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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.

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.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.
 


 

Temporary Part Time Facilities Technician (Project Basis)

Position Summary: 

Part of a pool of qualified temporary employees to assist the Facilities Department on a project-by-project basis as needed.  Examples of projects include painting of exhibition walls, assembly of furniture, moving of offices, campus clean-up projects, shelving projects, set-up and strike of large public events. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Under direct supervision provide labor and skills for occasional special projects scheduled and managed by the Facilities Manager as needed.

  • Tasks include general carpentry, woodworking, cutting lumber, painting, assembly, general labor throughout the Museum.

  • Provide labor to set-up, break down and parking support of large public events scheduled at the museum over the course of the year.

  • Assist in demolition and rebuilding projects such as the Dibblee Map Collection, requiring interaction with facilities and other department staff in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Ensures work areas are clean and clear of clutter consistent with Museum and Facility operations and safety procedures.

Essential Requirements:

  • Frequent standing, walking, bending, sitting, climbing (stairs), and lifting of moderate to heavy

    Manual dexterity, general carpentry skills, general constructions, painting & working with/operating small tools, equipment and machinery.

  • Able to follow specific directions and work with a team of individuals.

  • Good auditory skills and hearing. Good vision including acuity and depth perception.< >ble to safely operate electric utility vehicle. (Must have a valid CA driver’s license.)
  • Experience in general assembly of furniture, shelving systems highly desirable
  • Must be available on a flexible basis as needed. 

Work Environment:

  • Depending on the project, work may occur outside or inside of public spaces, research labs, galleries and collection facilities, metal/wood shop or grounds.

  • Frequently involves long periods of Standing, moving heavy material supplies, using shop equipment.

  • Air may be dusty or filled with particles.Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) provided and should be used.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application


Astronomy Programs Presenter


Position Summary:  The Astronomy Programs Presenter is responsible for leading public Planetarium and Observatory presentations on (a) select weekend day(s) and on other assigned substitution days. The role may also assist the Astronomy Programs Manager with school planetarium presentations and overall department logistics as needed.

 Specific Responsibilities:

  • Gives public planetarium presentations at specific times on weekends (10:00AM-4:00PM every Saturday or Sunday; to be determined).
  • Give public observatory presentations at specific times on weekends (Saturdays). (10:00AM-4:00PM every Saturday or Sunday; to be determined).
  • Learn and co-facilitate astronomy based school programs (select weekdays as needed).
  • Performs maintenance on Planetarium equipment (as assigned) and physical environment.
  • Performs maintenance on Observatory (as assigned).
  • Supervises Planetarium volunteers when needed.Substitutes for Planetarium volunteers or other staff. Assists with Astronomy Department special events.

 Required Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of astronomy.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Ability to interact with the general public and different age groups.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience developing curriculum and teaching astronomy to a variety of age groups.
  • Experience operating a Planetarium and/software programming.
  • Fluent in Spanish.

Work Environment:

  • Frequent work in Museum’s Gladwin Planetarium and Palmer Observatory.
  • Weekend work (Saturdays)
  • Significant sitting, standing, walking
  • Occasional lifting of moderate loads (25 lbs.)
  • 20/20 corrected eyesight
  • Significant computer work

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application

 


Nature Adventures Camp Instructor (March 23- 30th)

Position Summary:  The Camp/Class Instructor will work with the Nature Adventures Manager and other lead and assistant instructors in science programs for children ages 4-14 at the Museum and at the Sea Center.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work with Nature Adventures Manager, other lead instructors, and assistant instructors.Interface with parents during check-in and checkout periods.Be prepared for camp by reading the curricula and prepping pertinent supplies.
  • Teach and facilitate camp activities ranging in a variety of natural history and science-based subjects.Breakdown and organize supplies at the close of each camp day.
  • Work with Counselors-in-Training (youth volunteers ages 13-17) to help support camps. Provides feedback and recommendations for CITs to Nature Adventures Manager and/or Assistant.
  • Maintain appropriate control of class during sessions.Supervise the assistant instructors during sessions.Supervise, manage, and teach group activities.

Other duties as needed

Essential Requirements:

  • Experience in leading classroom based informal educational programs or related work
  • Strong organizational, leadership and communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to work unsupervised, self-motivated, creative, and dependable

Work Environment:

  • Standard educational classroom environment
  • Outdoor environment, including creek and trail exploration
  • Some hiking Lifting, up to 30 lbs.
  • Frequent standing, walking, bending, kneeling, squatting

 

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application


Sea Center Interpreter - Part-time

Position Summary:  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.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Delivers outstanding dynamic educational experiences, exhibit interpretation, and programs for general visitors and specific audiences.
  • Provides top-notch customer service in all contact with external and internal patrons.
  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive knowledge of marine science content and the best practices of science education teaching in the formal and informal education fields.
  • Works in conjunction with the Volunteer & Interpretation Manager to ensure adequate volunteer staffing of the Sea Center.
  • Communicates policies, procedures, standards of service and general information to all volunteers, including orienting new volunteers to these policies.
  • Creates training materials and trains volunteers during shifts and in evening hours.
  • Helps staff Sea Center booths at career and volunteer fairs.
  • Works with the Program Coordinator to implement, evaluate, and refine programs.
  • Works with the Education Coordinator to ensure all formal school groups are provided an excellent experience.
  • Works with the Aquarist to assist with Aquarist duties.
  • Participates as an effective, responsible, and energetic team member.
  • Maintains safe and clean exhibits, programs, and work space.
  • Assists with other Sea Center needs and duties, as assigned.

Essential Requirements:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with varied individuals and groups; Ability to speak in public and organize presentations; Excellent customer service skills
  • Strong organizational and leadership skills, with proven track record as an effective team member
  • Available to work weekends, evenings, and occasional holidays
  • Background in marine science; MS Office skills;
  • Bilingual fluency a plus
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending and climbing stairs with occasional lifting of light loads (10 lbs)

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application


Sea Center Visitor Services Coordinator

Position Summary

Visitor Services Coordinator will oversee day to day operations of admissions desk, retail store, and facility rental opportunities; including daily opening and closing procedures for all monetary transactions; ensuring high quality customer service, and works collaboratively with all Sea Center and Museum staff to achieve overall Sea Center objectives.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Communicate policies, procedures, standards of service and general information in a consistently professional, friendly and enthusiastic demeanor in all dealings with visitors, trustees, donors, and vendors, both on the phone and in person.

  • Managing the collection admissions fees from individuals and groups, selling memberships, process coordination of membership forms and packets; work with Museum Membership management to stay abreast of current packages and promotions and communicates same to Sea Center staff to support membership goal.

  • Follow daily opening and closing procedures for all monetary transactions, closing daily batches, accountability in money collections, appropriate cash drawer totals for all front desk registers

  • Utilize TAM retail point of sale systems, train SC staff to use front desk register and point of sale systems and responsible for data integrity of entries.

  • Assist customers in the Sea Center Store, including answering questions, assisting with purchases, cashiering, restocking of inventory, and promoting a positive guest experience.

  • Promote efficient operation of the Sea Center Store, including straightening and stocking merchandise; ensuring that the sales area and retail displays are kept clean; monitoring store inventory; and being well-organized in dealing with multiple customer needs and requests.

  • Lead coordination of the Sea Center Birthday Party program (30-40/year), including answering questions, taking reservations, taking payments, sending of confirmations, scheduling on calendar and notifying SC staff of upcoming birthdays, birthday party setup and cleanup.

  • Lead coordination of the Sea Center Event Rental programs (6-10/year), including answering questions, providing tours and walk through opportunities, taking reservations, taking payments, sending of confirmations, scheduling on calendar and notifying SC staff of upcoming events, monitoring event setup, event logistics and cleanup.

  • Monitor Sea Center facilities, both inside and outside, for unsafe or potentially hazardous conditions, and for any other conditions that may require maintenance or repair, and notifying the appropriate Sea Center Staff of any such conditions.

  • Monitor the flow of visitors into, and out of, the Sea Center, and notifying appropriate staff of any inappropriate or unsafe activities.

  • Proactively interacting with the general public, including greeting and welcoming visitors; answering questions; providing information about the Sea Center and its exhibits and programs; providing information about the Museum’s Mission Canyon Campus; giving directions; acting as a Sea Center representative at various posts; providing general information about Stearns Wharf, the Waterfront, and Santa Barbara; and dealing diplomatically with visitor complaints and complaint response.

  • Supporting Sea Center staff with light clerical duties as assigned, including filing, photocopying, and document assembly; operating copy machine, facsimile, and other office equipment; Sorting and distributing mail, facsimiles, and packages to staff mail boxes, and/or alerting staff to pick up their deliveries.

  • Assist Sea Center staff in keeping the Sea Center facility and workspaces clean and clear of clutter/trash or debris, including public areas. Participates as an effective, responsible, and energetic team member. Assists with other duties and projects as required

    Essential Requirements:

  • High School diplomaand 2 years related sales and retail experience with a basic knowledge of marine science required.

  • Strong organizational and leadership skills, ability to multitask with proven track record as an effective team member.

 

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.
Click here for Museum Application


 

Sea Center Interpretation Coordinator

Position Summary:  Under the direction of the SC Volunteer Manager, provide leadership, training and supervision to all part time interpreters and volunteers in support of the goals and objectives of the Sea Center.  Assist in overseeing of day to day operations of exhibit areas at the Sea Center, including ensuring adequate exhibit staffing and monitoring exhibits.  Ensure the highest quality customer service is maintained by staff.  Assists with developing and running programs and works collaboratively with all Sea Center staff to achieve overall Sea Center objectives.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Communicate policies, procedures, performance and safety standards and general information to all interpreters and assist them in orienting staff to new processes and direction. Coordinate and implement on-going training and professional development.

  • Look for new ways to engage and motivate staff, create learning opportunities and research projects for staff development. Use best practices for interpreters to evaluate, provide feedback and scaffolding opportunities for current volunteers

  • Support SC Volunteer Manager in creation and implementation of volunteer orientation, advance trainings, and advance volunteer opportunities for SC Volunteers. Assists Interpreters to ensure adequate volunteer staffing of the Sea Center.

  • Participates as an effective, responsible, and energetic team member.Delivers dynamic educational experiences, exhibit interpretation, programs for general visitors and specific audiences, and provides top-notch customer service.Instill in all Interpreters professionalism, respectful communications and a visitor centric focus.

  • Develops and maintains a comprehensive knowledge of marine science content and the best practices of science education teaching in both formal and informal education fields. Assists in collection and evaluation of Sea Center guest experiences, compiles evaluation data, and presents written and oral reports.

  • Supports Sea Center team with programs, special events, care of animals, exhibit cleanliness, opening/closing procedures, covering VS lunch breaks once a week. Looks for opportunities to refine, improve and refresh programs.

  • Helps staff offsite educational, outreach and recruitment booths.

  • Ensures staff keeps workspace clean and clear of clutter consistent with SC performance and safety procedures.

  • Assists with other Sea Center needs and duties as assigned by SC Volunteer Manager and SC Senior Operations Manager.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science and 2 years related experience.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to interact with varied individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds and ages.

  • Strong organizational and leadership skills, with proven track record as an effective team member

  • Ability to speak in public and organize presentations; strong enthusiasm and interest in marine science

  • Available to work weekends, evenings and occasional holidays as needed

  • MS Office skills;

Preferred Requirements:

  • Bilingual fluency, written and oral, a plus

  • SCUBA certification, a plus

  • NAI (National Association Interpretation) Certification, a plus

Work Environment

  • Work throughout the Sea Center facility and site, including outdoors

  • Standard office environment with computer and telephone work (repetitive movement – typing)

  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, climbing stairs, and lifting moderate loads (10 pounds)

  • Daily contact with visitors

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume and completed application.

Click here for Museum Application


 


This page was last updated on 02/16/2018

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