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Cairns, 19th March, 2021 – The Cairns Historical Society is seeking a forward thinking executive officer to guide the organisation’s strategic direction.

Clive Skarott, president of the Cairns Historical Society, said the time had come for the Society, which has continued to grow, to appoint a management professional at the helm. 

“This is a new position and a positive step for Cairns Historical Society, which was founded in 1958,” Mr Skarott said.

The not-for-profit organisation also operates the Cairns Museum, which has grown in popularity and use by both the local community and visitors.

“We have amazing staff and volunteers and they have proved their dedication and commitment to preserving and sharing the history of Cairns and the Far North region, especially with the difficulties presented by the Covid-19 restrictions.”

Mr Skarott said as well as implementing the organisation’s vision, mission and overall strategy, the executive officer would be hands on in guiding and evaluating the work of the society’s different departments and volunteer workforce.

“Another important part of the role will be engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in accordance with cultural protocols.

“A major initiative for Cairns Historical was the formation of an Indigenous Roadmap Committee with the aim of bringing stronger engagement with Indigenous people, “ he said. 

The organisation’s Archives and Research Centre database hold about 39,000 items, including maps, plans, posters, books, bulletins of Cairns, Eacham and Mulgrave shire historical societies, journals and periodicals, early Far North Queensland business ledgers, newspaper clippings and photographs. 

Around 19,000 have been digitised in whole or part and these can be viewed on screen. For further information, or a copy of the job description, please call Leslie on 0403 877 318. The position advertised on Seek will close on Sunday, March 21 at 5pm, however applications will be accepted until March 28, 5pm.





 Cairns Historical Society


The Organisation

The Cairns Historical Society (CHS) was founded in 1958. It also operates the iconic Cairns Museum



Reporting to the CHS Management Committee, the Executive Officer (EO) has overall responsibility for implementation and integration of the strategic direction of the organisation. This includes responsibility for all components and departments of the business.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Implement the organisation’s vision, mission, and overall strategy.
  • Reporting to, and soliciting advice and guidance from, the CHS Management Committee
  • Liaising with Cairns Regional Council for all business management issues
  • Engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in accordance with, and understanding of, cultural protocols.
  • Representing the organisation in a civic and professional capacity 
  • Participating in industry-related events 
  • Leading, guiding, directing, and evaluating the work of the CHS sections and volunteer workforce.
  • Ensuring a culture of respect underpins work practices.


Education, Experience

It is preferable that the EO is tertiary education and has a proven record of management experience. Experience in one or more of the following areas will be highly regarded:  HR, financial oversight, not-for-profit sector, cultural collections sector, digital literacy and volunteer management.


Skills & Competencies

Interpersonal, Analytical, Leadership, Management, Computer, HR and Marketing skills


To Apply 

Please click on the button below and attach your resume and cover letter. For further information, or a copy of the job description, please call Leslie on 0403 877 318.

Applications close on March 28, 5pm. 



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