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Full-Time Openings

Position Summary:
The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Department of Conservation Biology.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will contribute to two related initiatives: (1) Urban Nature Alliance, and (2) Healthy Canyons.

Urban Nature Alliance– Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diego are California’s major urban areas. These areas also have significant amounts of urban green space which creates a major opportunity to engage communities in scientific monitoring and conservation. The Urban Nature Alliance is a network of institutions in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego that will come together to share and unite ideas and best practices for research and community engagement focused on urban biodiversity.

Healthy Canyons– San Diego canyons are a primary type of greenspace throughout the county and provide important benefits for people and nature. This project aims to conduct multidisciplinary biological surveys to determine the current state of biodiversity in canyons, engage local communities to build conservation capacity and connect people with nature, increase the accessibility of data on canyons to researchers, decision makers, and local communities, and contribute to urban greenspace conservation policy and action.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will lead the Urban Nature Alliance and work closely with the Research Project Manager to coordinate the Healthy Canyons Initiative. They will collaborate closely with external partners and The Nat’s science and education staff.

Location:
The Postdoctoral Researcher will be based at The Nat in San Diego and work under the supervision of the Director of Conservation Biology. There is some flexibility for remote work. The position will involve some travel within California.

Responsibilities:
• Organize and lead quarterly Urban Nature Alliance meetings.
• Make significant contributions to Urban Nature Alliance goal development and tracking.
• Lead communications with Urban Nature Alliance partners.
• Develop and conduct research compatible with the goals of the Urban Nature Alliance and/or Healthy Canyons Initiative.
• In collaboration with the Research Project Manager, lead biological and/or socio-ecological surveys in San Diego urban greenspaces.
• Develop and conduct outreach efforts.
• Spearhead the dissemination of results to a diverse range of audiences.
• Lead data management, assuring reproducibility and open data practices.
• Lead manuscript and technical document writing, data analysis, and visualization.
• Mentor student interns.

Qualifications:
• A PhD degree obtained within the past six years focused on Ecology, Evolution (especially in Urban systems), Conservation, Environmental Studies, Environmental GIS , Environmental Justice, Human Dimensions of Conservation or a related biology or social science field. Soon-to-graduate PhDs may apply, but all formal requirements for a PhD must be completed before the start of the appointment.
• Demonstration of excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstration of excellent organizational and project management skills
• Experience working with local communities and other stakeholders (e.g., land managers, policy makers), especially in relation to research and conservation projects.
• Ability to lead collaborative efforts.
• Bilingual (Spanish) is not a requirement but is preferred.
• In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

Compensation and Benefits:
Annual compensation is $66,560.

The appointment will be made for three years contingent on satisfactory progress in year one.

This is a full-time, exempt position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, reciprocal free admission to all of Balboa Park’s museums, as well as to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

To apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter (1-2 pages), research statement (1-2 pages) detailing current work and research interests, curriculum vitae, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Please submit materials to hr@sdnhm.org.  Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is summer 2024 or earlier.

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 Bioservices coordinates contracting for biological surveys and monitoring of the region’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, plants, and invertebrates, with an emphasis on applied ecological research.

Mammalogist Position

The Department of Bioservices at the San Diego Natural History Museum has an opening for a Field Mammalogist to assist with contracted field work. This position is a full time (40 hours per week), term position, for a period of 18 months (ending 30 June 2025). The term may be extended pending suitable funding. All work is funded through grants and contracts. 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

Conduct field investigations of mammals throughout the region, including remote areas.  Work in remote areas may require camping at field sites.  Anticipated upcoming work includes surveys and monitoring of rare and endangered species, utilizing camera traps, track tubes, and Sherman live traps for studying the mammal fauna of both coastal and desert areas.  Applicants must be experienced in identifying the mammals, including rodents, of southern California both in the hand and through photos and sign.

Other duties may include data entry and analysis, and report writing. 

QUALIFICATIONS:
  • A M.S. in biology or a related discipline, or a combination of professional experience and biological knowledge equivalent to a graduate degree.
  • Extensive knowledge of the mammal fauna of San Diego County and surrounding regions.
  • Experience utilizing standard mammal survey techniques and equipment.
  • 10(a) and state SCP permits to work with rare species preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of GIS mapping, and/or statistical analyses of data sets is preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs., and hike up to three miles in rough terrain.
  • Have a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered. 

This is a full-time, temporary, non-exempt position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. 

Pay: $29.17/hour.

Start date: 1 February 2024

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

Part-Time Openings

The AV Department is seeking a self-motivated, technically knowledgeable person with a willingness to learn to support institutional audio/visual needs. The ideal candidate will be comfortable shifting roles and responsibilities throughout the day while continually maintaining a pleasant and professional demeanor.

This position requires at least partial weekend availability. Some holidays and evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Operate and maintain theater: 
  • Operate theater for daily films and events (lectures, film festivals, corporate events, etc…)
  • Basic maintenance and troubleshooting of theater system
Maintain Exhibits AV elements: 
  • Intermediate maintenance and troubleshooting of AV elements.
General AV support: 
  • Use and update SDNHM ticketing system for everyday support requests
  • Assist both internal and off-site users with any AV needs
  • Intermediate maintenance and troubleshooting of AV equipment.
Skills and Qualifications:
  • At least 2 years of AV experience
  • High School Diploma or GED and 2+ years experience in a related field.

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

Position pays $21/hr and will be about 16 hours per week (2, 8-hour shifts). Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

This is a part-time, temporary role that is expected to run through September 2nd, 2024.

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 intuitive, reliable, attentive, detail-oriented individuals with strong communication and customer service skills as part-time/as-needed Security Officers. Security Officers are expected to uphold Museum rules and regulations by patrolling, observing, and reporting to the Facilities Manager and Facilities Director. Security Officers are also expected to set the example for Museum safety and stellar customer service, and assist Museum guests, employees, and vendors during emergency situations.

Areas of responsibilities include:
  • Patrol, observe, and report to Facilities Manager and Facilities Director.
  • Provide a high level of customer service and assistance to all Museum guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge of Museum policies and procedures, enforcing them with guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors as needed.
  • Document daily actions and situations in a Daily Log.
  • Respond to 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.)
  • Assist with building access and receiving/deliveries.
  • Perform other duties assigned by Facilities Manager and Facilities Director.
Qualifications:
  • Previous security experience at a cultural institution is preferred
  • Excellent customer service skills with the ability to maintain a professional and calm demeanor in a challenging, dynamic environment with all types of guests, staff, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Strong communication skills with attention to detail.
  • Must be able stand for long periods of time, respond quickly and communicate verbally for the majority of each shift.
  • Ability to perform crowd control by providing clear guidance and direction
  • Current Guard Card certification through BSIS
  • Current CPR/AED/First Aid Certification
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.
  • Bilingual preferred

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

This is a part-time/as-needed position. Afternoon, evening and weekend availability are currently highly desired.

Position pays $18/hour. Employees enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

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