Employment

Available Positions

Accountant
Security Officer
Museum Educator
Reservation Coordinator
E
xhibit Technician

The San Diego Natural History Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Accountant (Full-Time, Regular)

Under the supervision of the Controller, maintains financial reports, records, and general ledgers. Research accounting variances, ensure compliance with accounting procedures, and help create efficiencies within the accounting department.

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist Controller with daily, monthly, and year-end operations of the accounting department
  • Prepare general ledger journal entries and account reconciliations
  • Analyze transactions, explain variances, prepare schedules, and provide support for annual financial audit, 990 filings, and budgets
  • Assist with accounts receivables, accounts payables and cash deposits
  • Maintain fixed asset depreciation schedule
  • Prepare monthly financial reports for museum managers
  • Provide accounting support for other job duties as assigned

CANDIDATE PROFILE:

  • Bachelor Degree in accounting from four-year college or university
  • Minimum of five years of related experience
  • Knowledge of Blackbaud’s Financial Edge accounting software or Sage MAS90
  • Strong general ledger and fund accounting experience, with excellent knowledge of GAAP
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to insure compliance with internal policies and procedures.
  • Strong knowledge of Excel and other analytical tools.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

Qualified applicants, please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations to igarcia@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop in visits.

Security Officer(s) - Unarmed, Uniformed (Part-Time, Regular)

We are seeking enthusiastic and friendly part time security officers to make sure our Museum, guests and employees are safe. This is not an entry-level security officer position. Applicant should have two to five years solid security experience, preferably in a cultural institution setting.

Related military service and/or previous law enforcement experience will be considered in part to satisfy this requirement.

Applicant must:

 * Possess a valid California Guard Card and current First-Aid/CPR certification; these certifications must be kept current for the duration of employment.

Weekends, holidays, and some evenings are required.

Additional on-site, exhibit-specific training will be provided. Uniforms and uniform maintenance will also be provided.

Qualified applicants, please send your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to igarcia@sdnhm.org

Museum Educator (Part-Time, Regular)

The Museum Educator will provide dynamic mission driven education programs and public programs to grades K-12 using an interactive, engaging, participatory style reflecting inquiry-based teaching methods and supporting the unique curatorial voice of the NAT.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

The Museum Educator will primarily facilitate hands-on classes at school sites and occasionally, hands-on classes at the Museum. Primary concentration will be on education programs for school groups. In addition, he/she will participate in public programs and will provide instruction for winter, spring, and/or summer camps. This is a Part time position.

Duties include:

  • Primary focus will be to facilitate the Museum’s natural science program offerings. Museum Educator should expect to facilitate and participate in a wide variety of education and/or public programs fitting with our mission and the Museum’s collection. Additional programming includes but is not limited to, camps, family days, birthday parties and public outreach events.
  • Museum Educator may be asked to design, develop, update, and/or evaluate current education programs or curriculum
  • Inspire students in a positive and engaging manner to create a dialog among students
  • Establish and maintain a professional rapport with classroom teachers, school staff, and Museum staff
  • Represent oneself and the Museum in a professional, respectful, and courteous manner
  • Maintain a safe environment in classrooms, offices, exhibitions, and education facilities
  • Preparation, instruction, and clean-up of any rooms and/or material used during education programs
  • Communicate any restocking and/or updating that may be needed in any of the hands-on kits to appropriate staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Education, Environmental Science, or a related field
  • 2-3 years of related experience working in a public setting or informal education organization is preferred
  • Background working in a public setting – implementing programs with children and adults
  • Experience teaching elementary and/or middle school formal or informal classes preferred
  • Demonstrated handling of oneself in a professional manner
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish a plus
  • Knowledge of current MS Office applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Working knowledge of Promethean or Smart Boards a plus
  • Ability to climb stairs, stand upwards for several hours at a time, lift up to 30 pounds frequently, work and/or type at a desk for several hours at a time
  • Current driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes a minimum of two weekdays each week, and weekends as need
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and in a collaborative environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email “ME Application- YOUR LAST NAME.FIRST INITIAL” (example: ME Application-Smith. P.) No phone calls or drop ins please.

 

Reservation Coordinator (Full-Time, Regular)

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking an experienced Reservation Coordinator. He/she will be responsible for public group reservations and public program registrations as well as school group reservations. He/she ensures that each group and individual contacting the Museum receives a stellar customer service experience and their reservation is handled in an efficient manner.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Respond to each group’s inquiry swiftly and ensure that confirmation materials and visit details are accurate
  • Process sales and reservations for school group visits (in-Museum and outreach), public group visits, public programs (such as camp), and birthday parties
  • Update and manage school and group sales collateral with new information and pricing
  • Maintain Group Sales calendars and inform Museum staff members of visits that affect their department
  • Manage Group Sales invoices and reimbursements
  • Answer the Museum’s Customer Service phone line and email
  • Process camp registration forms and attend check-in for the first day of week-long camps (Summer) and each day for single-day camps (Winter Break and Spring Break)
  • Provide additional administrative support as needed with a variety of tasks.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3+ years of customer service experience
  • College degree or equivalent experience
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience with a database driven CRM and POS
  • Patrons Edge/Altru or other ticketing software experience preferred
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong math aptitude
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Comfortable with public speaking and leading a small group
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests and customer service situations
  • Museum and/or call center experience preferred

Please send resume and cover letter to hr@sdnhm.org.  No phone calls or drop-ins please.

Exhibit Technician (Full-Time, Temporary)

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for a passionate mission supporting and natural history loving individual to change out of exhibit elements from gallery (cases, components, vinyl, panels, etc.); construct and assemble exhibit components and furnishings as directed by the Manager of Traveling Exhibitions. This is a full-time temporary position from January 3, 2017 to February 23, 2017.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Patching and painting
  • De-installation and installation of artifacts and exhibit components including but not limited to, walls, floors, cases, text panels, photographic murals, vinyl wall graphics, and artifact mounts
  • Coordinate and cooperate with in-house staff, contractors, other temporary help, and vendors to meet exhibit deadlines
  • Change and arrange exhibit lighting
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation
  • Display excellent communication skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience in carpentry and/or exhibit production with two years in Museum environment preferred.
  • Must be highly skilled in use and care of hand and power tools, and working with a variety of materials – wood, glass, plastic, paint, and adhesives
  • Knowledge of appropriate methods of exhibiting museum artifacts, including mounts and lighting required
  • Must be familiar with construction and material standards to produce exhibits that ensure safe, secure, and appropriate environment for visitors and artifacts
  • Able to lift or move up to 50 pounds
  • Able to occasionally work overtime

Please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org.  No phone calls or drop ins please