Available Positions

Security Officer
Museum Educator
Reservation Coordinator
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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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