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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


Winter Camp Counselors

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is seeking experienced individuals to instruct children's educational science and nature programs during winter break. Instructors work as part of an education team to successfully support children in an exciting learning environment of natural history camps. Winter camp dates (working days) are: Dec 18th, Dec 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st.

Qualified candidates will have experience in leading, teaching and assisting informal educational programs. They will also have excellent communication skills, be self-motivated, dependable and energetic. Must have the ability to work unsupervised and enjoy interacting with children. Positions for Lead Instructors (temporary full-time), Assistant Instructors (temporary full-time), and Extended Day Attendants (temporary part-time) are available at the Mission Canyon campus and the Sea Center. 

We also have occasional need for substitute instructors for camps as well as for after school programs during the school year.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and completed application form. 

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Hearst Intern

The museum is seeking an undergraduate college student for our paid internship, Hearst Intern, to work with our Teen Programs Manager. The Teen Programs Internship is an opportunity for a local college student to develop and teach science based curriculum to 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 18–May 27:
5 hours / week (M-F)

June 20 – August 13:
10 hours / week (M-F)

Summer trip: Dates to be determined (July 18–22 or July 25–29)
5 days

MUST be available on the following dates:

August 10 – dress rehearsal for Final Presentations
August 13 – Final Presentations (Saturday)

Responsibilities include: With support and supervision from TPM, January - May at 5 hours per week - spend time getting acquainted with Museum staff, programming, and facilities. Collaborate with TPM and museum staff to develop science/ natural history based topic(s) to be taught during summer program. Focus on researching topic/s to be taught, building curriculum, obtaining supplies, and planning summer schedule.

June – August at 10 hours per week- Teach summer class: 1 - 2 classes per week, 3 hours per class, 5 – 15 students. Be available to plan and prepare for class each week. Oversee students as they develop final projects reflecting their learning during the summer. Other duties as needed by Teen Programs. Attend Final Presentations and dress rehearsal

Summer Trip: Attend 5-day summer outdoor education trip with Quasars to Sea Stars.
Optional: facilitate learning experiences or discussion topics relevant to the trip location, as approved by TPM
Trip dates are to be determined: will take place during the week of July 18 – 22 or July 25 – 29
This is a camping trip, so intern must be willing and able to sleep outdoors in a tent.

Requirements for this position: Applicant must be currently enrolled in college; have an interest in high school educational programming; have experience with Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, and internet research; be available from mid-January through mid-August (with some accommodation for school breaks and finals);
go through the Museum’s fingerprinting requirements.

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Custodian/Maintenance Technician (FT)

The Custodian/Maintenance Tech is a full-time position that provides custodial and maintenance services for the museum's buildings. This person also provides services in moving equipment, exhibit displays and furniture, receiving shipments and storing supplies. Additionally, this position provides services ensuring the secure and safe environment for our visitors and staff. Must be a team player and able to interface with visitors and staff around the museum.

Responsibilities include: Provide housekeeping and general janitorial maintenance of all museum buildings.
Assist with maintenance of facilities. Provide support to museum events and facilities as directed.
Maintain clean and safe areas for visitors and staff. Work with the Senior Custodian to implement the museum's housekeeping schedule. Advise supervisor of supplies needed and order supplies as directed.
Help move and deliver supplies. Other duties as assigned.

Requirements for this position: Frequent standing, walking, bending, sitting, climbing (stairs & ladders), crawling and lifting of moderate to heavy loads (50 lbs). Occasional work in elevated places. Able to operate and use a hand truck for moving supplies. Able to use ladders. Able to regularly work one weekend day.
Good auditory skills with a full range of hearing. Good vision including acuity, depth perception, color vision.
Comfortable working around the general public. Able to respond to emergency situations including but not limited to chemical spills, fires, and evacuations. Able to safely operate electric transport cart.
Current Drivers License.

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This page was last updated on October 12, 2015



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