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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.

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:   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 

Aquarist (Sea Center)

We are seeking an experienced Aquarist to join our team at the Sea Center on Stearn’s Wharf. This person will be responsible for the collection and husbandry of the animals incorporated in the Sea Center’s live tank exhibits and displays, including the interactive touch tank. 

Applicants should have prior experience in marine animal husbandry and marine aquarium maintenance, strong knowledge of local marine life (Santa Barbara Channel), excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills, be comfortable working and interacting with the public and have supervisory experience. Advanced Diving Certification or equivalent certification/experience preferred. Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Marine Science or equivalent experience required.

This is a benefited position averaging 30 hours per week. 

Please review the attached job description for a list of specific duties and requirements. To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and application form.  

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Please click here for Job Description


Teen Programs Manager

We are looking for a very special person to lead the Museum’s programs for teens. This person will develop, implement, evaluate and oversee the programs and act as the Museum’s teen representative in the community at large. The Teen Programs Manager will be working with the Director of Education & Exhibits to assess the strengths of the current teen program as well as to develop an expanded model to engage more local teens.

The manager works with the Museum’s education and scientific staff to ensure that the teen programs reinforce school science concepts and promote leadership, skills advancement, college preparation and career awareness.  This includes organizing formal and informal opportunities for teens to interface with staff and encourage new opportunities for learning, regularly communicating with teens and their parents, establishing collaborative relationships with other institutions and managing the teen programs budget.     

It is critical that candidates have experience working with youth ages 13 – 18, preferably in an informal education setting. Other essential requirements include experience in developing and maintaining an educationally based program, familiarity with middle and secondary school science curriculum, knowledge of a broad range of science topics, competency planning and leading remote field trips and experience with camping and hiking.

This is a full time, exempt position with benefits. 

Please submit your cover letter and resume with a completed application form. 

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Please click here for Job Description


Development Officer - Leadership Circle Program

This position supports the development efforts of the Board, the Development Committee and the Director of Development and is accountable for the successful organization and execution of the Museum's upper level membership campaign. 

The Development Officer is responsible for the management and continual improvement of the Leadership Circle membership program. Specific responsibilities include developing and implementing strategies to maximize annual contributed support, creating an annual plan and timetable for reaching goals, maintaining a portfolio of donors and prospects, conducting research and prospect analysis and establishing positive and long-term relationships with donors.

The successful candidate will have at least five years' experience in a fast-paced, deadline oriented development department, specific experience in planning and executing annual campaigns, proven success in writing solicitations, be experienced in and comfortable making face-to-face solicitations and have a degree in a related field. 

This is a full time, exempt position with benefits. 

Please submit your cover letter and resume with a completed application form. 


This page was last updated on July 21, 2014



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