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Following is a list of current career opportunities at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Applications must be submitted along with resume and cover letter when applying for an open position. Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Please click here for Application Form

To apply for a listed position, send your resume and application with a cover letter (indicating position of interest) to:

It is highly preferable that you submit all required documents via email in PDF; alternatively you may:

Fax to: 805-569-0937 Attn: HR (unless position indicates email transmission only)

Please do not submit hard copy (paper) documents.

Astronomy Programs Presenter

Position Summary:  The Astronomy Programs Presenter is responsible for leading public Planetarium and Observatory presentations on (a) select weekend day(s) and on other assigned substitution days. The role may also assist the Astronomy Programs Manager with school planetarium presentations and overall department logistics as needed.

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Gives public planetarium presentations at specific times on weekends (10:00AM-4:00PM every Saturday or Sunday; to be determined).
  • Give public observatory presentations at specific times on weekends (Saturdays). (10:00AM-4:00PM every Saturday or Sunday; to be determined).
  • Learn and co-facilitate astronomy based school programs (select weekdays as needed).
  • Performs maintenance on Planetarium equipment (as assigned) and physical environment.
  • Performs maintenance on Observatory (as assigned).
  • Supervises Planetarium volunteers when needed.Substitutes for Planetarium volunteers or other staff. Assists with Astronomy Department special events.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of astronomy.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Ability to interact with the general public and different age groups.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing curriculum and teaching astronomy to a variety of age groups.
  • Experience operating a Planetarium and/software programming.
  • Fluent in Spanish.

Work Environment:

  • Frequent work in Museum’s Gladwin Planetarium and Palmer Observatory.
  • Weekend work (Saturdays)
  • Significant sitting, standing, walking
  • Occasional lifting of moderate loads (25 lbs.)
  • 20/20 corrected eyesight
  • Significant computer work

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application


Teen Programs Hearst Intern

We have an opportunity for a local college undergraduate student to develop and teach science based curriculum for high school students participating in a three-year museum program called Quasars to Sea Stars.

Schedule:  Intern and Teen Programs Manager (TPM) can determine schedule based on intern’s personal schedule and within the parameters listed below:

January 29–May 25: 5 hours / week (M-F)

June 18–August 10: 10 hours / week (M-F)

Summer trip: Dates to be determined (July 15–20 or July 22–27) 6 days

MUST be available on the following dates

  • August 8
  • August 11
  • One day during the following week


Ideal candidate will have strong knowledge or background in sciences (zoology or wildlife biology preferred) with experience in collaborating with others to develop programs, research topics, plan/schedule/deliver programs; good communication skills, self-motivated, dependable and energetic.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application



We are seeking a Marketing Associate to be part of the SBMNH Marketing team.

Position Summary:  Responsible for the successful implementation and maintenance of the marketing communications program and the maintenance of the organization’s image and voice.  Coordinate the internal and external communications and promotions including but not limited to: collateral development, e-marketing, public and media relations, social networking, and market research.


  • Implementation of marketing campaigns, Develop and maintain a PR Plan in conjunction with Marketing Communications Plan, write and timely distribute all press materials and serve as media liaison to ensure the Museum’s interface with the media is professional, credible and consistent
  • Track daily media coverage:  manage the publishing of programs, exhibits, and events on the Museum's online calendar and key community calendars
  • Work with Sr. Designer to produce and distribute all promotional collateral, signage, and digital marketing initiatives
  • Join the Marketing Team as the Social Media Lead, an authorized website publisher, and photographer
  • Stay abreast of local community events and promotions (i.e. exhibitions, educational science programs, food & wine festivals, art shows, shopping experiences, non-profit galas, etc.); Coordinate with fellow local cultural attractions to avoid scheduling competing events on the same day/weekend.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Requirements:

  • College degree or equivalent working experience. 
  • Experience in graphic design, web content management, e-marketing, Adobe Creative Suite and basic HTML, with above-average knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign and Illustrator is a plus.  Advanced user of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); A working knowledge of advertising, marketing, public relations, and social networking. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an understanding of customer service. Excellent attention to detail. Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines.  Team player.
  • Must be able to work independently and with a team, and communicate with multiple departments, trustees, volunteers, and vendors. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application


Sea Center Interpreter - Part-time

Position Summary:  Oversees day to day operations of exhibit areas at the Sea Center, including ensuring adequate exhibit staffing, monitoring exhibits, assisting with volunteer supervision and training, ensuring quality customer service, ensuring cleanliness standards, and monitoring safety issues. Serves as interpreter at exhibits and interacts with visitors. Assists with developing and running programs and works collaboratively with all Sea Center staff to achieve overall Sea Center objectives.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Delivers outstanding dynamic educational experiences, exhibit interpretation, and programs for general visitors and specific audiences.
  • Provides top-notch customer service in all contact with external and internal patrons.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive knowledge of marine science content and the best practices of science education teaching in the formal and informal education fields.
  • Works in conjunction with the Volunteer & Interpretation Manager to ensure adequate volunteer staffing of the Sea Center.
  • Communicates policies, procedures, standards of service and general information to all volunteers, including orienting new volunteers to these policies.
  • Creates training materials and trains volunteers during shifts and in evening hours.
  • Helps staff Sea Center booths at career and volunteer fairs.
  • Works with the Program Coordinator to implement, evaluate, and refine programs.
  • Works with the Education Coordinator to ensure all formal school groups are provided an excellent experience.
  • Works with the Aquarist to assist with Aquarist duties.
  • Participates as an effective, responsible, and energetic team member.
  • Maintains safe and clean exhibits, programs, and work space.
  • Assists with other Sea Center needs and duties, as assigned.

Essential Requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with varied individuals and groups; Ability to speak in public and organize presentations; Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills, with proven track record as an effective team member
  • Available to work weekends, evenings, and occasional holidays
  • Background in marine science; MS Office skills;
  • Bilingual fluency a plus
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending and climbing stairs with occasional lifting of light loads (10 lbs)

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application

This page was last updated on 01/03/2017

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 



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