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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: hr@sbnature2.orgIt is highly preferable that you submit all required documents via email in PDF; 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

 

Spring Camp Instructors
 

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

Spring camps schedule is as follows:
Friday, March 25th: 1-5pm Training
Monday, March 28th  – Friday, April 1st: 8:15am – 4:15pm

Qualified candidates will have experience in leading, teaching and assisting informal educational programs. They will also have excellent communication skills, be self-motivated, dependable and energetic. Must have the ability to work unsupervised and enjoy interacting with children. Positions for lead instructors, assistant instructors, and extended day instructors are available at the Mission Canyon campus of the Museum and the Sea Center. 

We also have occasional need for substitute instructors for camps as well as for after school programs during the school year.
 

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Camp Assistant

The Camp Assistant is a seasonal position that assists the Nature Adventures Manager in day to day operations of camps. This person supports camps by assisting with the organizational aspects, clean-up and set-up prior to and after camp seasons. 

The 2016 schedule for the Camp Assistant is: 
March 21 - April 21
June 13-August 26
December 14-January 5, 2017
Schedule during periods of work will be 20-40 hours depending on programs' needs.
Additional days added as needed.

 

Responsibilities include:

Works closely with NA Manager to ensure consistency of NA Programs
Supports NA Camps and Classes at Mission Canyon Campus and Sea Center 
Acts as a point of contact for guardians and visiting camp participants both in-camp (drop off, during program and pick-up) and out of camp (by phone and email)
Supports Instructors during NA Extended Day program (as needed) by being available before and after camp-programming.
Provides first aid to NA camp participants, and completes necessary incident reports (as needed)
Participates as an effective, responsible, and energetic team member.
Serves as back-up instructor when instructors and substitutes are unavailable
Enters evaluation data from current and past participants
Assists NA manager with logistics including updating OPAS (Online Pay Authorization System), generating camp reports, and completing pertinent paperwork.

Requirements include:

Proven success as a dynamic educator in environments such as the classroom, museum, camps or other applicable settings
Experience working and interacting with children, ages 4-12
Proven ability to provide excellent customer service in a flexible, highly demanding arena.
Must have a clean driving record; current valid CA driving license (21+ required)
Must clear DOJ (Department of Justice) Livescan fingerprinting requirements and background check.
Able to safely lift 30-50 pounds
Maintains a clean, professional appearance

Desired Qualifications and Skills:

Strong organizational and leadership skills, with proven track record as an effective team member
Excellent communication skills (verbal & written), MS Office skills, detail oriented 
Bilingual fluency, written and oral, a plus
Loves science, nature, and the outdoors
Does not mind being messy, chaotic, and noisy
Must have a positive attitude

Work Environment:

Frequent work in a classroom environment and work throughout the Museum and Sea Center facility
Daily contact and work with children and teens
Frequent work outdoors, as well as field trips in various natural environments
 

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Development Officer: Legacy Giving

This full‐time position is designed to support the development efforts of the Board, the Development Committee, and the Director of Development. It reports to the Director of Development. The major areas of accountability for this position are the successful organization and execution of the planned giving program. This position develops and maintains a portfolio of planned giving donors and prospects, conducts prospect research and analysis, develops and implements marketing plans, makes face‐to‐face asks, and provides stewardship for existing planned giving donors.

This position works closely with the Director of Development in planning and executing the planned giving program and in ensuring good integration of the program into the Museum’s overall development efforts. The position is accountable for stewarding donors and prospects into deeper levels of connection to and relationship with the Museum.

Specific goals are to be agreed upon between Legacy Giving Development Officer and Director of Development.

Responsibilities include:

Identify, cultivate, and solicit current and prospective planned giving donors through face‐to face visits, calls, emails, and other written communications.
Develop a portfolio of planned gift prospects from the donor database.
Implement Charitable Gift Annuity program.
Prepare monthly and quarterly reports as necessary.
Steward existing members of the Mission Creek Legacy Society, our planned giving recognition society, to confirm and increase their commitments to the Museum.
Collaborate with the President & CEO, the Director of Development, and other development staff to advance fundraising efforts.
Create marketing materials and marketing plans.
Publishes a planned giving newsletter and updates the planned giving web site as needed.
Create donor stewardship materials.
Network with other organizations to provide benchmarking and share ideas.
Plan, implement, and monitor annual goals, growth, and opportunities.
Work with the Development Associate to input donor information and contacts and develop a database tracking system to monitor prospect management and stewardship efforts.
Attend meetings, conferences, seminars, and special training sessions (when appropriate and within the budgetary limits).
Monitor professional literature to remain current in the planned giving field
Conduct general donor correspondence via mail, fax, telephone, and e‐mail and conduct appropriate follow‐up correspondence.
Maintain relationship with donors through correspondence, e‐mail, telephone, etc.

Additional Functions:

Attends volunteer and staff meetings, as needed or as assigned
Attends Museum events, as needed or as assigned
Attends Development Committee meetings of the Board of Trustees, as needed or as assigned
Utilizes Raisers Edge database, spreadsheets, and written documents to produce standard and ad hoc reports which are used to chart progress to goals and for planning
Contributes to writing and production of a donor newsletter
Works with other members of the fund raising team to create and implement annual plan to reach targeted fund raising goals
Provides additional management support to the Museum’s development efforts, represents the Museum at conferences and events, and performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Development

Essential Requirements:

Working knowledge of estate planning strategies and tax treatments (e.g. trusts, charitable gift annuities, and life insurance)
Working knowledge of major giving strategies
Passion for the Museum’s mission
Communication skills‐ +proven ability to communicate effectively in writing and in person
Good interpersonal skills and ability to appropriately manage sensitive and confidential information
Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
Bachelor’s Degree
Must have access to reliable transportation and be available for contact by cell phone
Must maintain a professional appearance

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Marketing Associate

We are looking for a full-time, motivated and detail oriented Marketing Associate to join our Marketing & Communications Department. This person will be responsible for the successful implementation and maintenance of the marketing communications program and the maintenance of the organization’s image and voice.  This position will coordinate the internal and external communications and promotions including but not limited to: collateral development, e-marketing, public and media relations, social networking, and market research. Candidates must have working knowledge of advertising, marketing, public relations, and social networking. This person must be able to work independently and with a team, and communicate with multiple departments, trustees, volunteers, and vendors. Candidate must have demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing priorities.

Responsibilities include:                                                                                   

Implementation of marketing campaigns, including positioning, campaign strategies, and market insights
Development of branding, advertising, and promotional collateral
Develop and maintain a PR Plan in conjunction with Marketing Communications Plan to reinforce efforts to raise and maintain the profile and community awareness of the Museum
Research, write and timely distribute all press materials and serve as media liaison to ensure the Museum’s interface with the media is professional, credible and consistent
Review attributes of the Museum and prepare list of possible story angles for use in pro-active media relations efforts.
Serve as primary liaison for media relations (editorial, sales, and sponsors) and outside filming and photography requests
Track daily media coverage to update "All Staff" as needed and develop clip reports for archiving
Manage the publishing of programs, exhibits, and events on the Museum's online calendar and key community calendars
Work with Sr. Designer to produce and distribute all promotional collateral, signage, and digital marketing initiatives
Join the Marketing Team as the Social Media Lead, an authorized website publisher, and photographer
Maintain professional aptitude by staying abreast of local happenings, staying up-to-date on new and innovative media opportunities, and joining  professional associations
Stay abreast of local community events and promotions (i.e. exhibitions, educational science programs, food & wine festivals, art shows, shopping experiences, non-profit galas, etc.)
Coordinate with fellow local cultural attractions to avoid scheduling competing events on the same day/weekend.
Experience in graphic design, web content management, e-marketing is a plus.
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and basic HTML, with above-average knowledge of Photoshop and InDesign and Illustrator is a huge plus.
Other duties as assigned.

Essential Requirements:

College degree or vocational certification in marketing and communications or three years equivalent working experience. 
Advanced user of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with an understanding of customer service.
Excellent attention to detail.
Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
Must be a team player. 

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Please click here for Job Description

 

Visitor Services

We are looking for a friendly, outgoing individual to join our Visitor Services department part-time. This position is responsible for working at the Museum's retail store, Visitor Service desk and other Visitor Services posts throughout the Museum.

This is a weekend position so you must have open availability both Saturday and Sunday. There may be a possibility of other shifts though you will remain a primarily weekend employee.

Responsibilities include:

Interacting with the general public including greeting and welcoming visitors, answering questions and providing information about the Museum and its exhibits and programs, promoting visitorship to the museum and acting as a Museum representative at various exhibit posts
Fielding incoming telephone calls including routing calls and taking messages
Collecting admissions fees and selling memberships
Distributing mail, facsimiles and packages to staff mail boxes and/or alerting staff to pick-up their deliveries
Oversee and operate postage meter and copy machine
Supporting other Museum departments with light clerical duties as assigned
Possesses a professional demeanor in dealing with visitors, trustees, donors, and vendors on the phone and in person
Interact with customers shopping in the Museum store to ensure the customers are served including answering questions, assisting them with purchases, cashiering and welcoming their return
Ensure the retail store displays are maintained by cleaning and straightening merchandise
Assist with receiving new merchandise by pricing and stocking

Essential Requirements:

Some general office and/or sales or customer service experience
Strong communication skills (verbal & written)
Strong organizational skills including an excellent ability to handle multiple tasks
Comfortable interacting with the public
Able to work independently
Able to maintain a high level of confidentiality in all areas of work
Dependable and punctual
Comfortable working in various work environments including outdoors

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Exhibit Designer (Maximus Gallery)

Please note, to apply for this position you must send all required materials via email to hr@sbnature2.org. PDF is preferred.

The Exhibit Designer is responsible for the design and installation of exhibits in the Maximus Gallery. This position is also responsible for the design of all graphics for the department. While we are looking for a candidate with graphic design skills, we are also seeking much more than that: a candidate who is truly interested in what we do and who possesses all the other required skills. Please visit the Maximus Gallery website to learn more.

Responsibilities include: 

Graphic Design and Production

Design invitations, text panels and didactics
Layout gallery publications, and see through the printing process
Design posters, brochures, banners, catalogs
Product development

Exhibit Design and Production

Collaborate with curator on exhibit concept, layout and design in order to maintain Maximus Gallery esthetic
Install graphic panels and vinyl
Fabricate mounts and install collection specimens
Measure and cut mats for antique prints and attach artwork
Make book mounts for display of bound works
Tech savvy-update Maximus page on website
Photograph prints for database
Supervise Hearst Intern re: putting inputting images to database & touch screen
Safely wrap and send prints for conservation
Work with printers and suppliers sending digital files for gallery panels etc.

Support the Exhibits Department at large as needed.

Other duties as assigned by curator.

Requirements include:

In Design, Adobe Photoshop; Graphic design skills; Knowledge of museum standards and practices in regards to art collection; Demonstrated ability in designing and mounting exhibits in a gallery or museum setting or related environments; Creative and artistic design solutions ability.

Preferred skills include:

Knowledge of museum standards and practices in regards to archival materials
Knowledge of conservation relating to antique works on paper

Please click here for Application Form

Please click here for Job Description

 

This page was last updated on February 5,2016

 

 

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