Otago Museum director Dr Ian Griffin is interviewing
candidates for three key jobs as the museum moves to
strengthen its collections-related staffing.
The three positions to be filled are collections and research
director, conservation manager and Maori curator.
Dr Griffin said he was already interviewing 10 candidates
from a ''very high calibre field'' for the collections and
Applications had been received from New Zealand, the United
Kingdom and the United States, museum marketing and
development director Caroline Cook said.
There had also been strong interest in the other two jobs,
with more than 50 people applying for each.
It was hoped to announce the successful applicants in coming
weeks and for the positions to be filled within the next two
to three months.
Dr Griffin told a recent Otago Museum Trust Board meeting the
museum had previously ''underinvested in its collection for
decades'', and collections-related staffing would be
Ms Cook said safeguarding and managing the collections were
''critical'' for the museum's future.