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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Career Opportunities

Following is a list of current career opportunities at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Applications are available online or may be picked up in the Museum admissions office from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You may also leave your completed application with a representative at the entrance. Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

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To apply for a listed position, send your resume and application with a cover letter (indicating position of interest) to:   Electronic transmission is preferred; alternatively you may:

Fax to: 805-569-0937 Attn: HR

Or Mail to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Human Resources Department
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105


Backyard Naturalist

The Backyard Naturalist will work, as part of our Education Department, to deliver successful nature education. Primarily, s/he will engage school groups (K-6th grade) and visitors in Outdoor Nature Exploration (ONE) programming and in the Museum’s Club House and Backyard. S/he is also responsible for helping maintain the Backyard and Club House learning spaces. The Backyard Naturalist reports directly to the Director of Education.

Responsibilities include: Working with School & Teacher Services to facilitate, evaluate and refine Outdoor Nature Exploration school programs (for grades K-6) and working with Nature Education Volunteers and/or Docents to implement the programs. Works with Nature Education to develop, facilitate, evaluate and refine exploration & inquiry based Outdoor Nature Exploration and/or Citizen Science public programs for visitors in the Backyard, Mission Creek and Museum campus. Handles live animals and utilizes them to engage guests in the Club House; assists Animal Caretaker. Responsible for the set-up, breakdown and housekeeping of all Nature Education based school & public programming; assists in the maintenance of the Backyard and Club House. Promotes the Museum’s Curiosity Lab, encouraging cross-programmatic engagements for visitors. Ability to work in the Museum’s Curiosity Lab on an as-needed basis.

Requirements for this position: Passion for the natural world and a desire to work with children and young families as well as adults in engaging them in the wonders of the natural world. Experience teaching and facilitating formal and informal education programs. Knowledge of biological sciences, local natural history or related fields. Experience working with the public, including children. Comfortable using a Mac, PC, internet, computer equipment such as a projector. Ability to work flexible hours, weekends, weekdays, and holidays. Both Saturday & Sunday work required.

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Accounting Manager

Make a difference! Join the 100 year old Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and oversee all of the accounting for this $5M multi-location, multi-faceted organization. Detail oriented, lifelong learner with a passion for the natural world and experience with all aspects of nonprofit accounting wanted.    

The Accounting Manager is responsible for all aspects of the accounting process including compiling, analyzing and reporting financial data for management reports and decision-making purposes. This person is the primary liaison with outside auditors; manages monthly closings. Manages and performs various accounting activities including developing, implementing and maintaining the accounting system, policies and procedures.  
Responsibilities include: Oversee part-time accounting clerk. Perform monthly close and prepare monthly and annual financial reports. Prepares sales tax and other compliance reports. Prepares periodic grant reports. Primary liaison with outside auditors. Training for non-accounting staff on the Museum’s accounting system. Reconciles balance sheet accounts. Monitors and reconciles investment activity. Prepares monthly journal entries. Prepares indirect cost proposal. Oversees accounts payable and accounts receivable processing. Provides additional accounting related support to other departments as needed. Performs additional bookkeeping related duties as assigned. 

Requirements for this position: Experience as a full charge bookkeeper. Working knowledge of computerized accounting programs; knowledge of nonprofit GAAP; strong excel skills. Excellent attention to detail and good communication skills (verbal & written).

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Evening Custodian

The Evening Custodian is responsible for performing essential custodial functions to prepare the Museum for visitation the following day. This position interfaces with staff and groups utilizing Museum facilities after hours. Secures Museum galleries and offices, performs regular review of public areas and parking lots; conducts final securing of doors and setting of alarm system. The Evening Custodian must be prompt and comfortable working around the general public.

This is a part-time, nonexempt position. The shift is 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm. The shifts per week vary, with alternating three shifts and four shifts per week. Range of hours is 19.5 – 26 per week. A competitive hourly rate is offered for this position.

Responsibilities include: Reporting promptly for each shift at 4:30 pm for a supervisor check-in, debrief, and to close and secure exhibit galleries and office areas at 5 pm. Assumes custodial duties of cleaning public restrooms (toilets, urinals, sinks etc.), all exhibit halls, administration, and other areas as needed to insure the museum is ready to receive visitors and guests on the following morning. This includes, but is not limited to, removal of trash, dusting, mopping, vacuuming and cleaning various surfaces with cleaning solution. Surveys grounds (including parking lot) at least one time per shift and makes observations related to lighting and safety issues, noting these in DAR (Daily Activity Report). Keeps a DAR either handwritten or on computer at a station provided by the museum and submits to supervisor. Notifies authorities of any unusual, potential criminal activity on or near museum grounds. Provides assistance to individuals and groups at museum events and meetings. Secures the parking lot at the end of the working shift and calls alarm monitoring company to verify that all alarms have been properly set.

Requirements for this position: Frequent standing, walking, bending, sitting, climbing (stairs), and lifting of moderate to heavy loads (60 lbs.). Good auditory skills with a full range of hearing. Good vision including acuity and depth perception. Comfortable while working around the general public. Able to respond to emergency situations and interface with emergency responders and museum management personnel. Able to safely operate electric utility vehicle. Must present a professional demeanor in dress and interactions with public and authorities. Partial uniforms will be supplied (shirts). Basic computer skills to record security logs and communicate with supervisor.

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Exhibits Manager

The Exhibits Manager supports the Director of Exhibits in overseeing all aspects of exhibit design and creation.  This position works with the Director of Exhibits to conceive exhibit ideas, manage exhibit planning, construction and maintenance, and coordinate the exhibits process.

Responsibilities include:  Researching and developing concepts for exhibits; coordinating with Education division to ensure congruence with programming and the organization’s mission; supervising and coordinating design, fabrication and installation of exhibits; managing budgets for specific projects and assisting with Exhibits Division budget;  assisting with contracts management; managing the maintenance and repair of existing exhibits; coordinating with Marketing Department on the promotion and marketing of exhibits.

Requirements for this position:  Demonstrated experience in development, design, fabrication, and installation of exhibits; experience in maintaining and updating exhibits in a museum or related field; experience in supervising employees as well as working in team environment; passion for interpreting nature to the public and a sensitivity to and respect for works of art, cultural artifacts and natural history specimens; comfortable working around the general public; artistic and creative skills are a plus.

This is a full time benefited position reporting to the Director of Exhibits.

Please submit cover letter, resume and application form.

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This page was last updated on August 26, 2015



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