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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 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.

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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.

Earth Sciences Collections Manager

We are seeking a Collections Manager in Earth Sciences. This is a full-time, exempt position, supported by endowment. The Collections Manager is responsible for the continued development of the geology and paleontology collections as well as promoting their study and appreciation through the Museum's nature education programs and exhibits. The Museum seeks an energetic candidate with broad interests in these disciplines and a passion for science outreach and education.

Minimum requirements for this position include a MS in geology or paleontology, or commensurate experience and expertise with museum collections and management techniques. Additionally, a record of collections-based research is desirable.

Candidates should be good communicators and enthusiastic interpreters of regional earth sciences to the public.

Please submit a cover letter, current CV with list of publications and up to three PDFs and names of three references. Please submit all materials via email to Human Resources.

Other questions should be directed to Dr. Henry W. Chaney at

Review of applications starts September 15, 2016 until filled.  

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Nature Collection Librarian (part-time)

We are seeking an individual to oversee the Education Department’s Nature Collection. The Nature Collection is an educational loan service that offers a wide array of resource materials for educators to use in their classrooms. Materials that are available for check out include: taxidermy mounts of mammals and birds, animal skeletons and bones, Chumash Indian artifact reproductions, bird nests and eggs, curriculum kits and books focusing on natural history.

The person in this position will be responsible for processing inventory, including checking items out and returning them to the collection. Other duties include: arranging for the upkeep of specimens, updating the database, processing memberships and serving as a resource for teachers when they visit the collection. The Nature Collection Librarian is also responsible for researching the curriculum and NGSS for Grades K-6 and creating new curriculum kits for check out.

The successful candidate will have a background or interest in science, excellent communication and organizational skills and be familiar with database programs.

This is a part-time position. Shifts are Tuesday & Thursday from 1:30PM - 5:30PM.

Please view the Job Description befor applying.

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Visitor Services Assistant (Sea Center)

Come join our team, have fun and make a difference! The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center (located on Stearns Wharf) is looking for a Visitor Services Assistant (part-time) who will be responsible for working at the Sea Center's retail store, admissions desk and various other visitor services posts. This person must conduct herself/himself in a professional, friendly and proactive manner.

The Visitor Services Assistant must present a consistently professional, friendly, and enthusiastic demeanor in all dealings with visitors, trustees, donors, and vendors, both on the phone and in person. This position is required to proactively interact with the general public, including greeting and welcoming visitors, answering questions, providing information about the Sea Center, its exhibits and programs and providing information about the Museum's Mission Canyon Campus as well as the wharf and Santa Barbara in general.

Candidates must possess exceptional customer service skills and have the ability to work effectively with the general public and with a diverse visitor population, including children. Candidates must be organized, friendly and punctual.

Please view the Job Description below before applying.

This is a regular, part-time position with hours that will vary, approximately 20 hours per week to start. Must have a flexible schedule.

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This page was last updated on August 25, 2016



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