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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.

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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.

Sea Center Interpreter
Part-time, nonexempt, $12/hour

The SBMNH Sea Center (located on Stearn's Wharf) is looking for candidates who are passionate about marine science education to fill an open position as Exhibits Interpreter. The Interpreter greets visitors and engages them in interactive exhibits. We are looking for someone with knowledge of marine science and the ability to deliver dynamic and educational experiences, programs and exhibit interpretation to the general public. This position provides hands on ocean science based education so you also must be comfortable handling small aquatic animals.

The Interpreter is responsible for overseeing the day to day operation of the exhibit areas. This includes ensuring adequate exhibit staffing, monitoring exhibits, ensuring quality customer service and assisting the Volunteer Manager with volunteer supervision and training.

Our ideal candidate will love working with the public and providing top-notch customer service. Excellent interpersonal skills are required and the ability to speak in public and organize presentations is essential. Bilingual fluency is a plus.

The Sea Center is open seven days a week so candidates must have weekend flexibility. This position is part-time, approximately 16-24 hours per week.

In order to apply for this position, you must submit your resume, cover letter and a completed Museum application. Please review the Job Description before applying.

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Bookkeeper & HR Generalist
Full-time, nonexempt, $18-$21/hour DOE

Please note, applicants for this position must submit all materails electronically, no fax submissions accepted.

We are seeking a Bookkeeper & Human Resources Generalist to join our administrative team.  This is a joint accounting and human resources administrative position and is responsible for processing accounts payable, daily cash and associated and varied bookkeeping duties. This position is also responsible for payroll and some administrative functions of Human Resources.  This position will primarily report to the Accounting Manager and secondarily to the Human Resources Manager.

We are looking for a candidate who is a team player with a positive attitude! Candidates must be able to work with competing priorities and meet due dates from two different managers. Additionally, candidates should possess excellent verbal, written, analytical, problem solving and organizational skills.  Candidates should also have strong interpersonal skills and be willing to interact with staff and able to comfortably and effectively communicate within all levels of the organization.

Some Bookkeeping Responsibilities:

Open mail and distribute invoices to departments
Process Accounts Payable including inputting invoices, generating and mailing checks
Assure vendor documentation is received prior to processing vendor invoices
Review expense coding for accuracy
Assure that proper approvals are on invoices, reimbursement requests, etc.
Responsible for processing certain recurring payments such as medical reimbursements, City office rent, SC sales % to City
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Some Human Resources Responsibilities:

Prepare semi-monthly payroll for all employees, manual checks, the related and keep regular communication with payroll service’s Account Manager
Maintain all payroll records and produce management reports as necessary
Oversee and create employee, volunteer and docent name badges
Investigate discrepancies related to payroll, benefits, 403b plan etc. as assigned by HR or Accounting Manager.
Coordinate  chair massage schedule
ACA tracking – adhere to vendor due dates and complete tracking, notifying HR Manager of changes
Administer Workers Compensation, including filing and managing claims, advising supervisors on their role with injured employees, maintaining records
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Candidates must possess a minimum of three years’ experience with accounting responsibilities and two years’ experience working in Human Resources as an HR Assistant or related HR position.  Candidates will have strong math skills, commitment to accuracy and attention to detail. Payroll experience, including knowledge and understanding CA wage and hour laws, is also required.

This is a non-exempt, full-time position eligible for retirement, medical and ancillary benefits and paid holidays, sick and vacation time.

In order to apply for this position, you must submit your resume, cover letter and a completed Museum application. Please review the Job Description before applying.

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Summer Camp Instructors
Temporary part-time & temporary full-time
$13.25-$14.85/hour DOE

We are seeking experienced individuals to instruct children's educational science and nature programs during summer. Instructors work as part of an education team to successfully support children in an exciting learning environment of natural history camps. 

Summer camp dates (working days) are: 

Training 6/7-6/9      9am-4pm
Camps  6/12-8/18   8:15AM-5:15PM weekdays

Currently we are looking for candidates who: can complete the entire training, 6/7-6/9, work the full first week of 6/12-6/16 and may be eligible to substitute for shifts throughout the rest of summer camp.

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 are available at the Mission Canyon campus and the Sea Center. 

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

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Curatorial Assistant - Invertebrate Zoology
Temporary, part-time position, 20 hours per week
$11-$14/hour DOE

The Curatorial Assistant assists in the curation of the invertebrate zoology collection and reports to the Curator of Malacology.

This position: assists with the identification of specimens, locality determination, computer cataloging, and specimen organization; assists in the care of the invertebrate zoology collections including: preparing and maintaining specimens, collection records, databases, and literature; sorts bulk specimen lots and identification to species; catalogues specimens in collection database, labels specimens and files specimens in collection; ensures that specimens are properly prepared, preserved, handled and stored.

Additionally, this position is responsible for maintaining a clean and orderly work area, and is responsible for the completion of specific projects.

Applicants must: be dependable and responsible; have good interpersonal skills; possess excellent computer and keyboarding skills, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail with a commitment to quality of work. Candidates must also have extreme care and respect for museum specimens a a general knowledge of invertebrates.

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This page was last updated on May 17, 2017



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