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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.
Health and Safety
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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.
Traits & Qualifications:
This is a full-time, exempt position. Some weekends and evenings are required.
Salary: $58,000 - $62,000 a year
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Review of applications will begin on March 8, 2021.
The Department of Paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum has an opening for paleontological field monitor. This position will be part-time temporary, as needed (0 – 29 hours per week). All work is funded through contracts.
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 the greater southern California region.
For general information about our paleontology mitigation program, please visit http://www.paleoservices.org
Start date: 15 April 2021
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Compensation: $20.09 to $25.00/hour depending on experience and qualifications.
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 Supervisor and Senior Director of Operations. 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:
This is a part-time/as-needed position. Friday availability is currently highly desired.
Position pays $15/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.
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The Events Manager is responsible for the production and on-site execution of Museum events. This includes internal and external venue rentals and the scheduling and managing of part-time event staff. In addition, this position supports the sales and marketing efforts of the Special Events Department. Reports directly to the Director of Events.
Roles and responsibilities:
This is a full-time, position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 13 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.
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The San Diego Natural History Museum science research apprenticeship program are for members of groups of underrepresented High School seniors and Undergraduate students that provides training and mentoring in curation, imaging, databasing protocols, and collections-based research to prepare them for continued advancement in biological sciences, which can translate to career pathways in academia, research, as well as biological consulting.
Apprentices will work on-site with museum scientists in taxonomic curation, transcription of historical label data, data quality control, and georeferencing specimen records from the Museum’s collection and incorporating it into a national digital portal. Apprentices will receive daily instruction, guidance, and follow-up for all tasks assigned.
Some learning objectives include:
- COMMUNICATION: apprentices will provide project updates in written emails and spoken form in team and cohort meetings. Apprentices will document their experience, culminating in a written “cover letter” outlining their skill development for a hypothetical job.
- COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY SKILLS: apprentices will become familiar with a variety of databases, georeferencing tools, and image recognition apps. Apprentice will learn how to use Excel, tips for data quality control, and the use of pivot tables.
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT SKILLS: apprentices will co-develop a project plan with their mentor, set milestones, and report of progress in team meetings.
- DESCIPLINE SPECIFIC SKILLS: apprentices will gain experience in taxonomy, biodiversity data, and collections management.
- PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: apprentices will participate in team and staff meetings, and attend in-house seminars
Term: Apprenticeships will be for up to 250 hours with negotiable work schedules. High school apprentices will be paid $15/hr. Undergraduates will be paid at $16/hr. Apprenticeships to begin in June/July 2021.
How to apply:
Please submit a resume with three references and Cover Letter which must explicitly outline the learning objectives desired from this work experience. Please make sure you note whether you are between the ages of 16 and 17 or if you are 18 years of age or older. Any Cover Letter not including age bracket will not be considered. All materials should go to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.
Review of applications will begin in April 21, 2021, with offers extended in mid-May.