Available Positions

Security Officer
Operations Manager
Museum Educator 

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.

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

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is a front-of-house manager that will ensure that safety and security operations work in tandem with admissions and visitor services operations to give a cohesive visitor experience. The Manager oversees the security staff, security operations and special events security staff. The Operations Manager works closely with the Director of Visitor Services, Visitor Services Lead staff and Building Operations staff to ensure daily operations and public programs run smoothly and that issues are elevated to the proper individuals as necessary. The Manager ensures that the safety of the Museum guests, staff, and other Museum constituents is top priority by responding to alarms and emergency situations, notifying emergency services as necessary, monitoring security systems, supervising evacuations, supervising security inspections, and ensuring appropriate opening and closing of the facility.  The candidate for this position must be available to work weekends, nights, holidays, and flexible hours.

General Responsibilities:

  • Provide a manager presence for regular business hours, internal/external events, and public programs when needed.
  • Recruit, hire, train, and manage security staff for the Control Room, galleries, and entrances/exits for regular business hour needs as well as internal/external special event needs.
  • Assist with the recruitment, hiring, training, and management of admissions staff for admissions desks, theater positions, upcharge exhibition positions, and public program admissions positions.
  • Ensure security and admissions staff requirements are met for daily operations, public programs, and internal/external special event needs.
  • Supplement staff in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
  • Align all security and admissions staff with Museum customer service standards and practices.
  • Maintain knowledge of admissions/visitor services procedures, including using the ticket system, to assist with admissions/visitor services operations as needed.
  • Ensure all security staff attend morning and/or pre-event meetings.
  • Establish clear chain of command for floor staff to ensure organized and efficient action during emergency situations.
  • Respond to all alarms (fire, security, flood, etc.) and other emergency situations and notify emergency services as appropriate.
  • Supervise proper evacuation of the facility in the event of an emergency.
  • Provide accurate information and reports regarding alarms and emergency situations to proper emergency personnel, Museum management and other key Museum staff members as needed.
  • Complete incident reports (i.e. injury, equipment/property damage, theft, unusual occurrences).
  • Monitor all aspects of the Museum’s security system, fire panel, and environmental controls.
  • Organize, verify, and approve all daily security inspections, including daily visual inspection of all fire extinguishers and fire safety equipment.
  • Act as liaison with local police and fire stations, Balboa Park Rangers and other Balboa Park security constituents to ensure clear communication and collaboration as needed.
  • Work with local police and fire stations to ensure federal, state, and local regulations are met and maintained.
  • Assist with managing the Safety and Security Team.
  • Maintain safe working conditions and resolve safety concerns as needed.
  • Provide safety and security training to Museum staff as needed.
  • Create, maintain, and distribute written processes and procedures for security and safety operations.
  • Assist in creating and managing the security department’s yearly budget.


  • College degree preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of security and customer service experience.
  • Minimum of two years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Must be able to work within a team environment.
  • Ability to respond quickly to building and security emergencies during off-duty hours (alarms, weather conditions, physical plant issues, etc.)
  • Must be able to work with a sense of urgency with the ability to remain calm under stress.
  • Ability to write detailed and accurate reports in a clear comprehensive manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for communicating with colleagues, vendors, and the general public.
  • Excellent customer service skills in dealing with a diverse audience, including tourists, students, educators, staff, patrons, Board members, event guests, etc.
  • Ability to train staff to meet and/or exceed the Museum standards for excellent customer service.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 lbs.

Required Licenses and Training:

  • Completion of State security guard registration
  • First aid/CPR training

Qualified applicants, please send your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.orgNo phone calls or drop in visits, please.


Museum Educator

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.