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Situations Vacant: Merchandise Coordinator, Wellington

Merchandise Coordinator

Permanent Full-Time

This is an opportunity to join a motivated, high-performing team at Wellington’s group of dynamic and award-winning visitor attractions.

Museums Wellington is looking for a Merchandise Coordinator to grow Museums Wellington’s retail operations and online presence in line with our values and strategic direction. Museums Wellington consists of four brands – Wellington Museum, Nairn Street Cottage, Space Place and Cable Car Museum.

The Merchandise Coordinator is a commercially focused procurement and promotions role, and is an integral part of the Commercial Team. The Commercial Team provides leadership to drive revenues supporting Museums Wellington across commercial activities including retail, venue hire, food and beverage, admissions and tours.

We’re looking for a candidate who has:

  • A minimum of two years in a retail role.
  • Strong Visual Merchandising skills.
  • Experience in the management of budgets
  • Strong administrative skills, including Excel and POS systems.
  • Experience with e-commerce systems and database management.
  • Energy, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Museums Wellington is a part of Wellington Museums Trust (trading as Experience Wellington), a registered charity established by Wellington City Council as a Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) to manage and develop its culture and arts visitor experiences.

To apply for this role and to view a full position description, please go to our website

If you have any questions please email

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 5th September 2018.

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.


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Get Ready For Museum Store Sunday 2018!

Time to Get Ready for Museum Store Sunday 2018!

It’s time to get ready for Museum Store Sunday (MSS), taking place internationally on Sunday, November 25, 2018 with participation by more than 700 Museum Stores representing ten countries, and three continents to date. Museum Store Sunday offers directly to the general consumer, a special shopping experience in one-of-a kind stores, showcasing broad assortments of highly curated, unique, mission-specific gifts during the holiday season and beyond. Learn more about Museum Store Sunday and its recent ICON HONORS award in this special video featuring MSA’s 1st Vice-President, Susan Tudor. So, with all the momentum building again about Museum Store Sunday, how can you get ready for November 25, 2018?

Holiday gift picks for press needs

First, we need to know your special gifts that you will be featuring at your store during Museum Store Sunday. Do you have something exclusive or unique to your store? We are compiling a “Holiday Gift Guide” from MSS store participants to help promote Museum Store Sunday on November 25th to the local, national and international press.

We are looking for 5-7 product selections, from different categories, at all price points ($50 up to $1000). For example, does your store have a Gift for Mom under $100? Products from MSA vendor members would be especially appreciated. We are requesting product name, description, and price. Please send us images and information via a dropbox link or WeTransfer link by Friday, August 17 to


Second, have you determined your Museum Store Sunday events and promotions? Successful events from last year included a multi-museum visit trolley, passport contest, Bookmobile, and artist performance.  Other activity ideas are MSA vendor member trunk shows, book signings, product releases, and live music or food and drinks to make MSS the special day it deserves.

Special day-only discounts on store purchases to members and the general public will also drive traffic and revenue. The recommended “event wide” discount promotion for all participants to embrace is “25% OFF on the 25th”.  Stay tuned for further information about how to submit your planned MSS event online.


Lastly, reach out now to institution colleagues in your Marketing/PR, Membership, Visitor Services, Education, Curatorial, or Café departments to let them know about Museum Store Sunday and how they can support you and participate. More visitors to your institution will result in higher attendance, memberships, engagement, and learning. It’s a “win-win” day of celebrating museums for all.  A handy resource guide about Museum Store Sunday is available for your internal use to promote MSS to your institution colleagues.

Stay tuned for more exciting MSS tips and information in the coming weeks. SIGN UP HERE to participate in Museum Store Sunday 2018 and start your planning now!

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2018 Retail Recognition Awards Winners Announced

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Museums Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand Retail Recognition Awards.

The MSAANZ Retail Recognition Awards promote excellence by recognising institutions who have developed outstanding bespoke products or ranges, that exemplify the highest standards and innovative practice, and engage with diverse audiences. The award winners serve as inspirational leaders to the cultural retail sector: they embody the membership body’s stated values of developing expertise and maximising creativity.

This year there were a record number of entries, from Australia and New Zealand, testament to the high level of innovative practice in the sector. The judging panel had a difficult task in selecting a handful of winners and finalists but were really impressed by the diversity of projects.

We’d like to thank our judges, Larry McInerney, Ang Doake and Karryn Baudet who carefully assessed the entries and negotiated fiercely to agree on the final shortlists. Thank you too, to all of the organisations that entered this year’s Awards. The breadth of entries was extraordinary and it is a real privilege to witness the huge amount of time, expertise and professionalism that goes into these projects, in museums, zoo’s and galleries large and small.

The MSAANZ Retail Recognition Awards are kindly sponsored by Science & Nature.

Best Product or Range – Turnover over 1 million.

WINNER – The National Museum of Australia, for Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Finalist – Auckland Art Gallery, for The Corsini Collection

Finalist – Auckland War Memorial Museum, for Being Chinese in Aotearoa

Best Product or Range – Turnover under 1 million.

WINNER – Wellington Zoo, for Conservation Colouring & Activity Book

Finalist – The Dowse Art Museum, for The Pattern Project

Finalist – ACMI, for Wonderland.


People’s Choice Awards

This year for the first time, all finalists were entered in to a people’s choice award, which was nvoted on by the members and conference delegates.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award for 2018 is ACMI, for Wonderland.

Congratulations again to all those who entered, and to our winners and finalists.

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2018 MSAANZ Retail Recognition Awards Finalists Announced

Congratulations to all the finalists in the 2018 MSAANZ Retail Recognition Awards!

There were a record number of entries, and our hard-working judges had a tough job to select those most deserving of recognition. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner, Thursday the 2nd of August 20 May, the second evening of the MSAANZ18 conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The finalists are:

Best New Product or Range – Turnover under 1 million

The Dowse Art Museum: The Pattern Project

Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) : Wonderland

Wellington Zoo: Conservation Colouring & Activity Book

Best New Product or Range – Turnover over 1 million

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira: Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Journey

National Museum of Australia: Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters

Auckland Art Gallery: The Corsini Collection

All finalists are automatically entered in to the People’s Choice Award, which will be judges by our members online and at conference.

Congratulations again to all finalists, and to those of you who entered.


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Its not too late! Register for MSAANZ18 Now!

It’s Not Too Late: Register for the MSAANZ18 Annual Conference now!

The 2018 Annual Conference will take place on the 1st – 3rd of August, at Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne, Australia, and features a broad range of international and local experts including our keynote speaker Peter van Mullem from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

To download the conference programme, and to register CLICK HERE

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Situations Vacant: Parliament Shop Manager, Canberra

  • Parliamentary Service Level 5
  • Parliament House, Canberra ACT
  • Closing Date: 11:30pm, Thursday 28 June 2018

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for Manager – Parliament Shop vacancy within the Visitor Services section, Parliamentary Experience branch.
We’re looking for an experienced and motivated retail professional to lead a small team. Based in Parliament House, the Department of Parliamentary Services provides professional services, advice and facilities to support the work of the Parliament and makes the building and the work that takes place within it, accessible to the broader community.
The Parliament Shop is a pivotal part of the visitor experience at Parliament House. In this role you’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills toward developing a dynamic retail operation including:

  • Management of the day to day business – budgeting, rostering, financial administration, staff management and training, quality control, stock control, visual merchandising, data collection and reporting.
  • Leadership of a small team of customer service staff
  • Provision of a retail and merchandise strategy in order to meet revenue targets, deliver on customer expectations and promote the Shop more broadly to internal and external markets.
  • Oversee the development and evaluation of bespoke shop products and merchandise that integrate with the visitor experience at Parliament House.
  • This role is suited to a talented multi-tasker with exceptional communication skills and an extensive background in managing all aspects of a retail operation.  You will have a solid understanding of policy and procedure and strong analytical skills. Experience managing a retail operation in a cultural institution or tourism environment will be highly regarded.

Please note: This position may involve work outside of normal business hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.
To apply, please go to the Department of Parliamentary Services careers page:

Department of Parliamentary Services


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Situations Vacant: Space Place & Cable Car Museum, Wellington

Visitor & Retail Services Host, Space Place and Cable Car Museum Permanent Part Time Museums Wellington

Museums Wellington has one role available based at the Cable Car Museum and Space Place. This is a permanent part time role of 30 hours per week, including late nights, weekends and public holidays.

The rostered days are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. You must be available to work these days as rostered.

We are looking for a highly motivated and energetic person to create an amazing experience for our visitors. You will assist with retail sales and administration, front of house duties, some tours and birthday parties.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A proven retail sales record, within a target driven sales environment, and experience in retail administration and MS Office.
  • The ability to demonstrate excellent visual merchandising and creative retail displays.
  • Excellent relationship management and communication skills.
  • Experience in the public speaking and confidence when working with children.
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to adapt to change in a unique work environment.
  • The flexibility to work late nights, weekends and public holidays as rostered.

A strong retail background and experience in visual merchandising are considered a key skill for this role.

To apply for this role and to view a full position description, please go to our website
If you have any questions please email
Applications close 5.00 pm on Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

Museums Wellington

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MSAANZ Retail Recognition Awards

Entries for the MSAANZ Retail Recognition Awards are now open. Celebrating the best in Cultural Retail across New Zealand and Australia, the Award Winners will be announced during the MSAANZ18 Conference Dinner on the evening of Thursday the 2nd of August  2018, with entries open to both Member & Non-Member Cultural Institutions.

Judging of the awards involves a banded system of entry – separating venues turning over less than one million dollars  per year and those over one million dollars.

Recognition award categories include:

  • Best New Bespoke Product or Range
  • People’s Choice Award (awarded by the conference delegates)

To enter, please download the form and guidelines below, and submit your entry no later than 5pm June 30th 2018.

MSAANZ Awards Entry Form 2018

If you have any questions about the process or the ceremony please CONTACT US

2017 Retail Recognition Awards Winners

Best New Product or Range (turnover less than 1 million)

Winner –  Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI) for “RMIT & ACMI Collaboration”

Highly Commended – Museums Wellington for “Wellington Architectural Medley”

Best New Product or Range (turnover over than 1 million)

Winner – Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum for “Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa”

Retail Recognition Awards


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Situations Vacant: Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne

The Shrine of Remembrance is looking for a Retail Officer.

The Shrine of Remembrance is Victoria’s principal war memorial and currently attracts more than 1,000,000 visitors annually.

The Shrine delivers a range of ceremonial, exhibitions, education and event programs. The retail facility located in the Shrine Visitor Centre is a key aspect of the Shrine visitor experience.

The Retail Officer role provides a challenging opportunity for a flexible team player with exceptional customer service skills and a strong background in the retail sales environment.

The successful candidate will perform a variety of duties associated with the management of the retail facility including the selection, marketing and presentation of stock, re-ordering, management of retail, E.Commerce, regular stock takes and sales reporting.

This is an exciting and challenging role, with the opportunity for the right candidate who can develop a strong product knowledge, pro-actively communicate their knowledge to our visitors and in turn grow sales and increase retail profits.

A copy of the position description is available at

For further information about this role please contact Anthony Langley on (03) 9661 8128.  Applications must address in writing the Selection Criteria contained in the position description and can be emailed to close of business Monday 4 June 2018.

Shrine of Remembrance

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2018 Service IQ Museum Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the Museum Shops Association of Australia & New Zealand Best New Product or Range Award at last nights 2018 Service IQ Museum Awards in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Service IQ Museum Awards celebrate the most engaging, visionary, resourceful and innovative exhibitions, programmes and museum project, and the MSAANZ is proud to have partnered with Museums Aotearoa for the second year in sponsoring this award.

Awards host Christchurch Art Gallery won the Award for Best New Product or Range (over $1 million turnover), with their ‘Look Mum, No Hands’ range developed with artist Wayne Youle. The Dowse Art Museum’s collaborative ‘The Pattern Project’ was also a winner in this category for (under $1 million turnover).

The ServiceIQ New Zealand Museum Awards are generously supported by ServiceIQ. Abbe Todd who represented ServiceIQ at the Awards ceremony, congratulated all the finalists and winners, saying that, “Museums and galleries are the special places where our stories are told. They connect us, and our visitors, to all those wonderful stories and carry them into the future for generations to come. The winners of every category should be congratulated, and seen as an inspiring example of what can be achieved when dedication, education and entertainment combine.”