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.

Interested in joining? Scroll on to see our current openings.

Full-Time Openings

If you’ve always hoped your work would appear in a museum someday … here’s your chance. 

As Art Director for The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat), you’ll shape the design aesthetic for one of San Diego’s most popular and loved cultural attractions. You’ll be responsible for the Museum’s visual design direction for external communications as well as branding components onsite at the museum. 

You’ll need to be adept at a wide range of design challenges, from a giant building banner to a tiny display ad to a branded product for our store. You’ll need to be equally comfortable working in the digital space as you are at a press check. And most of all, you'll be able to translate our conservation and education work into compelling materials that help communicate The Nat’s brand story.  

You’ll be that rare species of designer known as “Someone Who Can Do It All.” 

This position reports to the Senior Director of Communications and works closely with others from across the organization to support business goals and continually strengthen The Nat brand. 

Responsibilities 
Graphic Design (70%)  
  • Contribute to and have high-level understanding of the organization's graphics standards, techniques and methods. Participate in the development and implementation of logos and branding elements as assigned. 
  • Work with Communications team on brainstorming marketing and advertising strategies, and assist with copywriting and messaging to keep creative fresh and compelling. 
  • Lead larger graphic design projects from conception with client through iteration process, through approval, print, quality assurance and delivery.  
  • Design or supervise the design of all graphics needs for the Museum, including: 
    • Advertising and marketing collateral: Traditional and digital advertising, print collateral stationery, and brochures/publications.  
    • Exhibition design: Graphic identity for exhibitions, and design and execution of exhibit components (title wall, panels, and labels, etc.) 
    • On-site graphics: Posters, banners, and operational signage   
    • Store and promotional products: Develop artwork that will be applied to store products and merchandise (both on-site store and ecommerce) and promotional products   
    • Digital media/multimedia: Creative direction and design for websites, social media graphics, and email marketing program; manage photo or video shoots and assist with video editing/production where needed.    
Print Production (15%) 
  • Produce high quality, industry-standard, electronic pre-press files by creating, managing and collecting appropriate electronic files, fonts and support graphics. 
  • Create and maintain graphic templates. 
  • Coordinate assembly (or multi-piece projects) and mailings with mail house to ensure materials arrive to recipients on deadline. 
  • Review press proofs and provide appropriate feedback; schedule and attend press checks for quality control when appropriate. 
  • Facilitate schedule with printers, mail houses, and other trade vendors to ensure deadlines, brand goals and budgets are maintained.  
Management (15%) 
  • Regularly interface with department heads, project managers, and museum leadership to participate in strategy discussions as well as outline your own visual campaign strategies, pitch ideas and concepts, and clearly articulate artistic intention. 
  • Direct the work of the Production Designer and occasional freelancers. Manage and maintain relationships with vendors and subcontractors as needed (printers, videographers/photographers, etc.). 
  • Manage departmental workflow, including project management/ticketing system.  
  • Oversee file management processes. 
Skills and Qualifications 
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, juggle numerous projects on various time frames, and work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment, toggling between big picture strategic work and smaller projects w/ quick turnarounds.  
  • Strong problem solver and project manager with stellar customer service, presentation, and communication skills. Ability to confidently interface with leadership team as well as internal clients across disciplines.   
  • Demonstrated understanding of industry trends and creative tools: expertise in Adobe Creative Cloud, with a strong focus on InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop; working knowledge of HTML and CSS; experience developing and publishing web content using CMS systems and email marketing platforms; UI/UX knowledge and experience with Adobe Premiere Pro a plus. 
  • Self-starter who takes initiative.  
  • Existing relationships with print vendors and strong understanding of print production processes. 
  • Strong understanding of branding and advertising strategy as well as creative/ad principles for both digital and traditional communication platforms. Demonstrated understanding of web and digital trends and best practices and how to tell a story through both traditional and digital media. Copywriting experience a plus.  
  • 5-7 years of experience in a strategic supervisory or management role: Overseeing and leading staff members/direct reports to manage their successful accomplishment of ongoing functions and their roles in furthering the organization’s mission; assisting in translating organizational vision to departmental goals and monitoring implementation of goals, making necessary adjustments and informing higher levels of management regarding significant changes. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design or related field preferred.  
  • Agency background and/or museum/exhibition experience 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.

Pay Range

Salary commensurate with experience, will range from $65,000-73,000.

This is a full-time, regular, exempt position eligible for 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.

To Apply

A cover letter, current resume, and online or PDF portfolio are required for all applicants; please send to rhandelsman@sdnhm.org.  No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

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. 

Our Story

Founded as—and still officially named—the San Diego Society of Natural History (The Nat), the organization traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists who came together in 1874 to study the unique flora and fauna of our region. Now known as the San Diego Natural History Museum (and affectionately referred to as The Nat), the organization focuses on the natural history and unique biodiversity of our binational region. With a $12M annual budget and 170 employees, we welcome nearly 400,000 people to the Museum each year. In addition to our location in Balboa Park, The Nat hosts environmental education programs in the community, and we are engaged in scientific research throughout Southern California and the Baja California Peninsula. 

While many people know The Nat as a flagship institution in Balboa Park, we are much bigger than our building. The world we live in is an amazing place. We want everyone to understand it better, enjoy it more, and love it as much as we do, so we’ll all protect it for the future. Because we believe that nature is the biggest exhibition of all. For more information, please visit: sdnat.org.

Leadership & Culture
As a member of the executive team, the CFO/COO will report to CEO, Judy Gradwohl who joined The Nat in July 2016 as the organization’s first woman president and CEO, following more than 30 years at the Smithsonian Institution. Judy’s passion for and wide range of experience in natural history research, science communication, and museum management has taken the organization to new heights. Under her leadership, the Museum developed a new strategic plan that focuses on regional science, collections, education, and conservation. The CFO/COO will join a convivial and dedicated team of exceptionally talented staff, working collaboratively to help shape the organization’s future. It is also an incredible time to join The Nat, as we prepare to embark on the largest capital campaign in the organization’s history. The CFO/COO will play a key leadership role in laying the financial groundwork for the $50M campaign and managing the important infrastructure investments it will fund.

Benefits & Features
  • Salary: $160,000 - $170,000
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Health, Dependent and Transit
  • Life Insurance for annual salary up to $150,000.
  • AD&D and Long-Term Disability
  • Voluntary Life or Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Retirement Plan eligible to contribute immediately. Employer match, after one year of employment.
  • 10 paid days off
  • 10 paid sick days
  • 15 paid holidays
  • Park Employee discounts at stores, coffee carts and restaurants.
  • Free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums and the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
  • See our website for more information on benefits of working at the Museum: https://www.sdnat.org/about-us/employment/why-work-here
Location
This role will need to work primarily on site in Balboa Park and there is some flexibility for remote work. 

Position Summary

With a new strategic plan, the upcoming capital campaign and our 150th anniversary fast approaching, the CFO/COO will have a real opportunity for impact. The Nat is a key player in conservation conversations and is actively addressing environmental issues that will shape our region for future generations. The CFO/COO will report to the CEO, and work closely with the Board of Directors, including the Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees. They will manage our $12M annual budget, with overall strategic and operational responsibility of the finance, operations, and administrative departments for one of San Diego’s most beloved institutions. This includes building facilities, accounting, HR, and IT/AV, as well as our museum store retail operations and food & beverage sales. In addition, the CFO/COO will leverage their business acumen to help us grow our contract services division, which provides environmental consulting services throughout the region. Currently a $2M business for The Nat, this division has very exciting growth prospects.

The CFO/COO will lead a dynamic and talented team, managing five to six direct reports and a total team of 25 staff altogether. A key member of our senior leadership team, this is a high-profile position, both within our organization and our sector locally, as they collaborate with executives at other leading cultural institutions. The CFO/COO role offers an excellent opportunity for a candidate with exceptional inter-personal skills and collaborative, transparent and inclusive management ethos.

Priority areas for this position in the first 12 months include:
  • Provide strong financial and strategic support to the CEO.
  • Collaborate with the CEO to develop a comprehensive business plan to expand The Nat’s earned revenue streams, such as environmental consulting, events, retail, food and beverage.
  • Finalize the rollout and implementation of the new accounting software, Sage Intacct.
  • Lead a compensation analysis and salary modeling for all positions across The Nat to support equity and retention.
  • Ensure all departments are prepared for The Nat’s capital campaign.
  • Hire and oversee a project manager responsible for managing the capital improvement projects tied to the campaign.
  • Prepare for and oversee the audit.
Duties & Responsibilities
Finance 
  • Oversee cash flow planning and ensure availability of funds as needed.
  • Oversee cash, investment, and asset management.
  • Oversee financing strategies and activities, as well as banking relationships.
  • Develop and utilize forward-looking, financial analyses to provide insight into the organization’s operations and business plans. 
Planning, Policy, and Donor Relations 
  • Coordinate the development and monitoring of budgets.
  • Develop financial business plans and forecasts.
  • Participate in corporate policy development as a member of the senior management team.
  • Engage the finance committee of the board of directors to develop short-, medium-, and long-term financial plans and projections.
  • Represent the Museum to financial partners, including financial institutions, donors, foundation executives, auditors, public officials, etc. 
  • Remain up to date on nonprofit audit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations. 
Accounting and Administration 
  • Oversee the accounting department to ensure proper maintenance of all accounting systems and function. 
  • Ensure maintenance of appropriate internal controls and financial procedures.
  • Ensure timeliness, accuracy, and usefulness of financial and management reporting for federal and state funders, foundations, and the board of directors; oversee the preparation and communication of monthly and annual financial statements.
  • Ensure timely and accurate accounts receivable transactions for Museum business ventures. 
  • Coordinate audits and proper filing of tax returns.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding all financial functions.
  • Ensure excellent customer service and effective communication between accounting, staff, vendors, and clients. 
  • Utilize existing systems and additional technology solutions to streamline processes and maximize the amount of time not spent on administration
Building Operations and Support Functions 
  • Oversee the operations of building support staff and security functions to ensure safety and comfort of visitors, employees, and collections.
  • Oversee capital improvement projects and prepare capital budgets. 
  • Pursue energy savings projects where applicable to the Museum operations. 
  • Oversee operation of information technology function and develop priorities regarding investments in IT infrastructure and cybersecurity. 
  • Oversee the human relations function to ensure compliance with the employee manual and all state and federal employment laws.
  • Manage insurance and legal needs. 
Management 
  • Participate in museum management and supervise, coach and mentor staff to achieve departmental and museum success. 
  • Work effectively with peers on Executive Management team to anticipate and solve problems and create sound policies. 
  • Actively communicate with staff inside and outside division to ensure that they have the tools, training and direction needed to be effective in their jobs. Provide feedback, and model respectful and collegial behavior.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility  
  • Incorporate principles of IDEA into all departments, including hiring, management of staff and volunteers, and activities for the public 
  • Promote IDEA in all Museum interactions 
Background Profile
  • Strategic and hands-on approach to finance, accounting, and operations; adept at analysis, business planning, forecasting, and committed to the Museum’s mission.   
  • Demonstrated experience with audit, legal compliance, and budget development.  
  • Strong knowledge of organizational development and HR management principles. 
  • Excellent communications skills, written and oral; comfortable communicating key data, including presentations to senior management, the board, and outside stakeholders/partners.
  • Ability to multi-task while maintaining vigilant attention to details.  
  • Minimum BA, a CPA and/or MBA preferred.
  • Prior nonprofit experience desirable.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

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 more information or to apply, please contact:
Sarah Thompson, Director, Blair Search Partners
1855 First Avenue, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101

 

Role Summary/Objectives:  

The primary role is to create the overall vision for the café and retail operations that enhances the visitor experience. The Director is responsible for leading the department to achieve revenue goals, and provide an outstanding experience for all visitors through creative, mission-related products, merchandising, menu options, and customer service.  This position ensures the shop and cafe are an integral part of the experience of all visitors. In addition, this position oversees the liquor license and beverage needs for special events. This full-time, exempt position reports to the CFO/COO and has a varied schedule that includes weekend and/or evening hours.  

Roles and responsibilities: 
  • Directs the general vision, operations, and management of the food, beverage, and retail services (including e-commerce) department. 
  • Responsible for ensuring the café and shop is on brand, reaches a broad audience, and reflect the Museum’s mission and strategic goals; 
  • Creates the overall vision for the café and shop that enhances the visitor experiences and ensures it is an integral part of the experience for all guests. 
  • Recruits, mentors, trains, develops and successfully manages a team to achieve the strategic objectives and the present and future needs of the department 
  • Oversight of the annual department planning and in creation and management of annual operating plans and budget. 
  • Analyzes financial data and develops strategies around pricing, merchandising, and promotions. 
  • Manages the point-of-sale system; runs reports and reconciles with accounting.  
  • Oversees inventory control and calculation for monthly analysis and reconciliation.  
  • Directs ordering quantities and timing, receiving, invoice settlement and accuracy. 
  • Manages food, beverage, merchandise, and labor costs. Monitors market conditions that impact menu and merchandise offerings, business volume, and profitability. 
  • Oversees the creation of menus to entice a variety of audiences including café patrons and internal private events while incorporating a pricing structure that will support the bottom-line goals. 
  • Works closely with the communications department to develop products and identify marketing opportunities to promote food, beverage, and retail products. 
  • Coordinate with other departments on the retail display and merchandise and how it connects to the current exhibitions.   
  • Trains bartenders and works closely with the special events department to oversee beverage service and inventory. 
  • Develops beverage menus and pricing in coordination with the special events department. 
  • Ensures compliance for the safe and legal service of alcoholic beverages. 
  • Works with local and state inspectors (e.g., Department of Environmental Health and ABC) to ensure all food safety measures are met. Ensures all staff are in compliance with all health, safety, and training regulations. 
  • Creates and implements all policies and procedures for the department including compliance of organizational standards relating to the quality of products and services. 
  • Keeps all public and storages areas clean and organized.  
  • Monitors all equipment to ensure all items are in working order for all functions. 
  • Primary duty is management and leadership, however, may be required to fill in to relieve/back-up staff during peak periods or when short-staffed. 
  • Maintains knowledge of other museums and industry trends. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications and Requirements: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in food service/hospitality management preferred.  
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive responsibility in the food and beverage industry is required. 
  • Advanced knowledge required of wines, distilled spirits, malted beverages, and service skills for high-quality beverage service, modern buffet and reception setup, flow management, replenishment techniques, and aesthetically pleasing presentation. 
  • Certification in safe alcohol service or TIPS preferred. 
  • Experience in resolving customer issues/complaints as well as overall excellent customer service required. 
  • Proficient in computer software including Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Proven ability to effectively build and foster a team environment. 
  • Ability to make decisions in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Must be of legal age to service alcoholic beverages. 
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and non-verbally with others. 
  • Ability to work with all personality types even in adverse situations. 
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, anticipate situations, and take quick action. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service. 
  • Excellent problem solving/decision making skills. 
  • Ability to work independently and proactively in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Ability to work late nights and weekends. 
Mental & Physical Requirements: 
  • Ability to lift at 25 – 100 pounds. 
  • While performing the duties of the job, the employee may be required to walk or stand for long periods of time. 
  • Must be able to bend, climb, balance, reach, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl without hindrance. 
  • Maintains a professional appearance appropriate to position and as per Museum policy. 
  • Ability to climb on step stool or ladder in order to complete elements of the job or facilitate maintenance issues. 
  • Fine motor skills. 
  • Must have a valid driving license. 
  • Experience with a database-driven POS required. 
  • Must possess valid food handler card or acquire within first 30 days of hire. 
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office skills. 
  • Comfortable with public speaking and leading a small group. 
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests and customer service situations. 

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.

Weekly Schedule: Friday – Tuesday (subject to change as needed)

This is a full-time exempt position eligible for 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 Range: $70K to $80K – based on experience

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, salary requirement and three professional references to jsahagun@sdnhm.org.

NO PHONE CALLS, NO DROP INS, and NO RECRUITERS please.

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

The San Diego Society of Natural History was founded in 1874 by a handful of citizen-naturalists and is the oldest scientific institution in southern California, and the third oldest west of the Mississippi.

The Mission of the San Diego Natural History Museum 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.

The Museum has a collection of more than 8 million research specimens and conducts research in the areas of paleontology, entomology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy and botany. We provide educational opportunities to over 100,000 children each year and close to 400,000 people visit our exhibitions each year. The Museum operates an onsite gift shop and a café offering bar services, and also has over 700 active volunteers who serve in our research and education programs.

The Museum is located in historic Balboa Park and houses over 8500 square feet of exhibition space and a 300-seat giant-screen theater.

The San Diego Natural History Museum strives to provide a stellar experience for our visitors, volunteers and employees.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Controller, the accountant maintains financial reports, records, and general ledgers. This position also researches accounting variances, ensures compliance with accounting procedures, and helps to create efficiencies within the accounting department.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Prepare, post, and reconcile general ledger journal entries
  • Responsible for analyzing transactions, explaining variances, preparing schedules, completing reconciliations, and providing support for annual financial audit, 990 filings, and budgets
  • Responsible for preparing quarterly sales tax filings, maintaining food and beverage inventory accounts, and reconciling to admissions and food and beverage point of sale systems
  • Assist with Accounts Receivables, Accounts Payables, Cash Deposits, and Payroll Processing
  • Assist in monthly financial report preparation for museum managers and work with managers on budgeting and cost management
  • Assist Controller with daily, monthly, and year-end operations of the accounting department and provide accounting support for other job duties as assigned
CANDIDATE PROFILE:
  • Bachelor Degree in accounting from four-year College or University
  • Minimum of five years of related experience
  • Previous nonprofit experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Sage Intacct a distinguishing factor
  • Knowledge of Altru Ticketing/Membership system and Square POS systems a plus
  • Strong general ledger and fund accounting experience, with excellent knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Procedures (GAAP)
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to insure compliance with internal policies and procedures
  • Advanced fluency with Microsoft Excel and other analytical tools
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

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.

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, salary requirement and three professional references to hdohrman@sdnhm.org. No phone calls, no drop ins, and no recruiters please.

Pay Range: Annual $65-70K based on experience.

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.

As the San Diego Natural History Museum’s Volunteer Manager, you will recruit, interview and oversee a robust core of over 450+ volunteers that provide vital services and public-facing activities for one of San Diego’s most popular and beloved museums.  Reporting to the Senior Director of Visitor Services and Volunteers, this is a leadership position that is perfect for individuals who enjoy a variety of work and engaging with diverse groups and individuals.

The Volunteer Manager promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility values and works to build an esprit de corps among all volunteers and between volunteers and staff.

Essential Functions:
  • Management of Volunteer/Intern program:
    • Works with Sr. Director to recruit, select, place, process and on-board new volunteers.
    • Assist Sr. Director and rotating leadership of volunteer groups to advance programs, including: Canyoneers who lead hikes; Whalers who staff whale watching cruises; Docents who volunteer in the Museum and provide school-based programming; and the Covey who support fundraising.
    • Works with Sr. Director on recruitment efforts including planning volunteer recruitment outreach with Marketing, tracking applicants, processing background checks, and conducting and updating volunteer orientations.
    • Provides feedback on volunteer performance and takes corrective action as needed.
    • Assists departments in identifying roles and responsibilities of volunteer positions and creates position descriptions for those roles.
    • Works with various Museum departments to identify support needs and to develop volunteer programs and trainings to meet those needs.
    • Communicates Museum news, and reinforces the Museum’s strategic direction to volunteer groups.
    • Works with various Museum departments to identify and plan short-term high school/college internship opportunities.
    • Assist with the organization of the annual volunteer recognition event.
    • Collaborates with the Summer Camp Volunteer Liaison to support summer camp volunteers.
    • Supports the Sr. Director in the achievement of department strategic plans and evaluation.
    • Represent the Nat at volunteer-focused meetings and affinity groups to learn about new opportunities and collaborations.
  • Administrative Tasks:
    • Conducts all initial correspondence with prospective volunteer/intern applicants; maintains active communication with applicants through the entire onboarding process.
    • Collaborates with the Sr. Director to develop, manage and track annual Volunteer budget, petty cash and budgetary reports.
    • Maintains database of volunteers both in Volgistics and Altru to ensure accurate contact information and status of all volunteers/interns.
    • Aids departments needing reports on volunteer activities within their departments, or more broadly for other reporting purposes.
    • Facilitates and attends volunteer and staff meetings—reserves rooms’, completes work orders, and ensures all resources are provided (AV, tables, chairs, etc.)
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills:
  • Highly organized and detail oriented with strong administrative skills.
  • Excellent skills in time management and multi-tasking.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Skilled in MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Windows, Excel, MS Teams and Zoom.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of Volgistics, Altru, or other comparable database programs.
  • Experience developing new programs and protocols for volunteers.
  • Experience planning, overseeing and reporting on sizeable budgets.
  • A background in education and/or science background is desirable.
  • Bi-lingual and/or ability to speak and write in Spanish is desirable.
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and minimum of two or more years’ experience directly managing volunteers and/or multiple personnel (experience managing large groups of volunteers and/or in museum settings is desirable) OR four years of equivalent professional management experience.
  • Experience working successfully with a wide range of ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
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.

Schedule:

This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Some weekends and evenings are required.

This is a predominantly on-site position with flexibility for occasional remote work as approved by the Sr. Director. This policy is subject to change at the discretion of the Museum.

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 Range:

$23-$25 Hourly / Non-exempt

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

Part-Time Openings

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part - time, as needed, Banquet Bartender for special events. This position provides guests an unparalleled customer service experience.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable preparing 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. Count bank at end of shift, complete designated cashier reports, resolve any discrepancies, drop off receipts, and secure bank. 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.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Follow Museum 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.
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
  • 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.
  • Other duties as assigned.
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.

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.

Position pays $16/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. 

Please send resume and cover letter to foodandbeverage@sdnhm.orgNo phone calls or drop-ins please.

 

Applications are invited for one paid apprentice position in the Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat). This immersive apprenticeship program provides students with Museum-based experience in bird and mammal biodiversity science centered around collections curation, specimen preparation, and fieldwork.  

Objectives & Duties:

Specific museum collection tasks to be taught will include an overview of biodiversity data and data flow, preparation of specimens, collection organization and maintenance, and fieldwork. 

Specific curation tasks to be taught will include: collecting ethics and the purpose of collections; taxonomic nomenclature; collection organization; collection maintenance and care; data entry into the SDNHM Bird and Mammal collection databases. 

Schedule: 

The apprenticeship program will involve up to 12 hours of work per week over a total period of 20 (twenty) weeks (May 2022 through December 2022). Compensation will be $16.00 per hour. 

Qualifications: 

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 cover letter/email, a succinct statement (250-500 words) detailing course work completed and scientific interests, and the names and contact information for two faculty references. Please submit materials to Ingrid Garcia (igarcia@sdnhm.org) and Philip Unitt (punitt@sdnhm.org) by April 19, 2022. 

Starting Date: As soon as May 9, 2022.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking to hire a summer camp teaching assistant.  

This will be a seasonal summer position June 13 through August 24, 2022.

Position Summary:

The Camp Teaching Assistant (CTA) will assist in providing dynamic mission driven educational summer programming for grades 1-8 using an interactive, engaging, inquiry-based learning style. This is a seasonal position only.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

The Camp Teaching Assistant will help camp instructor and program to ensure a quality experience to our participating campers.  

Responsibilities include:
  • Primary focus will be to assist the camp instructor. CTA should expect to facilitate and participate in a wide variety of activities. Deliver fun and educational programs to our campers.
  • Assist in the mentorship and leadership of youth volunteers.
  • Preparation, set-up and clean-up of camp supplies, equipment and classrooms.
  • Create a positive and welcoming environment for campers and their families.
  • Assist at drop-off, pick-up and lunch times.
  • Inspire campers in a positive and engaging manner.
  • Establish and maintain a professional rapport with camp and Museum staff.
  • Represent oneself and the Museum in a professional, respectful, and courteous manner.
  • Ensure the highest level of safety both physically and emotionally.
  • Follow Museum policy and procedure.
  • Opportunities to teach and lead lessons and activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
 Qualifications:
  • Must have one year college experience or work experience out of high school.
  • Knowledge of the San Diego Natural History Museum (or willing to learn).
  • Knowledge of the natural world and/or camp subject (or willing to learn).
  • Prior experience working with children in a camp or classroom environment.
  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Must be punctual and dependable.
  • Demonstrated handling of oneself in a professional manner.
  • Knowledge of current MS Office applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Ability to work individually and in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to climb stairs, stand upwards for several hours at a time, lift up to 30 pounds frequently, work and/or type at a desk for several hours at a time.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Attend scheduled orientations, trainings and meetings.
  • Please let us know about any special certifications, skills or interests. For example; inclusion and special needs, bilingual, iNaturalist, CPR/First Aid, theater or performance background etc.

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.

Time Commitment: Approximately 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. This is eight to nine week commitment and includes additional days for training and orientation. Camps run June 20 through August 19, 2022.

Compensation: $15 per hour.                        

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, résumé, and three references. Send to hr@sdnhm.org.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking a reliable, attentive, detail-oriented Facilities Associate to assist with daily operations and the security and care of the facility. The ideal candidate will be comfortable with a wide range of responsibilities and tasks, has excellent communication skills, and possesses good judgement.

Areas of responsibilities include:
  • Building walk-throughs checking that areas are secure and building systems are functioning properly (HVAC, water pumps, elevators/lifts, generator, fire suppression systems, pest control, elevators/lifts).
  • Reception of all contractors for scheduled work or emergency repairs – Providing access, directing to work area, communicating the issue and what is needed, following up with the Facilities Manager on results or additional needs.
  • Receiving, logging and distributing Museum deliveries.
  • Ensuring trash/recycling and paper shredding bins are available and ready for pick-up.
  • Checking for fire hazards (fire extinguisher checks, kitchen equipment, heaters, pilot lights).
  • Museum vehicle check-out and parking reservations.
  • Assisting with access card creation and key distribution.
  • Security camera monitoring and safety/security patrols, including escorts for staff working with cash.
  • Responding to emergency situations within and directly outside of the Museum (fire alarms, medical emergencies, natural disasters, etc.).
  • Table and chair set-up/tear-down for Museum events and programs.
  • Assist with security functions such as crowd control and ID checks for 21+ events.
  • Assist with building maintenance projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and requirements:
  • Proven team player with strong communication skills and customer service skills who is approachable and responsive.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Intuitive decision-making and response.
  • Frequent standing, walking, bending, sitting, climbing (stairs & ladders), crawling and lifting of moderately heavy loads up to 50lbs.
  • Valid California driver’s license and clean vehicle operation record.
  • Current Guard Card certification through BSIS.
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification.
  • 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.

Evening, weekend, and holiday availability may be required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open to the public Friday thru Tuesday with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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

To apply please submit resume and cover letter to mnegrete@sdnhm.orgNO PHONE CALLS, NO DROP INS, and NO RECRUITERS please.

Position pays $18.00/hour.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part - time, as needed, Lead Banquet Bartender for special events. This position provides guests an unparalleled customer service experience. The ideal candidate will be comfortable managing bar staff, preparing and serving drinks, while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor.

Roles and responsibilities:
  • Follow appropriate procedures for serving alcohol. (T.I.P.S., L.E.A.D., ServSafe)
  • Supervises and address employee issues and general issues at the bar.
  • Prepare alcohol and non-alcohol beverages (including garnishes for mixed drinks) for patrons.
  • Interact with bar customers to take and serve beverage orders while ensuring all other bartenders are doing the same.
  • Check customer identification and confirm legal drinking age is met.
  • Strictly follows serving guidelines to all guests with attention to intoxicated customers; makes judgements regarding when to slow a guest down or cut them off.
  • Knowledge of the bar menu options to answer guest inquiries and requests in a courteous and polite manner.
  • Provide the highest-level of customer service to our guests (both internal and external) through active engagement and a friendly attitude.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with colleagues.
  • Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs promptly, ensuring no shortages throughout scheduled function time.
  • Set-up and transport supplies to bar area(s).
  • Clean the bar, stock bar items, and maintain overall cleanliness at all times.
  • Wash bar glasses and any other bar equipment.
  • Handle money, operates the payment collection system, and accurately makes change.
  • Oversee and assist bar staff with any money handling concerns or issues with the payment system.
  • Count bank at end of shift, complete reports, resolve any discrepancies, drop off receipts, and secure bank.
  • Secure liquors, beers, wines, coolers, cabinets, and storage areas. Complete closing duties.
  • Maintain a high-level of personal hygiene routine to represent a clean and professional environment.
  • Be flexible and assume other responsibilities and tasks as assigned.
  • Follow Museum and Department safety and security policies and procedures to ensure a clean, safe, and secure environment.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • 2+ years of restaurant bartending experience and/or banquet bartending experience preferred.
  • 1+ year in bar supervisory experience or supervisory experience in a like-setting.
  • Flexible with scheduling of shifts and willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • 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.
  • Must possess valid food handler card or willing to get in first (30) days of employment.
  • Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
  • Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.
  • 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.

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.

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

Please send resume and cover letter to foodandbeverage@sdnhm.orgNo phone calls or drop-ins please.

 

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 Supervisor and Senior Director of Operations. 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 Supervisor and Senior Director of Operations.
  • 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 Supervisor and Senior Director of Operations.
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. Friday availability is currently highly desired.

Position pays $16/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 enthusiastic and friendly part-time Visitor Services Associates (VSAs) to assist guests at our Admissions Desk, Giant Screen Theater, and at Museum and exhibit entries. VSAs provide Museum guests an unparalleled customer service experience in a fast-paced, educational, and entertaining environment. The ideal candidates will be comfortable shifting roles and responsibilities throughout the day while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor.

Areas of responsibilities include:
  • Provide consistent and excellent customer service to guests, members, staff, and all other constituents that may come into the Museum. 
  • Stationed at the Admission Desks providing assistance to guests in person, or over the phone with sales for admission/memberships/programs as well as answering a variety of questions about the Museum and Balboa Park. Desk duties also include upselling memberships, donations, selling programs and surveying guests. 
  • Stationed at the entrance of exhibitions monitoring capacity, checking tickets, and directing guests (if applicable). 
  • Stationed at the Museum’s giant-screen theater, assisting guests with seating and sanitizing the theater as needed.
  • Other general visitor services duties, including but not limited to: Describing Museum exhibitions with interest and accuracy; monitoring the cleanliness of exhibitions throughout the day; answering incoming phone calls professionally; and, keeping up-to-date on current promotions, programs, and procedures. 
  • Encourage guests to maintain COVID safety guidelines. 
Qualifications:
  • Friendly personality with a guest-focused attitude and a commitment to creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere for the Museum's visitors. 
  • Professional demeanor, reliable, punctual, and hardworking. 
  • A background in customer service, hospitality, or retail with experience in credit card/cash handling and CRM database and/or ticketing software knowledge is highly desirable.  
  • Familiarity with Balboa Park a plus.  
  • Must be able stand for long periods of time and communicate verbally for the majority of each shift.  
  • Ability to learn processes, procedures, and information quickly. 
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, night and holiday availability is desired. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open Friday thru Tuesday, closed Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

This is a part-time, as needed position with limited hours. VSAs enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

The Position pays $16/hour.

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

 

 

 

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