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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 must be submitted along with resume and cover letter when applying for an open position. Thank you for your interest in the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

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To apply for a listed position, send your resume and application with a cover letter (indicating position of interest) to: hr@sbnature2.org

It is highly preferable that you submit all required documents via email in PDF; alternatively you may:

Fax to: 805-569-0937 Attn: HR (unless position indicates email transmission only)

Please do not submit hard copy (paper) documents.


Visitor Services Assistant (Sea Center) 

The SBMNH Sea Center (located on the wharf) is looking for a part-time Visitor Services assistant who will be responsible for working at the Sea Center’s retail store, admissions desk and various other visitor services posts. This person must conduct herself/himself in a professional, friendly and proactive manner.

The Visitor Services Assistant must present a consistently professional, friendly, and enthusiastic demeanor in all dealings with visitors, trustees, donors, and vendors, both on the phone and in person. This position is required to proactively interact with the general public, including greeting and welcoming visitors, answering questions, providing information about the Sea Center and its exhibits and programs and providing information about the Museum’s Mission Canyon Campus as well as the wharf and Santa Barbara in general.

Candidates must possess exceptional customer service skills and have the ability to work effectively with the general public and with a diverse visitor population, including children. Candidates must be organized, friendly and punctual.

Please view the Job Description below before applying.

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Sea Center Interpreter

The Sea Center (located on Santa Barbara's wharf) Interpreter (part-time)oversees day to day operations of exhibit areas at the Sea Center, including ensuring adequate exhibit staffing, monitoring exhibits, assisting with volunteer supervision and training, ensuring quality customer service, ensuring cleanliness standards, and monitoring safety issues. Serves as interpreter at exhibits and interacts with visitors. Assists with developing and running programs and works collaboratively with all Sea Center staff to achieve overall Sea Center objectives.

The Interpreter delivers outstanding dynamic educational experiences, exhibit interpretation, and programs for general visitors and specific audiences and provides top-notch customer service in all contact with external and internal patrons.

Candidates for this position must possess excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with varied individuals and groups; must possess strong organizational and leadership skills, with proven track record as an effective team member. Additionally, candidates must have excellent customer service skills, the ability to speak in public and organize presentations, be available to work weekends, evenings, and occasional holidays. A background in marine science and MS Office skills are required and bilingual fluency a plus. 

Please view the Job Description before applying.

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Sales and Visitor Services Associate (Mission Creek Location)

Our summer exhibit " A T. rex Named Sue" opens on May 28th. We are seeking an enthusiastic sales associate to work in the gift shop and help at our front desk. Various shifts are available Sunday through Saturday until the exhibit closes on September 11.  Responsibilities include interacting with guests, assisting with purchases, stocking merchandise and cashiering. Our ideal candidate will have prior retail and cashiering experience, be responsible, personable, self-motivated and customer service oriented. Sales Associates should enjoy answering questions and providing a positive visitor experience.

This is a temporary, part-time position.  Once the exhibit closes there may be an opportunity for the right candidate to continue their employment on a part-time basis in our Museum gift store or as one of our Visitor Services Representatives.

Please submit a cover letter, application form and resume.

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Summer Camp Instructors

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

Summer camps schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 8 - Friday June 10, Training
Camps begin Monday, June 13 and end Friday, August 19.
Each week, camps run Monday through Friday and instructors must be available from 8AM -5PM on those days.

Additional training time may be added before camps begin.

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. 

Please read the Job Description to ensure that you can perform the Specific Responsibilites and posses the Essential Requirements for this position.

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School & Teacher Services Specialist

We are looking for an STS Specialist (part-time, 20 hours per week) to join our Education department, under the direction of our School and Teacher Services Manager. The STS Specialist serves as the registrar for teachers booking school programs, non-school program group bookings and Docent led tour reservations. Responsibilities include maintaining the booking database, creating reports, and disseminating information. The STS Specialist also supports the STS Manager in learning, promoting and maintaining materials for the STS programs, and may be expected to facilitate and teach school programs on an occasional as-needed basis. This may require coming in for morning shifts. 

As an active part of the School and Teacher Services Department, the Specialist will also support and attend the monthly Docent Education programs. 

Candidates for this position must: posses excellent computer skills and interpersonal communication skills; have a calm and clear style of communication on the phone; be available Monday through Friday from 1pm through 5pm with flexibility to switch to morning shifts as needed; represent the musuem in a professional and positive manner when interacting with staff, volunteers/docents and the public.

Please read the Job Description to ensure that you can perform the Specific Responsibilites and posses the Essential Requirements for this position.

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Pavilion Assistants

Pavilion Assistants support the Pavilion Manager and Assistant Manager and the Butterfly Team in a variety of ways including: engaging visitors in Pavilion; intake of pupae; maintaining emergence chamber; transporting and releasing emerged butterflies, conducting after-hours Pavilion plant care; providing relief shifts to volunteers and Pavilion Attendants.  They play an important role in interacting with visitors and making it a rewarding and informative experience for the public.

These positions exist from May 19 through September 6. The Pavilion Assistants must be prompt and reliable and work collaboratively as well as independently.  Excellent interpersonal skills are needed.  Regular shifts are available from 12-6 daily and candidates must also be able to work one ongoing weekend shift and at least four after-hours event.

Please submit cover letter, application form, and resume.

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Pavilion Attendants

Pavilion Attendants interact with visitors personably; they welcome visitors to the Pavilion, control the flow of visitors, and provide information about the exhibit and Museum in general.  They orient school groups and other parties and inform all visitors of the Pavilion guidelines.  They assist as required with other Pavilion needs such as volunteer rotation schedules, Pavilion maintenance and protocols.

These positions exist from May 19 through September 6. The Pavilion Attendants must be prompt and reliable, with strong communication skills, friendly, outgoing and good-humored demeanor, skilled at interacting with public.  Customer service experience is useful. Several four-hour (approximately) shifts are available.

       Please submit cover letter, application form, and resume.

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Development Officer – Foundation & Corporate Relations

We are seeking an experienced Development Officer to support the development efforts of the Museum’s Board, the Development Committee, and the Director of Development. This position is accountable for the successful organization and execution of all activities associated with Foundations and Corporate Relations including the research, proposal preparation, cultivation activities, stewardship reports, and maintenance of the Raiser’s Edge donor database and files. This activity will support both the Centennial Campaign and operating budgets of the Museum.

Among other duties, this key position writes foundation grants and sponsorship proposals, cultivates relationships with the corporate community and solicits corporate sponsorship of Museum exhibits and programs, coordinates communications with funding sources, researches prospects for grants and sponsorships, tracks all activity in Raiser’s Edge.

The ideal candidate will have at least five years’ experience in a deadline oriented development department with a history of increasing responsibility, success in writing grants and/or proposals, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, excellent database skills, and be a highly organized, poised, and motivated self-starter.

This is a full time position with benefits, reporting to the Director of Development.

Please submit: cover letter, resume, application form.

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Development Officer: Legacy Giving

The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is looking for a full-time development officer focused on planned giving. Candidates should have a strong background in development, with proven experience in cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding prospects and donors. They must be capable of conducting prospect research and of designing and implementing marketing plans. The Planned Giving Officer will work under the direction of the Director of Development, work closely with the Museum’s President/CEO, and coordinate with colleagues on the development team focused on membership sales, annual gifts, major gifts, and capital gifts.

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree, strong written and oral communications skills, excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, and commitment to team work.

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Facilities Manager

We are looking for a full-time Facilities Manager to join our team!

This full-time position is required to be available for evening and weekend events. The Facilities Manager manages and assists in the completion of day-to-day activities involving the maintenance of the facilities of the Museum, including the buildings and grounds of the Mission Creek campus, museum vehicles and all other equipment as well as the physical set up for events, programs and the general operations of the Museum. This is a hands-on position requiring knowledge of general facility repair and maintenance and a willingness to move tables, chairs and equipment for various set ups and clean facilities as needed. This position reports to our Director of Facilities. 

REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS POSITION

Experience
To be considered for this position, applicants MUST have at least three years of supervisory experience, experience in large facility maintenance, ability to work in a team environment, be comfortable working around the general public, have experience in operating electric transport cart, hand truck, tractor, forklift, scissor lift, leaf blower, roto-tiller, soil compactor, cement mixer, possess good auditory skills and possess good vision including acuity, depth perception, color vision.

Skills
Applicants must be proficient in verbal and written communication, be able to make decisions, take initiative and lead a team. Applicants must also be organized, able to problem solve, and be results driven. This position must be able to effectively manage people. The Facilities Manager manages direct reports and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of employees within the Facilities Department. 

Before applying, please review our Job Description (link below) and verify that your skills, experience and qualifications are in line with this position.

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Assistant Bookkeeper

We are seeking an Assistant Bookkeeper to join our Administration Team! This position will be responsible for administering A/P, A/R, excel spreadsheets and reconciliations. 

This position will report to our Accounting Manager. This a part-time position, at 20 hours per week. This position is eligible to join our retirement plan with eventual matching benefits, and is a eligible for paid sick leave benefits. 

Responsibilities include:

Process all accounts payable invoices
Process credit card charges and refunds
Maintain credit card records
Count and reconcile income from cash registers, Museum and Sea Center
Maintain and ensure appropriate backup for all deposits/incoming monies
Update Excel spreadsheets
A/P and journal entry filing
Assist as a backup for Payroll entry
Record and clear banking activity
Maintain a clean work environment
Perform additional bookkeeping related duties as assigned  

Essential Requirements:

Experience in bookkeeping
Working knowledge of computerized accounting programs
Excellent attention to detail
Strong mathematical skills
Good communication skills (verbal & written)

Experience with payroll processing is a plus.

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Membership Assistant (Temporary, Part-time)

The Membership Assistant is responsible for membership processing, member relations, office administration and supporting of the membership functions of the SBMNH.

This part-time and temporary position will span approximately from the first week of June through the second week of August. 

This position manages processing of all new and renewing membership applications and follows strict accounting procedures; maintains the membership database ensuring protocols for entering and maintaining information are consistently followed; reconciles membership revenue; prints and mails membership cards and other materials; provides staff support to membership and fundraising campaigns; maintains inventory of printed materials and office supplies; assists with the organization and implementation of membership events and activities including member outreach tables; assists with production and proofing of invitations and direct mail pieces; represents Museum to prospective members and responds to member administrative needs such as new cards and name or address changes; other responsibilities as assigned.

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