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Museum Technician

  • Organisation:Zayed National Museum
  • Location:Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
  • Contract type:Full Time

The role of the Museum Technician is to oversee the work of outsourced storage providers and storage facilities to ensure all collection items are stored according to the recommended levels of environmental and security standards as well as working with Conservation, Collection Management, Exhibitions and Curatorial teams to safely manage the housing, mounting, framing,  packing, transport and handling of the collection.

Oversee the performance of outsourced collection storage, handling and logistics providers, ensuring adherence to contractual agreements and SLAs, staffing levels, training of staff in the proper handling techniques and storage, and achievement of deliverables.


  • Work with colleagues in Exhibitions and Displays Department and the Curatorial Department to coordinate the installation of objects in the preparation for the museum opening.
  • Train the outsourced Collections Storage & Preparatory Assistants in object and manual-handling techniques.
  • Supervise the transport of the collection in between venues, before, during and after treatment when required  (MAS/QAW/ZNM)
  • Help in managing stock/ materials and supplies and provide conservators with adequate type,  size, quantity of selected materials and products when required during conservation treatment, for  housing, mounting, matting framing, displaying and packing.
  • Assist conservators and assistant conservators during, photography, examination, analysis, preventive conservation and interventive/ remedial conservation, housing,  matting and mounting, through the preparation of supporting surfaces, cleaning of equipment and tools, measuring and cutting of support materials, tapes, measuring and mixing of solutions, adhesives, glues, refilling containers and bottles, opening frames and mounts, lifting and moving objects, props, display cases, doors, clearing pathways


  • Lead and manage the outsourced storage and collections assistant staff, who are responsible for all activities related to the handling and housekeeping of the collections.
  • Ensure that the storage and handling teams are trained with the skills necessary for the safe handling & storage of the museum collection, adhering to EHS and IPM policies & procedures.
  • Support the curatorial, exhibitions, and collection management and conservation teams in exhibition installation / deinstallation, gallery rotations and transportation of objects for incoming / outgoing loans.
  • Oversee the packing, unpacking, and crating of art objects, as well as purchasing supplies, assisting with environmental monitoring, and maintenance and organization of art storage areas and exhibit preparation/fabrication workshop.
  • Work closely with the Collections Management and Conservation Section Head, the conservation function and the Facilities Management Department to ensure that the IPM strategy is implemented and monitored, and overseeing IPM activities in storage and gallery areas.
  • Support the exhibition, curatorial and conservation teams by performing matting, framing and some and basic collection care maintenance tasks, building and painting temporary walls and platforms, moves object cases and other exhibit furniture, lights exhibits, installs art in all media using accepted museum standards and practice, assists in art inventories, and supervises contract installation workers.
  • Ensure visitors in the Collections Study Room are supervised whilst archived material/collections objects are being viewed.
  • Support the Registrar Unit Head and Collections Management and Conservation Section Head with disaster preparedness and emergency planning.
  • Ensure all museum staff receive object-handling training and guidance in collections management standards, if required.


Required Experience

  • Minimum of 4 years of experience
  • At least two years of experience with the care and handling of archaeological and / or fine art objects in a museum or gallery setting.
  • Knowledge of museum standards regarding the care and handling of objects.
  • Experience or familiarity with the principles and practices of collections management.
  • Experience of loan couriering, awareness of related health and safety considerations.
  • Demonstrable experience of gallery and exhibition work including: object handling; storage; packing and moving objects; museum documentation procedures; and an ability to provide
  • training in these areas.
  • Knowledge of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies and techniques.
  • Experience of using warehouse-type equipment e.g. pallet truck and reach trucks.
  • Knowledge of isolation, basic disinfestation through anoxia and freezing, and hygienization of contaminated collections.
  • Understanding of Control of Substances Hazardous to Health and of the risks posed by different museum collections and treatment agents employed by conservators.
  • Fluency in English.

Preferred Experience    

  • Experience in using museum collections management systems such as kEmu.

Required Education / Qualifications        

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) with some engineering or carpentry skills,


To Apply

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

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