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Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Career Opportunities


Following is a list of current career opportunities at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Applications are available online or may be picked up in the Museum admissions office from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You may also leave your completed application with a representative at the entrance. Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Please click here for Application Form

To apply for a listed position, send your resume and application with a cover letter (indicating position of interest) to:   Electronic transmission is preferred; alternatively you may:

Fax to: 805-569-0937 Attn: HR

Or Mail to:

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Human Resources Department
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 


Curator, Schlinger Foundation Chair of Entomology

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History seeks applicants for Curator of Entomology. This is a full time, exempt position, supported by endowment. Responsible for the continued development of the entomology collection and the energetic leadership of programs promoting the study and appreciation of insects as well as participation in the Museum’s nature educational programs. A doctorate in entomology (or related  subject), experience in insect collecting methodology, collection curation, and a record of collections-based research is desired. Should be a good communicator and enthusiastic interpreter of general entomology to the public.

Salary DOE. Please submit (1) letter of interest; (2) current CV with list of publications, and up to three PDFs; (3) names of three references.

Questions to Dr. Henry W. Chaney at:

Review of applications starts January 5, 2015, until filled. 

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Director, Marketing and Communications

On the eve of its centennial, the Museum seeks a dynamic Director of Marketing and Communications to implement our new comprehensive identity and messaging initiative that will reintroduce the Museum/Sea Center to the Santa Barbara region. This effort will provide the foundation for the Museum’s comprehensive campaign currently underway in its quiet phase. The Director plans, develops and implements the Museum and Sea Center’s institutional marketing, communication and advertising activities.

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Exhibit Interpreter/Education Specialist (Stearns Wharf)

Our Sea Center currently has an opening for a part time Exhibit Interpreter/Education Specialist. Applicants should have a background in marine science and education and enjoy interacting with the public.

Basic Responsibilities:

Deliver dynamic educational experiences, programs and exhibit interpretation to specific audiences and to general visitors

Assist the School & Teacher Services coordinator with developing and running school programs

Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of marine science content 

Provide top-notch customer service 


Background in elementary education and marine science

Ability to speak in public and organize presentations

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with varied individuals and groups

Strong organizational, leadership and customer service skills

Bilingual fluency a plus

This is a part time position, approximately 15-20 hours/week. Must be available to work weekends, evenings and and occasional holidays. Please submit your cover letter and resume along with a completed employment application form.

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Visitor Services (Stearns Wharf)

We currently have a part time Visitor Services position available at the Sea Center's admissions office and store. Our Visitor Services staff provides high quality and friendly service to visitors of the Sea Center, ensuring that they will have a pleasant experience.

We are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

Friendly manner with excellent communication skills
Ability to multi-task and process transactions quickly and effectively
Prior sales and customer service experience
Prior experience in handling cash and cash register equipment, including point of sale systems
Good computer skills
Bi-lingual skills preferred

Approximately 16 - 24 hours/week. Must be available to work weekends.

Please submit cover letter, resume and employment application form.

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This page was last updated on January 23, 2015



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