Available Positions

Special Events Staff 

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

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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.

Special Events Staff

Our special events department is seeking for a passionate mission supporting Special Event Staff. She/he will be responsible assisting with the load-in and load-out of events, assisting in the set-up and break-down of Museum events, assisting in ensuring the safety of the Museum, having a Museum presence. This position requires the coordination of on-site event activities, including working with vendors, clients and guests. Hours are determined on as-needed basis.

 Major Responsibilities:

Event Presence

  1. Reviews work order and becomes familiar with purpose/type of event, timeline/agenda of the event, as well as diagrams for each location.
  2. Communicates with on-site Event Manager, Director of Events, or Special Events lead.
  3. Assists with set-up and break-down of events.
  4. Follows designated directions from on-site Event Manager, Director of Events, or Special Events Lead.
  5. Maintains museum presence while guests and vendors are inside the facility.
  6. Provides post-event feedback to Event Manager.

Museum Safety and Cleanliness

  1. Assists to ensure that Fire, City, Police, Park and Alcohol and codes are being followed to ensure that Museum is operating within the law.
  2. Be prepared to evacuate guests if necessary.
  3. Works with Building Operations at the end of the event to ensure that all exhibit areas/items are returned to regular for the Museum to open the next day.

Vendor Load-in and Load-out

  1. Ensures that only appropriate vendors access loading areas.
  2. Follows wristband procedures as vendors arrive for load-in and when vendor crew returns for load-out.
  3. Stops unauthorized vendors or Balboa Park guests from entering the Museum during load-in and load-out.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds and to stand up to 5 hours
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the Museum
  • Must have reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Able to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-stress environment

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

Security Officer(s) - Unarmed, Uniformed

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