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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 




Director of Exhibits

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History seeks a Director of Exhibits to oversee all exhibition planning and implementation at both the Mission Canyon campus and the Sea Center located on Stearns Wharf.  The Director will be responsible for managing the overall scheduling, budget, exhibition development processes and staff of the Department; overseeing the design, installation/de-installation and maintenance of both changing exhibits and permanent galleries upgrades as needed; and will be charged with the implementation of the Museum’s master plan for exhibits which envisions comprehensive gallery change outs in some spaces, revitalization of core permanent galleries and integration of the gallery and out of door experiences at both campuses. 

The Director will work with staff from all areas of the Museum and will often lead interdisciplinary teams comprised of staff and external advisers and consultants.  The Director will also be a member of the Museum’s management team which works with the President/CEO to set and implement long and short range goals for the Museum.

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker who is comfortable being hands on in the day to day activities of the exhibits shop and in the galleries. He or she will be experienced in overall exhibition project management, budgeting, negotiating contracts with outside design and fabrication trades, and facilitating the work of content specialists. 

The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years managing complex exhibit projects and they will have successful supervisory experience; they will have a good strategic sense; know how to work with a team to develop consensus on the Museum’s desired look and feel; and they will have the expertise to implement that vision at a tactical and practical level.

The Director of Exhibits will be a full time exempt employee and will report to the Chief Operating Officer. 

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Information Systems Technician

We are looking for a person to support and maintain desktops, peripherals and audio-visual systems at multiple sites.

Specific duties include:

Install, upgrade and troubleshoot desktop operating systems (Windows 7)
Install and troubleshoot printers (both network and locally attached)
Provide support for POS devices (receipt printers, bar code printers, bar code scanners, mag readers)
Communicate support issues, programs and status to users as needed
Provide help desk service for employee computer problems
Train employees on computer hardware and software

Qualification Requirements:

Experience with Windows 7 operating systems
Proficient with HP Jet Direct and creating networking ports to printers
Proficient with Microsoft Office, Outlook, Adobe Suite
Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to move computers and other hardware
Good eyesight (acuity, depth perception, color vision)
Good dexterity with an ability to use general hand tools
Ability to work at a computer for long periods of time
Reliable transportation and willingness to travel between local geographic sites

This is a part time position, up to 15 hours a week.

Please submit your cover letter, resume and application form.

Click here for application form.

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Holiday Sales Help

We are seeking an enthusiastic sales associate to work in our Museum store during the holiday season. Applicants must be responsible, personable, self-motivated, and customer service oriented. The ideal candidate will have prior retail experience and have an interest in the natural world. Specific responsibilities include interacting with customers, assisting with purchases and cashiering. It will also be your responsibility to ensure the store displays are maintained by cleaning and straightening them daily as well as pricing and stocking new merchandise.

This position begins November 24 and runs through December 14 with the possibility of more hours through the end of December. Approximately 35 hour per week including weekends.

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

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Winter Camp Instructors

We are 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 are Dec 22, 23, 26, 29 - 31 and Jan 2.

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, assistant instructors, and extended day instructors are available at the Mission Canyon campus of the Museum 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. 

Click here for application form. 

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This page was last updated on October 28, 2014



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