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

San Diego Natural History Museum seeks a full-time professional for the position of Collections Manager for the Department of Herpetology. The collection contains over 76,000 catalogued specimens dating back to 1891 including the largest rattlesnake collection in the world. Our holdings mostly come from southern California and Baja California, but also contain specimens that span the globe.

Candidates should have a strong background in herpetology, taxonomy, museum studies, geography, and data management. While traditional collection management experience is necessary, the position also expects candidates to be involved in applied sciences, such as field biology, conservation, collection digitization, diversity analysis using morphological and/or genomic data, or distribution modeling and mapping. Department activities include the Amphibian and Reptile Atlas of Peninsular California, the conservation of the California Red-legged Frog, expeditions and rapid assessment surveys, consulting services, and No Specimen Left Behind.

Areas of responsibilities include:
  • Maintenance, improvement, and use of the amphibian and reptile collection.
  • Specimen preparation: whole-body and tissue preservation.
  • Computer entry, editing, and maintenance of department databases.
  • Supervision of science volunteers and apprentices.
  • Applied science activities to include one or more of the department’s roles in field biology, conservation, collection digitization, diversity analysis, and distribution modeling. 
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of collections care and amphibian and reptile taxonomy.
  • Skills in project management with an attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Demonstrated experience in herpetology.
  • Proficiency in relevant computer programs (e.g, Specify 6 or 7, ArcGIS 10) or demonstrated ability to learn applications based on proficiency in similar programs.
  • Professional demeanor, reliable, punctual, and hardworking.
  • Ability to learn processes, procedures, and information quickly.
  • A minimum degree of M.A/M.S. in the life sciences or museum studies.

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.

Weekend and some evening availability is sometimes required. While the majority of work falls within regular business hours, field projects often extend through weekend and evening hours.

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

Salary for this position is $29.17/hour ($60,673.60 annually).

Please email a cover letter and curriculum vitae to bhollingsworth@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please. Applications due on or before November 15, 2022.

We are seeking a dynamic Curator of Entomology who will be an integral part of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC) and research team within the Museum.  

The mission of the BRCC is to perform field exploration and collections-based research in Southern California and Baja California with a global scientific perspective; to preserve specimens and associated information that document our region's natural history and biodiversity; to provide scientific knowledge about the natural history of our region; and to support the Museum's mission by laying the scientific foundation for its operation and programs.  

The Curator of Entomology directs entomological research and collections, helping lead, inspire, and steer research and conservation at the Museum. Candidates should maintain an independent research program, but also work with other curators on interdisciplinary studies and collaborate with the region’s biologists. The Curator of Entomology will be expected to generate data that highlight the Museum’s regional biodiversity and contribute to its conservation. In addition to serving as intellectual leaders of biodiversity research at the Museum, curators serve as the Museum’s face for science, so candidates must be comfortable in all types of public relations. In this capacity, the Curator of Entomology will also act as a strong representative of the Museum within the local, regional, and global scientific community. The Curator will actively oversee and manage multiple staff, the collections and their associated databases, collection use, and promote their utility to the greater museum community. The Curator of Entomology will be a skilled and creative science communicator, generate and co-create inspired outreach, and serve as a content expert for internal and external stakeholders.  

The Entomology collection consists of 1.3 million specimens and is especially strong in Coleoptera (30%) and Lepidoptera (30%). Holdings of Diptera (10%), Hymenoptera (principally bees; 10%), and Neuroptera (5%) are smaller but scientifically important. The type collection includes over 200 primary types and 500 paratypes with an emphasis on Lepidoptera and Coleoptera. There are also 15 holotypes of arachnids, mostly tarantulas. Recent growth has expanded the ethanol collection through consistent trapping methods in important regional habitats, including dunes of Baja California, Camp Pendleton, China Lake, Point Loma, and others.  

Areas of Responsibilities Include:  
  • Research and Collections  
    • Curate department collections and their associated databases  
    • Maintenance, improvement, digitization, and use of the entomology collection  
    • Acquire and prepare museum specimens  
    • Obtain, conduct and manage grant- and contract-funded projects  
    • Participate and collaborate with other departments in interdisciplinary research and contracts  
    • Disseminate research in peer-reviewed publications, reports, and scientific meetings 
    • Apply collections data toward conservation, biodiversity and geographic analyses, or other appropriate research projects 
    • Maintain collecting permits as appropriate 
  • Education and Outreach  
    • Science communication: speaking and writing for the public, students, policymakers and other stakeholders  
    • Participate in trainings of various Museum volunteer groups, such as the Canyoneers and Docents  
    • Present lectures for NatTalks, seminars, and special events 
  • Administration  
    • Supervise staff, interns, and science volunteers  
    • Prepare and manage department budget and track expenditures  
    • Prepare funding proposals for a wide-array of granting or contracting agencies  
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities  
  • Demonstrated experience in taxonomy and systematics or conservation biology of insects or arachnids   
  • Knowledge of collections care and insect or arachnid identification  
  • Interest in the conservation of invertebrate diversity of the Museum’s mission region  
  • Experience in data synthesis, project management, and use of community science platforms are desired 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills  
  • Ability and willingness to work with colleagues in collaborative and team environments    
  • Leadership skills to inspire and steer the research strategy at the Museum  
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people  
  • Experience in outreach and personnel supervision is essential  
  • Skills in project management with an attention to detail and accuracy  
  • Ability to learn processes, procedures, and information quickly  
  • Proficiency in relevant computer programs and database management, or demonstrated ability to learn applications based on proficiency in similar programs  
  • Professional demeanor, reliable, punctual, and hardworking  
  • A doctorate (Ph.D.) in entomology or biology (or similar field) from an accredited university degree program  
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.  
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is desirable  

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, exempt position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums, as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Weekend and evening availability is sometimes required. While the majority of work falls within regular business hours, field projects often extend through weekend and evening hours.  

Starting salary for this position is $88,400 annually.  

Applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae that highlights their interest in the position, relevant experience, and transferable skills they would bring to the role and writing samples that demonstrate scientific and public communication skills to kpelayo@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please.   

Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin 15 January 2023.  

The Department of Bioservices at the San Diego Natural History Museum has an opening for 1-2 Field Ornithologists to assist with contracted field work. This position is a full time (40 hours per week), term position, for a period of 18 months (ending 30 June 2024). The term may be extended pending suitable funding. All work is funded through grants and contracts.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private non-profit scientific organization incorporated in 1874. The Museum’s mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Within the Museum, the Department of Bioservices coordinates contracting for biological surveys and monitoring of the region’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, plants, and invertebrates, with an emphasis on applied ecological research.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conduct field investigations of the ornithology throughout the region, including remote areas.  Work in remote areas may require camping at field sites.  Anticipated upcoming work includes surveys, mapping, and nest monitoring of rare and endangered species, raptor nest monitoring, and point count studies of the avifauna of both coastal and desert areas.  Applicants must be experienced in identifying the avifauna of southern California through both sight and sound.

Other duties may include data entry and analysis, and report writing. 

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • A M.S. in biology or a related discipline, or a combination of professional experience and biological    knowledge equivalent to a graduate degree.
  • Extensive knowledge of the avifauna of San Diego County and surrounding regions.
  • 10(a) permits to work with endangered species preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of GIS mapping, and/or statistical analyses of data sets is preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs., and hike up to three miles in rough terrain.
  • Have a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.

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 full-time, temporary position includes benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Salary: $29.17/hour.

Start date: 1 February 2023

Please submit resumes and cover letter to kclark@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship position in the Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum (SDNHM). The James R. Colclough Paleontology Postdoctoral Fellowship supports research in marine mammal paleobiology and evolutionary biology. The Fellowship was created to honor the memory of James R. Colclough, longtime volunteer in the Department of Paleontology, and is funded by the James R. Colclough Paleontology Endowment.

Objective:

The Fellowship is designed to advance the academic and professional training of the next generation of vertebrate paleobiologists by providing them with the funding and facilities to pursue specific, time-limited research projects in association with Museum scientists and utilizing vertebrate fossil specimens housed in the SDNHM Department of Paleontology.

Responsibilities:

Duties will include conducting original research in marine mammal paleobiology, providing research assistance to the Curator of Paleontology, and introducing new technologies and analytical methods into the Museum setting. Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to be in residence at SDNHM full time and actively engaged in the SDNHM community. The position will include opportunities for interactions with colleagues at nearby San Diego State University, University of California-San Diego, and University of San Diego.

Qualifications:

To be considered for this position, applicants must have received a PhD degree within the past six (6) years. Soon-to-graduate PhDs may apply, but all formal requirements for a Ph.D. must be completed before the start of the appointment.

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, 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.

Compensation:

Annual compensation is $64,480, plus fringe benefits. Supplemental research funds also may be available. Appointments will typically be made for two years contingent on satisfactory progress in year one.

Starting Date:

On or about October 1, 2023

To APPLY:

Applicants should submit a cover letter (1-2 pages), a succinct statement (~700 words) detailing current work and research interests, an up to date curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and the names and contact information for two professional references.

Please submit materials to tdemere@sdnhm.org by February 12, 2023.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking a dedicated Public Programs Manager to develop and manage our adult programs (including lectures, classes, evening programs) and staff-lead floor programming for the Museum’s Education department.

The Public Programs Manager works collaboratively with the Museum’s Engagement and Education division and Museum scientists to create mission aligned and revenue generating adult programs that encourage lifelong learning. The position develops partnerships from a broad base of arts organizations, individual artists, makers, university extension, science affinity groups, and community groups to build on overlapping interests and shared passions.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Develop, manage, and facilitate ongoing public programs for adult audiences, including lectures; symposiums; large-scale events; and natural history classes and workshops.
  • Act as the project manager for summer Nat at Night programming—plan and work with staff to facilitate weekly trivia and additional Nat at Night program activities.
  • Plan and oversee budget, training, promotion and oversight of staff-lead floor programming, including Nature Studio art program on Saturdays (September-May).
  • Develop partnerships from a broad base of arts organizations, individual artists, makers, university extension, science affinity groups, and community groups to build on overlapping interests and shared passions. Actively promote public programs with networks and stakeholders.
  • Vet and recruit internal and external stakeholders for program offerings.
  • Establish forecasted programming plans and collateral in partnership with the Marketing Department (3-12 months in advance of program delivery).
  • Manage, develop and track budgets and purchase requests for all Public Programs.
  • Work with A/V department to facilitate all technical needs for programs, and to live-stream live and online programs.
  • Schedule and oversee part-time educators working on Public Programs.
  • Actively participate in relevant Museum and Park-wide committees.
  • Work with Institutional Advancement to develop proposals and reports for funding, including grants, foundation and sponsorship materials for all programs.
  • Work closely with the Marketing department on web content and social media content.
  • Other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • BA or BS in education, natural sciences, or other related subject and 2+ years of experience developing and managing educational programs. 
OR
  • 3+ years of equivalent work experience.

  • Successful experience managing revenue-based programming.
  • Prior experience in an informal education setting.
  • Shows creative initiative in program development.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Spanish speaking/bi-lingual (highly desired)
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people. 
  • This is a full-time (non-exempt) hourly position with benefits. Work hours are 5 days a week (Tuesdays – Saturdays) and includes evenings and weekends on program nights.

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.

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter that highlights your relevant experience to  hr@sdnhm.org.

Review of resumes will begin December 2022. No phone calls or drop–ins, please. 

Pay rate: $22.60 per hour

Your Day-to-Day Work

In this role, you will develop and implement Human Resources strategies and planning for the Museum as well as handling day-to-day management in all HR areas. You will serve as point of contact for all employees regarding HR issues and will advise senior management on HR strategic planning and policy development. In addition, you’ll manage and coach the People and Culture Coordinator who is responsible for the recruitment and hiring for our 180+ staff.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Ensure that the Museum work place environment cultivates a sense of community, inclusiveness, safety and is always in line with our core organizational values. 
  • Coach all levels of staff on performance issues and other matters
  • Manage and oversee the performance evaluation process. 
  • Manage and develop employee professional development, morale and appreciation programs.
  • Manage and support the People and Culture Coordinator on all aspects of recruitment, hiring, and onboarding processes
  • Manage all aspects of employee benefits, training, and workers compensation as well as employee termination processes.
  • Develop and oversee employee benefits programs including health insurance, retirement program and payroll process.
  • Manage safety, wellness and health programs.
  • Administer and monitor all leave of absences, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance claims.
  • Create and update policies and ensure that they are administered consistently across the institution. 
  • Oversee the employee handbook for accuracy, legal compliance, and distribution.
  • Guide management and employee actions by researching, developing, writing, and updating policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines.
  • Oversee the management of payroll processing system, including required ACA forms and other reporting required by law.
  • Administer retirement plan and assist auditors during year end plan audit and discrimination test work.
  • Organize and maintain all employee files within state and federal regulations and standard HR guidelines.
  • Manage compliance and reporting for workers compensation and health and safety programs.  
  • Comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation, anticipating legislation, enforcing adherence to requirements, and advising management on needed actions, including developing policies and procedures.
  • Maintain all department records, reports, and personnel files and related records in accordance with applicable labor laws. 
 What You Bring
  • 7+ years of HR experience.
  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in a discrete and professional manner and maintain confidential information.
  • The ability to work collaboratively across all departments and establish productive, collegial relationships both internally and externally
  • Experience managing multiple projects, and being highly detail oriented.
  • Knowledge of labor regulations, state and federal compliance requirements and HR best practices.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and interpret and apply policies and regulations to specific situations.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to manage both the strategic and day to day operations.
  • The ability to engage in spirited discussion while maintaining perspective, a professional demeanor, and a sense of humor. 
  • Experience with ADP.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

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, exempt position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums, and more.

Salary is $96,000.

To Apply

Applicants should send a resume and cover letter to hr@sdnhm.org.

A little more about us.

The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) was founded by amateur naturalists in 1874 and has played a major role in the conversation of our region. Having recently completed a strategic roadmap, The Nat is looking forward to an exciting new era as it approaches its 150th anniversary, focused on innovative audience engagement and an increased role in conservation.        

The Vice President of Science and Conservation (VPSC) at the San Diego Natural History Museum (Nat/Museum) leads the science division, directly impacting scientific activities in our mission region of Southern California and Baja California. The VPSC will play a leadership role in the Museum’s evidence-based, scientific approach to research by inspiring, and steering the science and conservation strategies of The Nat. As leader of the Museum’s Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC), the VPSC will work with Museum curators to conduct scientific research and actively collaborate with the region’s scientists in both Southern California and Baja California. The VPSC will serve as the Museum’s face of science, conducting research, representing of the Museum and nurturing partnerships within the local, regional, and global communities. This position also maintains scientific integrity of the Museum’s public offerings. The VPSC should be a proven leader with experience in scientific research and conservation activities, ability to manage a large budget including grant funded and fee-for-service related revenue activities, as well as high emotional intelligence and management skills.

As a member of the Museum’s executive management team this position fully participates in overall museum strategy, policy, and activities, setting priorities, developing and maintaining the budget, and interacting with the Board, elected officials, donors, and other museum stakeholders, in addition to scientists and leadership at other natural history museums. 

As chief scientist this position monitors relevant scientific literature and trends to ensure that the Museum is up-to-date with thinking across the field.  As a scientist this position may conduct original research and contribute to the field through publications and presentations, and may participate in contract services field work. 

As department chair this position works with staff throughout BRCC to ensure the efficient operation of the department, and ensure compliance with departmental, Museum and regulatory policies.

We seek a creative, engaged leader and researcher to holistically approach our region’s science and conservation needs, set priorities, and engage the Museum’s community throughout our mission area and beyond. Ideal candidates should be active scientists or seasoned science managers with a Ph.D. and have a record of leading successful scientific research divisions and familiarity with scientific contracting or consulting work. Candidates with experience in collaborative efforts are preferred.  The VPSC is expected to engage the Museum’s various research departments in a shared strategy to move science and conservation research forward in our region. As such, candidates with experience in data synthesis, project management, and use of community science platforms are desired. This leadership role requires a successful track record of securing external funding, superb communication skills, team building, and a passion for biodiversity and its protection. As the VPSC, you will report directly to the President and CEO. Depending on experience, salary will start at $114,000 with a benefits package included.

About the Museum’s science and conservation Programs: The Nat has an active binational collections-based and field research program that focuses on a mission area that ranges from Pt. Conception, CA to the tip of the Baja California Peninsula.  With 8.5 million specimens that span the past 150 years of regional collecting, the Museum has an unparalleled regionally-focused environmental record, covering birds, botany, entomology, herpetology, mammals, and paleontology.  The department also contains an extensive research library, gems and minerals, and marine invertebrates. 

The Nat has a long history of conservation actions, from petitioning for the creation of Torrey Pines State Reserve to documenting our region’s rich biodiversity. Binational expeditions, 100-year resurveys, and multi-disciplinary rapid assessments have drawn focus to diverse areas needing protection and documented the changes we’ve seen over our nearly 150 year-long history. Species-specific conservation research has discovered lost plant species presumed extinct, returned extirpated frogs to southern California, removed invasive species from sensitive habitats, and provided detailed insights into habitat use and development. Our biodiversity collections and their associated data are shared through numerous portals and receive millions of queries per year, contributing to our understanding of plant and animal communities across time, including our many Atlas programs (e.g., sdplantatlas.org, herpatlas.sdnhm.org) that bring focus to our important regional biodiversity. The Museum’s biological and paleontological fee-for-service consulting businesses bring in about a third of the Museum’s revenue as well as specimens to add to the Museum’s scientific collections.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Seasoned organizational leader with an accomplished record. Ability to work with President and CEO, VP Executive Management team, and Board of Directors to make high-level decisions to promote the Museum’s overall mission and strategy;
  • Strong leadership and business skills with an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to develop strategy, motivate, set objectives, and manage performance of a multi-disciplinary science and conservation staff;
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire, motivate and mentor staff, volunteers, and potential partners and donors
  • A doctorate (Ph.D.) in biology, conservation, environmental studies, or geography (or similar field) from an accredited university degree program, and a track record of relevant research and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations at the local, regional, national and international levels,
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising, including experience with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders, and ability to identify new funding streams.
  • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience. The ability to effectively represent The Nat with internal and external stakeholders including researchers, policymakers, general public, science communicators, museum volunteers and donors.
  • Strong commitment to The Nat’s inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) values, and a proven track record of success of managing diverse teams and volunteers, and the ability to integrate IDEA values into conservation strategies and policy work. Demonstrated commitment to social diversity and ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people;
  • Research and conservation experience in the Museum’s mission region of Southern California and Baja California, or similar experience from other regions of the world.
  • Knowledge of collections management and museum research are a plus.  
  • Written and verbal fluency in English is required.  Spanish speaking is a plus.

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, regular position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Applicants should submit a CV and cover letter that highlights your relevant experience and accomplishments to hr@sdnhm.org. Please include writing samples of both professional and popular level writing.

Part-Time Openings

The Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum has an opening for paleontological field monitor. This position will be part-time temporary, as needed (0 – 29 hours per week). All work is funded through contracts.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private non-profit scientific organization incorporated in 1874. The Museum’s mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Within the Museum, the Department of PaleoServices specializes in paleontological resource management. Our focus is on the recognition, recovery, and preservation of the significant and unique paleontological resources that occur in the greater southern California region.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Field monitoring of active mass grading, trenching, and other excavation activities into potentially fossil-bearing sedimentary rocks (Cenozoic and upper Mesozoic marine and/or non-marine rock units) in the greater southern California region.
  • Field monitor will work in close proximity to heavy equipment and be expected to work safely, to collect unearthed fossils, and to record relevant stratigraphic and taphonomic data.
  • Field monitoring can include working at distant locations for a week at a time, with commensurate reimbursement of per diem and mileage.
  • Opportunities for field survey work and fossil preparation are also possible.
  • Scheduled work hours are typically between the hours of 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday; however, work may also occur at night or on weekends.
Qualifications:
  • A minimum of a B.S. in Geology or a related discipline with an emphasis in paleontology.
  • Experience in field paleontology and stratigraphy is preferred.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs
  • Have a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.

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.

For general information about our paleontology mitigation program, please visit http://www.paleoservices.org

Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Please submit resumes and cover letter including salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Compensation: $20.09 to $25.00/hour depending on experience and qualifications.

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 $16.30/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.

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 for a passionate mission supporting Special Events Staff. They will be responsible assisting with the load-in and load-out of events, assisting in the set-up and break-down of Museum events, assisting in ensuring the safety of the Museum, having a Museum presence. This position requires the coordination of on-site event activities, including working with vendors, clients and guests, while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor. Hours are determined on as-needed basis.

Roles and responsibilities:
Event Presence
  • Reviews work order and becomes familiar with purpose/type of event, timeline/agenda of the event, as well as diagrams for each location.
  • Communicates with on-site Event Coordinator, Event Manager, or Director of Events.
  • Assists with set-up and break-down of events.
  • Follows designated directions from on-site Event Coordinator, Event Manager, Director of Events, or Special Events lead.
  • Maintains museum presence while guests and vendors are inside the facility.
  • Provides post-event feedback to Event Coordinator, Event Manager, Director of Events, or Special Events lead.
  • Communicates with the Food and Beverage staff to ensure all contracted services are in place by the allotted time.
Museum Safety and Cleanliness
  • Assists to ensure that Fire, City, Police, Park, Facility, and Alcohol codes are being followed to ensure that Museum is operating within the law.
  • Be prepared to evacuate guests if necessary.
  • Works with Facilities staff at the end of the event to ensure that all exhibit areas/items are returned to regular for the Museum to open the next day.
  • Works with the Food and Beverage staff at the end of the event to ensure that all items are returned to its proper storage location.
Vendor Load-in and Load-out
  • Ensures that only appropriate vendors access loading areas.
  • Operates Sidewalk Lift and Freight Elevator for vendors if Building Operations staff is unavailable.
  • Follows wristband procedures as vendors arrive for load-in and when vendor crew returns for load-out.
  • Stops unauthorized vendors or Balboa Park guests from entering the Museum during load-in and load-out.
  • Ensures vendors are following facility guidelines.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests, vendors, and customer service situations.
  • Must have reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
  • Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.
  • If hired a (Live Scan) background check will be required.
  • Flexible with scheduling of shifts and willing to work 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: $16.30/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.This is a part-time/as-needed position. 

Qualified applicants, please send your resume and cover letter to nbuerba@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop in visits.

 

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking for a passionate mission supporting Special Events Lead. They will be responsible for overseeing the load-in and load-out of events, assisting in the management of Special Events Staff and having a Museum presence. This position requires the coordination of on-site event activities, including working with vendors, clients and guests, while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor. Hours are determined on as-needed basis. 

Roles and responsibilities:
Event Presence
  • Reviews work order with Special Events Staff and becomes familiar with purpose/type of event, timeline/agenda of the event, as well as diagrams for each location.
  • Establishes contact with client as Museum contact person in addition to the Event Coordinator, Event Manager, or Director of Events.
  • Communicates with Event Coordinator, Event Manager, Director of Events and Senior Director of Operations to ensure all situations are being addressed.
  • Assists in the supervision of special events staff.
  • Creates a break schedule for special events staff and arranges for all breaks to be taken and covered.
  • Assists with the training of new special events staff.
  • Provides post-event feedback to Event Coordinator, Event Manager, or Director of Events.
  • Communicates with the Food and Beverage staff to ensure all contracted services are in place by the allotted time.
Museum Safety and Cleanliness
  • Assists to ensure that Fire, City, Police, Park, Facility, and Alcohol codes are being followed to ensure that Museum is operating within the law.
  • Ensures special events staff is present on all floors where there are guests.
  • Monitors the event set-up to ensure security measures are met (i.e. tables are not too close to wall).
  • Be prepared to evacuate guests if necessary.
  • Completes the Special Events Lead event check-list for ensuring that the Museum has been cleaned up and can be locked up by Food and Beverage staff and Building Operations staff after the event.
  • Works with Facilities staff at the end of the event to ensure that all exhibit areas/items are returned to regular for the Museum to open the next day.
  • Works with the Food and Beverage staff at the end of the event to ensure that all items are returned to its proper storage location.
Vendor Load-in and Load-out
  • Ensures that only appropriate vendors access loading areas.
  • Operates Sidewalk Lift and Freight Elevator for vendors if Building Operations staff is unavailable.
  • Oversees wristband procedures as vendors arrive for load-in and when vendor crew returns for load-out.
  • Stops unauthorized vendors or Balboa Park guests from entering the Museum during load-in and load-out.
  • Ensures vendors are following facility guidelines.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • A minimum of 3 months or equivalent as SDNHM special events staff 
  • 1+ year in supervisory experience or supervisory experience in a like-setting
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests, vendors, and customer service situations.
  • Must be well-versed in the Museum, and the Museum Policies and Procedures
  • Must have reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
  • Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.
  • If hired a (Live Scan) background check will be required.
  • Flexible with scheduling of shifts and willing to work 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/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.This is a part-time/as-needed position. 

Qualified applicants, please send your resume and cover letter to nbuerba@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop in visits.

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