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Meet John Campbell


Museum Educator.

Job description: 

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Teaching School groups who visit the museum to maximise their learning at the museum and help excite them to continue with their studies at home and at school.

Work background: 

I have worked in a number of teaching roles particularly High School Science, Biology and Outdoor Education. Outside of my teacher roles I have worked as a Biologist mainly in Alpine Grassland and Wetland Ecology.

Favourite part of job: 

Working with Primary and High School classes who visit, and learning new things with each new exhibition that comes to the Museum. 

I am continually amazed by how much children know about a wide range of subjects. For example, the 8 year old who said that our life sized model of a Haast’s Eagle must have been a juvenile as it’s wing span wasn’t large enough to be an adult.

Least favourite part of job: 

Administration (paperwork).

What I am working on now: 

Preparing teaching resources for our two new exhibitions, 'Buller’s Birds' and 'World Wildlife Photography' which have come to us from the Natural History Museum in London.


Batchelor of Science - Honours (Botany) and a Diploma of Teaching.

Interests outside work: 

Tramping, Mountain Biking, Gardening and Music (mainly Folk Guitar).

John Campbell is the Museum Educator at Nelson Provincial Museum. Image: Supplied.