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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 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 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 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 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 to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins please.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly full time Custodians 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. 

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. 


Responsibilities include:

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

Qualifications:

  • Able to lift up to 35 pounds
  • 2 years of janitorial experience
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Able to work weekends and holidays
  • Great customer service skills

Qualified applicants please send your resume to hr@sdnhm.org

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part time Café Attendants to assist guests at our Cafe. The Café Attendant provides Museum guests an unparalleled customer service experience in a fast-paced, educational and entertaining environment. The ideal candidates will be comfortable shifting roles and responsibilities throughout the day 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:

  • Assist in kitchen. Prepare food according to the instructed recipe, package and label items for sale, make coffee.
  • “Clean as you go” for each work station
  • Change trash as needed. Clean tables and sweep dining area as needed.
  • Keep track of current stock levels for all items in use. Restock as needed.
  • Maintain accurate cash drawer through shifts
  • Provide consistent and excellent customer service to visitors, members, and staff
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must possess valid food handler
  • The top qualification required is a friendly personality with a guest-focused attitude and a commitment to creating a welcoming and fun atmosphere for the Museum's visitors
  • Professional demeanor, reliable, and hardworking
  • A background in customer service, hospitality, or retail with experience in cash handling is desirable
  • Familiarity with Balboa Park a plus
  • Must be able stand for long periods of time and communicate verbally for the majority of each shift
  • Ability to learn processes, procedures and information quickly

Qualified applicants, please send resume and cover letter to jvenier@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 Birds and Mammals specializes in biological investigations into the region’s bird and mammal species, with emphasis on taxonomic and ecological research.

The Department of Birds and Mammals at the San Diego Natural History Museum has openings for up to two field assistants. These positions are part time, as needed (0 – 40 hours per week). All work is funded through grants and contracts.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Assist curators or project managers with field investigations throughout the region, including remote areas.  Work in remote areas may require camping in field sites for up to three weeks at a time where exposure to temperature extremes is common. Access to field study sites is often gained by four wheel drive vehicle or may require the physical ability to walk and backpack for several hours. Duties may include setting and retrieving rodent traps, handling and identifying rodents, and setting and checking trail cameras.

Other duties may include mammal specimen preparation, data entry, and report writing. 

Due to the varied methodologies utilized for mammal surveys, this position has highly variable work hours.  Scheduled hours will regularly include evening, night, and early morning hours, and may include weekends.

QUALIFICATIONS:

* A minimum of a B.S. in Biology or a related discipline.

* Experience in field mammalogy techniques.

* Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs, and hike up to five miles in rough terrain. 

* Have a valid Driver’s License. Any conditional offer of employment for this position will include a review of the applicant’s motor vehicle record.

 Start date: 30 January 2018

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

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking for a passionate mission supporting and natural history loving individual to lead the content development for exhibitions. Reporting to the Director of Experience Design, the Senior Exhibit Developer plays a central role in creating new exhibitions by integrating concepts and stories with the physical space to create an experiential bilingual environment for learning.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Works with scientific experts and members of the creative team to generate concepts and ideas, articulate exhibit messages, shape storylines, and select objects for display.
  • Drives the exhibit development process utilizing a process of content drives design.
  • Collaborates with designers to realize environments from concept to production.
  • Writes label text, A/V media scripts, project briefs, and grant proposal narratives.
  • Researches and secures photographs and imagery.
  • Develops storyboards for digital interactive exhibit elements.
  • Guides and reviews the production of illustrations, models, interactives, and A/V media.
  • Oversees Spanish translation of all exhibit text and scripts.
  • Builds audience awareness by incorporating current informal learning theory and front-end, formative, and summative evaluation into exhibit development process.
  • Works collaboratively within the Engagement and Education division as well as across the Museum, including Marketing and Development.
  • Oversees exhibit development contractors and exhibit interns.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • Proven professional with 5-7 years of experience in a museum, or similar non-profit position with increasing responsibility.
  • Shows creative initiative in exhibition development.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Ability to conceptualize and analyze both existing and potential problems and solutions.
  • MA in Museum Studies a plus.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish), a plus.
  • Media experience, a plus.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, three professional references, two sample labels, and a sample exhibit narrative description (no more than two paragraphs) that would be used as web copy or in a grant application to hr@sdnhm.org. Please put SREXDEV in subject line. No phone calls or drop ins please.