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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 



Backyard Naturalist

We are seeking an individual with a passion for the natural world to fill our newly created position as Backyard Naturalist. The Backyard Naturalist’s primary responsibility will be to engage school groups, grades K-6, in Outdoor Nature Exploration (ONE) programming and in the Museum’s Club House and Backyard.

The selected candidate will work with the Education department to deliver successful nature education programs including working with School & Teacher Services, Nature Education, volunteers and docents to facilitate, evaluate and refine these programs.

Other responsibilities include acting as point of contact for guests to the Museum, assisting in answering and researching exhibit related and natural history focused questions, set-up, breakdown and housekeeping of all Nature Education based school & public programming, assisting in the maintenance of the Backyard and Clubhouse and working in the Museum’s Curiosity Lab on an as needed basis.

The successful applicant will have experience teaching and facilitating formal and informal education programs, knowledge of biological sciences or local natural history, a minimum of an Associate’s degree (or be working toward one) and experience working with the public, including children.  Candidates must have the ability to present effectively to a variety of audiences and have computer experience.

Applicant must be comfortable handling live animals and utilizing them to engage guests in the Club House. You will also be responsible for assisting the Animal Caretaker with their care.

This position is part-time; approximately 15 hours per week. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.

If interested, please submit your cover letter, resume and completed application form. Submissions received without the three required documents will not be considered. 

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Spring Camp Instructors

We are seeking experienced individuals to instruct 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 camp dates are March 27th - April 3rd.

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.

If interested, please submit your cover letter, resume, and completed application form. In order to be considered for the position, we must receive all the requested documents. 

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Office Assistant/Curatorial Assistant  

We are seeking a part-time Office and Curatorial assistant for the Museum’s Anthropology department. The ideal candidate will have office experience as well as a degree in anthropology or related field and/or experience in archaeology and artifact identification.

The primary function of the Office Assistant/Curatorial Assistant is to organize the Anthropology office and to provide assistance to the Curator of Anthropology. Specific responsibilities include:

Organize and file reports, correspondence, papers

Maintain and order department supplies and equipment

Participate in docent training

Respond to inquiries and requests for information by phone, mail, email or in person

Assist in bookkeeping functions including preparing invoices

Package and label materials for curation

Assist departmental guests and volunteers

Organize and file documentation associated with anthropological collections and research

Assist in arranging department tours, open houses, lectures and  meetings

Identify, organize, catalog and label a variety of archival, archaeological, and/or ethnographic materials and provide other assistance for projects undertaken under the auspices of the anthropology department

Applicants must have proficient computer skills, administrative experience, excellent written and verbal communications skills and be able to work with minimal supervision.  

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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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This page was last updated on February 20, 2015



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