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The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part time banquet bartenders to prepare drink orders for guests according to specified recipes using measuring systems. The ideal candidates will be comfortable shifting roles and responsibilities through their shift while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Prepare fresh garnishes for drinks. Issue, open, and serve wine/champagne bottles. Stock ice, glassware, and paper supplies. Transport supplies to bar set-up area. Wash soiled glassware. Remove soiled wares from bar top and tables and place in designated area. Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs. Process all payment methods. Count bank at end of shift, complete designated cashier reports, resolve any discrepancies, drop off receipts, and secure bank. Secure liquors, beers, wines, coolers, cabinets, and storage areas. Complete closing duties.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Set up and maintain cleanliness and condition of bar, bar unit, tables, and other tools.
  • Follow Museum safety and security policies and procedures to ensure a clean, safe, and secure environment.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with other employees and departments.
  • Follow appropriate procedures for serving alcohol. (T.I.P.S., L.E.A.D., ServSafe)
  • Anticipate and communicate replenishment needs promptly, ensuring no shortages throughout scheduled function time, and ensuring proper authorization for additional payments as required prior to replenishing.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2+ years of restaurant bartending experience and/or banquet bartending experience.
  • Must possess valid food handler card or willing to get in first (30) days of employment.
  • Strong math aptitude.
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests and customer service situations.
  • Must be T.I.P.S, L.E.A.D., ServSafe certified or willing to get in first (30) days of employment.
  • Able to stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.
  • Able to move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
  • Able to reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.

Qualified applicants, please send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to rhammond@sdnhm.org No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part time banquet barbacks to ensure bars and bar service areas are maintained, replenished and clean at all times. The ideal candidates will be comfortable shifting roles and responsibilities through their shift while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Complete tasks related to stocking, replenishing, cleaning, maintenance and preparation of beverages.
  • Move and assemble portable bars.
  • Clean and polish bar, counters, shelves and equipment.
  • Comply with inventory control measures.
  • Return all product and equipment to proper storage location or dish room.
  • Remove all trash and recyclables from bar areas and dispose properly.
  • Maintain a safe, clean, organized and stocked work area following sanitation standards.
  • Follow Museum safety and security policies and procedures to ensure a clean, safe, and secure environment.
  • Develop and maintain positive and productive working relationships with other employees and departments.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1-2 years of experience in food and/or bar service desired.
  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Excellent hospitality and customer service skills, service standards, guest relations and etiquette.
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • Able to lift and carry up to 75 pounds at a time and perform various activities such as constant standing, walking, frequent bending, reaching, kneeling and squatting.
  • Able to work in a noisy environment.
  • Able to stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time or for an entire work shift.

Qualified applicants, please send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to rhammond@sdnhm.org No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking intuitive, reliable, attentive, detail-oriented individuals with strong communication and customer service skills part-time security officers. Security officers are expected to uphold the museum rules and regulations by patrolling, observing, and reporting to the Security Supervisor and Operations Manager. This position is also expected to be the exemplary for Museum safety, customer service, general Museum knowledge, Park knowledge, and a model citizen, as well as protect Museum property and provide safety for Museum visitors, employees, and vendors.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Patrol, observe, and report to Security Supervisor, Operations Manager, and Director of Visitor Services
  • Assist visitors and provide a variety of information regarding the Museum and Balboa Park.
  • Maintain a guest approach with all visitors to ensure a positive experience, including greeting each person as they enter and thanking each visitor as they leave.
  • Learn and stay current with Museum knowledge, such as pricing, membership, closures, and policies.
  • Maintain high level of awareness with regard to Museum rules, regulations, procedures, and policies; and enforce these with visitors and staff.
  • Daily documentation required to keep up to date the Daily Log.
  • Respond to visitor complaints and/or requests for assistance and evaluate appropriate course of action
  • Respond to emergency situations within and directly outside Museum (i.e. natural disasters, medical emergencies, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current Guard Card certification through BSIS
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • High School diploma or equivalent; Post High school work preferred
  • 2 – 5 years of security experience, preferably in a cultural institution
  • Able to walk or stand up to 5 hours
  • Able to climb stairs, stop, kneel; able to respond quickly or jog
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a challenging, dynamic environment and with all levels of patrons
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Intuitive decision-making and response
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Comfortable dealing with a wide array of guests and customer service situations
  • Ability to perform crowd control by providing clear guidance and direction
  • Bilingual preferred

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

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly full time Custodian to be part of the cleaning crew that daily cleans and maintains the buildings public areas, office areas and collection areas. Also, to assist with daily chores needed by staff.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Clean restrooms
  • Clean floors
  • Trash removal
  • Clean windows, exhibit cases
  • Dust
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Janitorial experience preferred
  • Able to read, write and converse fluently in English

Weekends, holidays, and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Custodians enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo.

To apply please submit resume and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop ins please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private non-profit scientific organization incorporated in 1874. The Museum’s mission is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment. Within the Museum, the Department of PaleoServices specializes in paleontological resource management. Our focus is on the recognition, recovery, and preservation of the significant and unique paleontological resources that occur in this region. We are currently looking to fill the following position:

Paleontological Field Monitor Position

The Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum has openings for paleontological field monitors. These positions are part time, as needed (0 – 40 hours per week). All work is funded through contracts.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Field monitoring of construction-related exposures of potentially fossiliferous sedimentary rocks (Cenozoic and upper Mesozoic marine and/or non-marine rock units) in the Southern California region.

Field monitors will be expected to collect exposed fossils and record relevant stratigraphic and taphonomic data.

Opportunities for fossil preparation are also possible. Depending on experience, the field monitor may also be involved in preparing final reports of findings.

Scheduled hours are typically between the hours of 7 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday; however, work may also occur on weekends and nights.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* A minimum of a B.S. in Geology or a related discipline with an emphasis in paleontology.

* Experience in field paleontology and stratigraphy is preferred.

* Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs

* Have a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.

For general information about our paleontology mitigation program, please visit http://www.paleoservices.org

Start date: 15 June 2017

Please submit resumes and cover letter including salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum 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:

  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds and to stand up to 5 hours
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the Museum
  • Must be reliable to be present and aware at events
  • Must have reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Able to communicate clearly in English
  • Able to read and write in English
  • Able to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Strong attention to detail

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

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking for a passionate mission supporting Special Events Lead. She/he will be responsible for overseeing the load-in and load-out of events, assisting in the management of Special Events Staff and 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. Establishes contact with client as Museum contact person in addition to the Director of Events or the Event Manager.
  3. Communicates with Director of Events or the Event Manager and Senior Director of Operations to ensure all situations are being addressed.
  4. Assists in the supervision of special events staff.
  5. Creates a break schedule for special events staff and arranges for all breaks to be taken and covered.
  6. Assists with the training of new special events staff.
  7. 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. Ensures special events staff is present on all floors where there are guests.
  3. Monitors the event set-up to ensure security measures are met (i.e. tables are not too close to wall).
  4. Be prepared to evacuate guests if necessary.
  5. Completes the Special Events Lead event check-list for ensuring that the Museum has been cleaned up and can be locked up by Building Operations staff after the event.
  6. 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. Operates Sidewalk Lift and Freight Elevator for vendors if Building Operations staff is unavailable.
  3. Oversees wristband procedures as vendors arrive for load-in and when vendor crew returns for load-out.
  4. Stops unauthorized vendors or Balboa Park guests from entering the Museum during load-in and load-out.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A minimum of 3 months or equivalent as SDNHM special events staff – What do you mean by equivalent as SDNHM special events staff?
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds and to stand up to 5 hours
  • Must be well-versed in the Museum, and the Museum Policies and Procedures
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from the Museum
  • Must be reliable to be present and aware at events
  • Must have reliable form of communication (phone, email)
  • Able to work early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Managerial experience preferred
  • Experience in a fast-paced, high-stress environment
  • Strong attention to detail

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

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly Events Coordinator who will be responsible for the production and on-site execution of approximately 80% of events held within the Museum.  This includes corporate events, weddings and receptions, non-profit events, high school dances and other parties.  This position assists in managing all development, membership and other internal events. 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Production of Facility Usage Events

  • Manages the production of 80% of Facility Usage events (external clients)
  • Conducts walk-throughs with booked clients and/or vendors
  • Advises the client throughout the planning process and provides pre-event guidance to clients to assure adherence to all Museum regulations
  • Creates work orders and diagrams and distributes to key departments
  • Maintains a strong working relationship with internal clients, including departmental directors and other key staff to ensure event logistics are secured
  • Develops professional relationships with vendors and works closely with them throughout the event planning process, including the load-in and load-out logistics.
  • Provides on-site coverage at event, supervising all Event Leads and Event staff
  • Works closely with Building Operations and Security the night of the event
  • Is knowledgeable on emergency procedures during an event
  • Provides on-site expertise and excellent customer service to the client throughout the duration of the event
  • Coordinates all day-of event activities - puts together staff clipboards for events (with work orders, diagrams, sign-in sheets, event evaluations, etc.)
  • Coordinates all post-event activities, including thank you letters to clients, preparing follow-up report, requesting photos and finalizing the event file 

Production of Internal Museum Events

  • Works with the Institutional Advancement team to organize and execute Member and VIP Development events
  • Works closely with Museum staff to manage the internal events of other departments including such events as: Paleo Dinner, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Educator Night, Staff Parties and other internal Museum events
  • Creates work orders and diagrams and distributes to key departments
  • Works closely with numerous Museum departments (Security, Building Operations, Visitor Services, Marketing, Audio Visual, Museum Store and Education) to ensure proper communication and that event logistics are secured
  • Coordinates the laundering of linens after internal events

Annual Fundraising Gala and Annual Vendor Showcase & Social

  • Assists Director of Events as needed
  • Attends Gala Committee meetings
  • Assists with managing all vendor services
  • Creates diagrams and work orders
  • Develops vendor timelines for load-in and load-out
  • Assists with management of events night-of

Sales Assistance

  • Assists Director of Events with proposals, contracts, impact reports, invoices, etc.
  • Responds to event inquiries as assigned
  • Attends Industry Events as needed
  • Assists with other sales functions as requested

 Department Resources

  • Updates Vendors Used Spreadsheet and other tracking spreadsheets as necessary or requested
  • Tracks Preferred Partners participation and maintains files (insurance, etc.)
  • Works with Annual Fund Coordinator to manage Natural Partners benefits
  • Updates and edits the Museum Events calendar as needed
  • Adds scheduled events to Museum Master calendar and other Museum calendars as needed
  • Keeps all filing and administrative tasks up-to-date and accurate
  • Manages department vendor accounts (GBS linens, etc.)
  • Attends (and leads as necessary) the weekly Museum Events meetings
  • Keeps events storage closet clean and organized
  • Updates facility usage clients and vendors in Altru
  • Understands and is proficient in all Museum safety and emergency procedures

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Associate’s degree preferred, special event certification a plus
  • 1-2 years special events experience preferred
  • Exemplary customer service skills
  • Must have rigorous attention to detail, ability to manage multiple deadlines, and excellent organizational abilities
  • Proficiency in computer applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Database experience preferred
  • Ability to work late nights and weekends

Qualified applicants, please send resume and cover letter including salary expectations to hr@sdnhm.org No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking an intuitive, reliable, attentive, detail-oriented individual with strong communication and customer service skills as a full-time Security Supervisor. The Security Supervisor is expected to uphold the museum rules and regulations by patrolling, observing, and reporting to the Operations Manager, while managing and overseeing the Security staff. This position is also expected to be the exemplary for Museum safety, customer service, general Museum knowledge, Park knowledge, and a model citizen, as well as protect Museum property and provide safety for Museum visitors, employees, and vendors. The Security Supervisor works to assist the Operations Manager with projects, staff training, staff scheduling and working events.

This position requires Saturday and Sunday availability. Holidays and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Patrol, observe, and report to Operations Manager, and Director of Visitor Services.
  • Oversee and manage the SDNHM Security Staff in conjunction with established security supervisor.
  • Keep consistent daily logs and reporting procedures.
  • Assist with training, updating, and informing SDNHM Security Staff.
  • Assist Operations Manager overseeing general upkeep of Museum safety and security.
  • Assist visitors and provide a variety of information regarding the Museum and Balboa Park.
  • Maintain a guest approach with all visitors to ensure a positive experience, including greeting each person as they enter and thanking each visitor as they leave.
  • Learn and stay current with Museum knowledge, such as pricing, membership, closures, and policies.
  • Maintain high level of awareness with regard to Museum rules, regulations, procedures, and policies, and enforce these with visitors and staff.
  • Respond to visitor complaints and/or requests for assistance and evaluate appropriate course of action.
  • Provide support when necessary to officers responding to visitor complaints and/or requests for assistance.
  • Provide prompt response to all calls, inquiries, and directions.
  • Respond to emergencies within and directly outside Museum (i.e. natural disasters, medical emergencies, etc.)
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Current Guard Card certification through BSIS
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • High School diploma or equivalent; Post High school work preferred
  • 2 – 5 years of security experience, preferably in a cultural institution
  • 2 – 5 years of managerial or supervisory experience, preferably in a cultural institution
  • Able to walk or stand up to 5 hours
  • Able to climb stairs, stop, kneel; able to respond quickly or jog
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a challenging, dynamic environment and with all levels of patrons
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Familiarity with Security systems, such as Security cameras, access, alarms, and reporting databases
  • Reliable source of communication and transportation
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Intuitive in decision-making and response
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Ability to perform crowd control by providing clear guidance and direction
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish & English)

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