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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:

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 (Main Campus)

Looking for a super fun summer job? Our summer exhibit "A T. rex Named SUE" is in full swing! We are seeking an enthusiastic, fun and motivated sale associate to work in the gift shop and help at our front desk. Come join a great team of people and become part of something special the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History!

Interacting with guests, assisting with purchases
Stocking merchandise

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. Candidates should be comfortable and familiar with working on computers. Applicants to this position must apply via email.

This is a temporary, part-time position. Various shifts are available Sunday through Saturday until the exhibit closes on September 11. Once the exhibit closes there may be an opportunity for the right candidate to continue employment on a part-time basis in our Museum gift store or as one of our Visitor Services Representatives.

To apply, you must submit cover letter, resume and completed museum application, all via email. Please view the Job Description below for details about the position.

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Community Education Manager

We are seeking a full-time (exempt, salaried) Community Education Manager (CEM) to join our Education Division. This position oversees the development, implementation, evaluation and promotion of a diverse roster of education programs for community members of all ages at both the Mission Creek campus and Sea Center.

Please note, for this position, we require all applicants to submit application materials via email. 

Among other duties, this position serves as the Department Head for Community Education and is responsible for the training, oversight and evaluation of the Community Education Sea Center Programs Coordinator in conjunction with Nature Adventures and Sea Center Managers. The CEM works with the Director of Education to design and implement the engagement strategy and program portfolio for the science & nature-based learning offered at the Museum and Sea Center, which may include lectures, films, classes and field trips, and family-focused festivals and weekly events at both campuses. The CEM generates drafts of programmatic promotional materials in advance of programs, working in collaboration with the Museum’s Marketing Department. This position also maintains strong professional relationships with community institutions and agencies to develop and implement new opportunities and forge alliances.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with children and adults in informal educational settings and experience developing and/or evaluating informal educational programs, particularly natural history or science programs, if possible. Applicants will have experience in planning and coordinating education-related events and be self-motivated, creative, and outgoing. Additionally, applicants should posses a background in natural history or science (Bachelor’s degree in science preferred), an awareness and interest in current events, particularly those pertaining to science and the environment (on local and global scales), experience recruiting, hiring and supervising educators or naturalists.

Additionally, candidates are required to posses excellent organizational, leadership and communication skills, a working knowledge of computer software including desktop publishing programs and Microsoft Outlook,
proficiency in planning and multi-tasking a wide variety of programs and an ability to interact with a variety of different groups.

Candidates must have the ability to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule and be able to work flexible hours and days. Occasionally, position includes Sundays, Mondays, and holidays.

Please review the entire Job Description below to ensure that you have the experience and qualifications before applying.

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Visitor Services Assistant (Sea Center)

Come join our team, have fun and make a difference! The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center (located on Stearns Wharf) is looking for a Visitor Services Assistant (part-time) 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, 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.

This is a regular, part-time position with hours that will vary, approximately 20 hours per week to start. Must have a flexible schedule.

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Exhibit Interpreter (Sea Center)

The SBMNH Sea Center (located on Stearns Wharf) is looking for an Interpreter. This position 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.

A focus of this position will be assisting with developing and running programs and working collaboratively with Sea Center staff on group education. This is a regular, part-time position with a set schedule. Applicants must be willing to commit to the following schedule: Monday-Friday, 9AM-1PM each weekday.

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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This page was last updated on July 26, 2016



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