial role

Publications and presentation track record

Of curating/ organising exhibitions

In the interpretation of collections for visitors

Of documentation of museum collections

Researching subjects relating to vertebrate zoology











Knowledge and skills

Demonstrable evidence of a knowledge of vertebrate zoology

Demonstrable dedication to and passion for protecting the environment and conserving wildlife

Detailed understanding of the principles of collections management

Collection-based research skills

Ability to work as part of team

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ability to present and talk to the public and a wide range of stakeholders

Experience of communicating through a range of channels, including on-line and social media

Ability to think creatively and work on own initiative

Computer skills

Excellent organisational and project management skills with ability to prioritise and work to deadlines



























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