Employment Opportunities

Available Positions

We are striving to preserve this amazing place we call home through the work taking place in our building and out in the field. Whether you're brushing the dirt off your hands, sorting through collections, cracking your knuckles as you copy-edit, or making sure visitors are having a safe and wonderful experience, being a part of The Nat means being a voice for nature in our region.

That requires building an empowered team. We offer a variety of benefits and are actively working towards greater inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility, which you can read about in our current statement and action plan. The San Diego Natural History Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Full-Time Openings

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking a detail and customer-service oriented individual to coordinate program reservations and support the activities of the Museum’s Education and Engagement department. Reporting to the Senior Manager of Education, the position is responsible for school, camp and public group/program registrations; managing invoices, scholarships and departmental purchasing; and providing additional support for the overall department.

Reservations Coordinator (80%)
  • Process sales and reservations for school group visits (in-Museum and outreach), public group visits, and public programs (such as summer camp).
  • Track school and informal groups and complete all necessary reports.
  • Collaborate with volunteer groups to book tours, outreach and nature hikes.
  • Provide program descriptions, make recommendations and respond to all inquiries efficiently while ensuring that confirmation materials and visit details are accurate.
  • Update and manage school and group sales collateral materials.
  • Maintain group sales calendars and inform staff of visits that impact their department.
  • Send reports, program calendar and itineraries to ensure adequate staffing levels and timing for school group visits and programs.
  • Act as a liaison with volunteer groups (Canyoneers, Docents, NATuralists) with logistics as related to public programs.
  • Act as lead greeter with large school groups to welcome and provide Museum manners upon arrival.
  • Manage group sales invoices and reimbursements.
  • Send programmatic evaluations to program participants; compile and prepare summarized data for analysis.
  • Track and administer the Museum’s Access Fund for Title I schools and camp scholarships.
  • Process camp registration forms and assist with summer camp check-in; provide participant rosters to Education Department staff.
  • Provide staff break coverage and handle camper inquiries  .
  • Coordinate lunches for camp scholarship recipients.
Education Department Support (20%)
  • Coordinate use of meeting spaces and classrooms for programmatic use.
  • Coordinate all purchasing for the Department.
  • Provide consistent and excellent customer service to guests, members, staff, and all other constituents by answering the Museum’s Customer Service phone line and email.
  • Understand the operations of the Nature to You lending library, acting as a substitute as needed.
  • Assist with coordinating departmental events, including the annual educator appreciation night.
  • Assist with classroom and supply set-up as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 2+ years of customer service experience
  • College degree or 2+ years of related experience
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience with a database-driven CRM and POS, Altru experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong math aptitude
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Professional demeanor, reliable, and hardworking
  • Ability to learn processes, procedures, and information quickly
  • Comfortable with public speaking and leading small groups
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to a diversity of stakeholders
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus
  • Must pass background check and Live Scan screening
In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered. 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required. 

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Learn more about the Museum’s benefits here. 

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter that highlights your relevant experience to Human Resources (hr@sdnhm.org). Review of resumes will begin on April 29, 2024 . No phone calls or drop–ins, please.

Pay: $22.50 per hour (non-exempt)

Position Summary:

The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is seeking a Report Writer to join the Department of PaleoServices. The Department of PaleoServices specializes in paleontological resource management, with a particular emphasis on mitigation paleontology. Our focus is on the recognition, recovery, and preservation of the significant and unique paleontological resources that occur in the greater southern California region. The activities of the Department of PaleoServices are helping to preserve significant fossil assemblages and are directly contributing to the growth of the important paleontological research collections at the Museum.

The Report Writer will produce a variety of technical reports (e.g., paleontological resource assessment technical reports, paleontological resource mitigation and treatment plans, and final paleontological mitigation reports) primarily associated with contracted paleontological mitigation work (e.g., mitigation of anticipated construction-related impacts resulting from residential and commercial development projects, public and private infrastructure projects, and energy generation and transmission projects). The various reports must be clearly and informatively written to convey the background, existing conditions, and findings of the paleontological assessment and/or mitigation work. Opportunities include paleontological field work in southern California and working with the extensive paleontological research collections of the San Diego Natural History Museum.

The Report Writer will collaborate closely with staff members of the Department of PaleoServices and our clients.

Location:

The Report Writer will be based at The Nat in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park and work under the supervision of the PaleoServices Senior Report Writer. There is some flexibility for remote work. The position may involve some travel within the greater southern California region.

Responsibilities:
  • Prepare paleontological resource assessment technical reports, paleontological resource mitigation and treatment plans, and final paleontological mitigation reports in line with agency requirements and industry professional standards.
  • Produce associated map figures and other report graphics.
  • Complete field surveys and gather relevant field data (waypoints with fillable data fields/forms and photo attachments) for inclusion in paleontological resource assessment technical reports.
  • Compile and review field data (field notes and photographs, geospatial data, annotated grading/shoring plans, and measured stratigraphic sections) to prepare fossil locality reports and locality data for entry into the SDNHM fossil collections database.
  • Photograph fossil specimens and produce photo figures for inclusion in reports.
  • Compile GIS data, which may include geologic mapping, paleontological sensitivity mapping, fossil localities, and survey waypoints.
  • Communicate with clients to obtain project documents and provide status updates.
  • Assist with preparation of proposal documents, as requested.
  • Perform other functions for the museum, as appropriate.
 Qualifications:
  • M.S. degree in Geology or Paleobiology or a closely related field, with relevant experience and coursework in sedimentary geology and/or paleontology, ideally focused on California and/or the southwestern United States. Past experience with paleontological/geological field work and/or paleontological mitigation is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Word and Excel) and Adobe Creative Cloud (Acrobat, Photoshop, and Illustrator).
  • Experience with ArcGIS applications (ArcGIS Pro, Field Maps, and ArcGIS Online) is preferred.
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, with experience collaborating in a team environment and interfacing with clients.
  • Ability to adhere to schedules, meet deadlines, and work within an allotted budget.

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

Compensation and Benefits:

Annual compensation is $66,560.

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, reciprocal free admission to all of Balboa Park’s museums, as well as to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

To apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter (1-2 pages), curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Please submit materials to hr@sdnhm.org. Review of applications will begin on May 9th, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is June/July 2024.

Part-Time Openings

Prepare drink orders for guests according to specified recipes using measuring systems. Issue, open, and serve wine/champagne bottles. Set up and maintain cleanliness and condition of bar, bar unit, tables, and other tools. Prepare fresh garnishes for drinks. Stock ice, glassware, and paper supplies. Transport supplies to bar set-up area. Wash soiled glassware. Remove soiled wares from bar top and tables and place in designated area. Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs. Process all payment methods. Secure liquors, beers, wines, coolers, cabinets, and storage areas. Complete closing duties. 

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Roles and responsibilities:
Major Responsibilities:
  • Follow company and department safety and security policies and procedures to ensure a clean, safe, and secure environment.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with other employees and departments.
  • Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.
  • Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.
  • Follow appropriate procedures for serving alcohol. (T.I.P.S., L.E.A.D., ServSafe)
  • Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs promptly, ensuring no shortages throughout scheduled function time, and ensuring proper authorization for additional payments as required prior to replenishing.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 2+ years of restaurant bartending experience and/or banquet bartending experience preferred.
  • Must possess valid food handler card or willing to get in first (30) days of employment.
  • Strong math aptitude.
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests and customer service situations.
  • Must be T.I.P.S, L.E.A.D., ServSafe certified or willing to get in first (30) days of employment.
  • If hired a (Live Scan) background check will be required.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing up to 50 lbs. without assistance

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered. 

Pay: $18/hr

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Learn more about the Museum’s benefits here

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking intuitive, reliable, attentive, detail-oriented individuals with strong communication and customer service skills as part-time/as-needed Security Officers. Security Officers are expected to uphold Museum rules and regulations by patrolling, observing, and reporting to the Facilities Manager and Facilities Director. Security Officers are also expected to set the example for Museum safety and stellar customer service, and assist Museum guests, employees, and vendors during emergency situations. 

Areas of responsibilities include: 
  • Patrol, observe, and report to Facilities Manager and Facilities Director. 
  • Provide a high level of customer service and assistance to all Museum guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors. 
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of Museum policies and procedures, enforcing them with guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors as needed. 
  • Document daily actions and situations in a Daily Log. 
  • Respond to complaints and/or requests for assistance and evaluate appropriate course of action. 
  • Respond to emergency situations within and directly outside Museum (i.e. natural disasters, medical emergencies, etc.) 
  • Assist with building access and receiving/deliveries. 
  • Perform other duties assigned by Facilities Manager and Facilities Director. 
Qualifications: 
  • Previous security experience at a cultural institution is preferred 
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to maintain a professional and calm demeanor in a challenging, dynamic environment with all types of guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors. 
  • Strong communication skills with attention to detail. 
  • Must be able stand for long periods of time, respond quickly and communicate verbally for the majority of each shift. 
  • Ability to perform crowd control by providing clear guidance and direction 
  • Current Guard Card certification through BSIS 
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams. 
  • Bilingual preferred 

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered. 

This is a part-time/as-needed position. Afternoon, evening and weekend availability are currently highly desired. 

Position pays $18/hour

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Learn more about the Museum’s benefits here

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@sdnhm.org.  No phone calls or drop-ins please. 

 

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our team as Special Events Staff! You will: assist with the check-in and check-out of vendors, ensuring smooth operations from start to finish; set up and break down Museum equipment to create unforgettable event experiences; provide a welcoming environment for all; and be a positive presence in the Museum, spreading enthusiasm to all our guests. This role requires the ability to coordinate on-site event activities, working seamlessly with vendors, clients, and guests. We are looking for a can-do attitude and a genuine passion for our mission. Hours are determined on as-needed basis.

Join a supportive team dedicated to creating unforgettable experiences.

Roles and responsibilities:
Event Presence
  • Review work orders to understand the purpose, timeline, and layout of each event.
  • Collaborate with on-site Special Event Leads, Managers, or Director.
  • Assist with setup and teardown of events, following instructions from Special Event Leads or Managers.
  • Maintain a welcoming museum presence during guest and vendor visits.
  • Provide valuable and constructive post-event feedback
  • Coordinate with Food and Beverage staff to ensure timely setup of contracted services.
Museum Safety and Cleanliness
  • Ensure Museum compliance with Fire, City, Police, Park, Facility, and Alcohol regulations within California law.
  • Be prepared to execute evacuation procedures if necessary.
  • Work with Facility and porter staff to restore exhibit areas to their original condition after events.
  • Collaborate with Food and Beverage staff to return items to their designated storage areas.
Vendor Load-in and Load-out
  • Control access to loading areas and operate Facility elevators/ lifts as needed.
  • Enforce wristband/ sticker procedures for vendors during load-in and load-out.
  • Prevent unauthorized access to Facility during vendor load-in and load-out
  • Ensures vendor compliance with facility guidelines.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Ability to handle diverse guests, vendors, and customer service scenarios with ease.
  • Must have a reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Experience thriving in fast-paced, high-stress environments.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects weighing up to 50 lbs. without assistance.
  • Ability to climb stairs, stand, sit, or walk for several hours at a time or an entire work shift
  • If hired a background check will be required.
  • Availability for flexible scheduling, including nights, weekends, and holidays. 

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

Pay: $18/hr

This is a part-time/as-needed position. 

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Learn more about the Museum’s benefits here

Qualified applicants, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@sdnhm.org

No phone calls or drop in visits.