Available Positions

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The Facility Engineer is primarily responsible for maintaining the proper functioning of all MEP, HVAC, and life safety equipment throughout the building both during regular hours and after hours. This position aids the Senior Director of Operations in handling facility operations and protocols in order to uphold the appropriate standards of the SDNHM. The Facility Engineer is responsible for managing the overall maintenance of the Museum facilities, including off-site warehouse and Museum owned vehicles, and is accountable for maintaining compliance with hazardous materials and accessibility regulations, reporting compliance under OSHA and other government regulatory agencies.

Specific Responsibilities:


  • Maintains a functional knowledge of systems which include: HVAC/DDC Controls, Plumbing, Fire Protection/Fire Alarm, Elevators, Back-up Generators, Landscaping, Building Management Systems, Lighting Systems, Roof Systems, and Electrical Systems.
  • Diagnose, repair, and perform preventative maintenance on various types of equipment including, but not limited to: Chillers, Boilers, Air Handling Units, Cooling Towers, VAV Boxes, and Pumps.
  • Proactively inspect building and facilities equipment/furnishings to determine functional systems and detect malfunctions and needed repairs. Provide responsive assistance to the Senior Director of Operations to support the timely completion of Museum construction, repairs, or space alteration projects.
  • Oversees the General Maintenance Technician in order to maintain functionality and appearance of the facility, and all associated department personnel, including but not limited to, recruiting and selecting new staff, establishing work-related duties/responsibilities, training and scheduling, and periodically reviewing and evaluating staff performance.
  • Develops the department’s budget in collaboration with the Senior Director of Operations including negotiating with contractors, vendors, craftsmen, repair and cleaning services, and supply purchases.
  • Manages the selection of contracted vendors, schedules contractors, conducts site job walks, collects bids for projects, and manages adherence of vendors to Museum policies. 
  • Maintains a routine maintenance schedule including general painting needs, roof and other structural concerns, pest management, and safety training for all staff.
  • Maintains files on building plans and facility renovations. 

Health and Safety

  • Oversees the implementation of the Museum’s hazardous materials and disposal plan.
  • Ensures that permits/records pertaining to hazardous chemicals, generating periodic reports to the County and other agencies as required by law, are maintained.
  • Coordinates with the Fire Department as needed, for regular site inspections or responses to emergencies on site.
  • Responsible for the development and training under a disaster plan, devising a checklist to be followed in the event of an emergency.
  • Serves as primary contact in the event of certain facility emergencies.
  • Maintains functional knowledge of the condition of the Museum and the warehouse at all times including knowledge of security equipment (Fire Panel, Burglar alarm, Fire extinguishers, Fire Code Compliance).

Additional duties

  • Interacts with all Museum personnel to help facilitate the coordination of events, programs, projects, and storage within the facility, as well as being responsible for working with all departments to establish and monitor capital improvements that enhance the mission of the Museum and the visitor experience.

Essential Requirements:

  • Proven team player with strong communication skills who is approachable and responsive.
  • Expected to actively support diversity on their teams and museum-wide.
  • 5 years of demonstrated management experience in a large facility maintenance capacity within a museum or other similar environment.
  • Proven leader in hiring, training and supervising employees.
  • Frequent standing, walking, bending, sitting, climbing (stairs & ladders), crawling and lifting of moderately heavy loads up to 50lbs.
  • Occasional work in elevated places.
  • Good auditory skills with a full range of hearing. Good vision including acuity, depth perception, color vision.
  • Comfortable working around the general public.
  • Able to respond to emergency situations including but not limited to chemical spills, fires, and evacuations.
  • Able to safely operate an electric transport cart, a hand truck, a tractor, a forklift and scissor lift (used frequently) along with other equipment used to maintain the facilities.
  • Frequent work throughout all Museum and warehouse facilities including conference facilities, galleries, exhibit halls, presentation halls, research laboratories, storage rooms, and maintenance and/or metal/wood shop.
  • Frequent work outdoors.
  • Valid California driver’s license and good vehicle operation record.
  • Occasional work with or possible exposure to various chemicals.
  • Fluently bilingual in English/Spanish a plus.

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, salary requirement and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls, no drop ins, and no recruiters please.

As The Nat’s Director of Volunteers, you will recruit, interview and oversee a robust core of over 700+ volunteers that provide vital services and public-facing activities for one of San Diego’s most popular and beloved museums.  This is a leadership position that is perfect for individuals who enjoy a variety of work and engaging with diverse groups and individuals.

The Nat’s volunteers interpret aboard whale-watching cruises; lead and recommend hikes throughout the region; provide educational experiences for students; engage guests with floor programming; and work behind-the-scenes with curators in the collections and research division. In addition to administrative work, the position presents an exciting opportunity to evolve the Museum’s volunteer offerings, working closely with the Education Department and leadership of flagship volunteer programs to facilitate, create, and update programs and trainings.

We seek a candidate who is a multi-tasker, enjoys working with a wide diversity of individuals and will be a strong and proactive collaborator. Active listening, patience, respectful communication and maintaining confidentiality are qualities that are essential for the position. You will be a key member of the Education and Engagement (EE) Division, and will help shape the strategic direction and growth of the Volunteer Department.  As the Director of the Volunteer Department, you will report directly to the Vice President of Education and Engagement, and work with a variety of Museum departments including Education, Exhibits, Science and Conservation, Institutional Advancement, Marketing and Operations.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Vision & Strategy: Works with staff and volunteer leadership to determine and implement strategic priorities that will advance remote, in-person and outreach volunteer offerings. Researches and envisions new volunteer programming, including plans to build a site-based horticultural stewardship program to maintain interpretive gardens; and a community science stewardship program. Strategizes volunteer, recruitment, training, and program development needs for volunteer programs.
  • Management & Leadership: Oversees the Department of Volunteers and the 700+ individuals that actively volunteer at The Nat, placing each into the most appropriate opportunity. Annually recruits, oversees and mentors seasonal Summer Camp Volunteer Liaison to help manage youth camp volunteers. Understands and responds to the needs and concerns of individuals and volunteer groups. Participates in volunteer group programs and meetings to build excitement and program ownership with volunteers through collaborative development. Addresses issues of concern with volunteers in a respectful and confidential manner. Communicates and administers Museum policies and updates, working closely with volunteer groups to collaborate on solutions and outcomes whenever possible.
  • Administration, Budgets, and Reporting:  Develops, plans, and tracks the Volunteer Department’s annual budget. Participates actively in planning and budgeting for the overall Education and Engagement Division. Oversees and directs the preparation of reports, conveying metrics, narratives, and/or budget. Shares highlights of volunteer activity with staff, volunteers and stakeholders. Celebrates volunteer accomplishments by planning annual recognition event, and keeping record of volunteer activities and hours through Volgistics. 

Traits & Qualifications:

  • A seasoned individual with Bachelor’s degree or four years equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated experience of at least two years managing sizeable groups of staff and/or volunteers.
  • Experience working successfully with a wide range of ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
  • Background in education and/or natural science background is desirable.
  • Bi-lingual and/or ability to speak and write in Spanish is desirable.
  • Experience developing new programs and/or protocols.
  • Knowledge of (or experience with) Volgistics, Altru, or other comparable database programs.
  • Ability to connect effectively with diverse groups, write clearly and persuasively, and enhance and build meaningful relationships within and outside the Museum.
  • Experience planning, overseeing and reporting on sizeable budgets.

Personal Qualities:

  • Skilled communicator.
  • Creative thinker and innovator.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Active listener who follows up on input.
  • Highly organized with strong skills in time management and multi-tasking.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality.
  • Collegial team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A self-starter who demonstrates resourcefulness and good judgment.
  • Values inclusion, diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Integrity and ethics beyond reproach.

This is a full-time, exempt position. Some weekends and evenings are required.

Please submit a resume with three references, cover letter, and one page (600 word max.) writing sample that describes an instance that you handled a difficult situation that required diplomacy. All materials should go to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop–ins, please. 

Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2021.