Technical Assistant

About us

Canberra Potters is a member-based organisation and an ACT Government funded arts facility and Key Arts Organisation. Working from the Watson Arts Centre, we are an important focal point for ceramic arts practice in the region. We offer a full annual education program to adults and children. Our facility operates artist studios, kiln shed, gallery, shop and an internationally recognised Artist in Residence program.

The Position

The Technical Assistant is responsible for the smooth and safe operation of the facilities key infrastructure. Using your knowledge of pottery and experience of ceramic arts practice you will be expected to maintain kilns, wheels and associated technical equipment to ensure the timely delivery of technical services offered to our members, students and resident artists.

Position: Technical Assistant

Reports to: Director

Location: Watson, ACT

Appointment: Permanent Part-time position with a 3 month probation period. On-going employment is dependent on continuation of funding support from ACT Government.

Remuneration & Conditions: Hourly Rate $31.00 (plus super)

Hours of work: 8 hrs per week—with possibility to increase for the right applicant.

Duty Statement

Under the direction of the Director and to the extent of the hours:

  • Manage the week to week running of the kiln room and allied areas.
  • Manage private kiln hire schedule and oversee log records for invoicing purposes.
  • Monitor developments in kiln technologies and firing practices and advise as appropriate.
  • In liaison with Workshops Manager monitor stock including clay, prepared glazes, glaze ingredients, tools and other materials.
  • Purchase clay, prepared glazes, glaze ingredients, tools and other materials.
  • Maintain pottery wheels, kilns and other equipment, in consultation with the Director.
  • Undertake and/or co-ordinate the purchase, sale, maintenance and repair of such equipment.
  • Provide technical support to the artist-in-residence program.
  • Monitor the testing and tagging of all electrical equipment as appropriate and in accordance with relevant ACT legislation.
  • Undertake regular cleaning of kiln room and allied areas including floors and bench tops.
  • Report on facility operations to the Director.
  • Adhere to current occupational health and safety practices in the workplace and be aware of public liability issues.
  • Oversee and assist with kiln packing/unpacking as required.
  • Assist with the glazing of non-standard class work occasionally.
  • Other duties as appropriate.

Application Process

Applications to: director@canberrapotters.com.au Subject Field: TA Position

Interested applicants should send a current CV and a brief description of skills and abilities that will enable the applicant to fulfil the duty statement tasks.

Only successful applicants will be contacted for interview.

Canberra Potters are an equal opportunity employer.

Applications close: 13 June 2019


Teachers and Teacher’s Assistants

If you are interested in teacher or teaching assistant positions, please fill out the expression of interest form below. Canberra Potters will hold expressions of interest and may be in touch at a later date if work becomes available. All teaching positions are casual and classes only run if numbers are sufficient.

Working with Vulnerable People

Canberra Potters takes its responsibility to children and vulnerable people who participate in its activities (principally pottery classes) very seriously and has policies in place that apply to all staff, volunteers and contractors who undertake ‘vulnerable people-related’ work on its behalf. Any job offer or appointment may be subject to the applicant obtaining ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration if not already held.

Canberra Potters will refuse to engage an applicant in vulnerable person-related employment if the applicant cannot obtain ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration. Canberra Potters employees, volunteers and contractors undertaking vulnerable person-related work whose registration has lapsed will be suspended from that work until proof of renewed registration is provided.

First Aid Qualifications

Canberra Potters recommends that teachers obtain suitable first aid qualifications, and keep those qualifications current.


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