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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.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide consistent and excellent customer service to visitors, members, and staff.
  • Prepare and serve food, beverages and snacks. This includes operating a traditional expresso machine.
  • Assist in the kitchen, as needed, in the preparation of food according to the instructed recipe, as well as packaging and labeling of items for sale.
  • Oversee Cafe equipment and its proper use
  • Operate POS cash register and maintain accurate cash drawer through shifts
  • Keep a clean well stocked café and retail space, and be able to describe all items you offer
  • Keep track of current stock levels for all items in use. Restock as needed.
  • “Clean as you go” for each work station
  • Change trash as needed. Clean tables and sweep dining area as needed.
  • Promote and maintain a safe and clean environment for co-workers and guests
  • Participate in departmental meetings and contribute to a positive team environment
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must possess valid food handler card
  • Capable of serving alcoholic beverages only to guests over 21 years of age.
  • 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 to communicate verbally for the majority of each shift
  • Ability to learn processes, procedures and information quickly
  • Physical requirements & demands to successfully perform the essential function of the job include:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for long periods of time; walk; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear; and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position pays $14/hour plus tips. 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.

 

 

About the Museum: 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 Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC) encompasses all scientific research, collections, and resource management activities. 

About PaleoServices and BioServices: Within BRCC, the departments of PaleoServices and Bioservices specialize in working with external clients to fulfill their needs in biological and paleontological resource management. 

The Department of PaleoServices focuses on the recognition, recovery, and preservation of the significant and unique paleontological resources (fossils) that provide critical and direct evidence of the rich biological and geological history of the greater southern California region. For general information about our paleontology mitigation program, please visit: https://www.nzs2.sdnhm.org/science/consulting-services/paleo-services/ 

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 about our incredibly biodiverse region. For more information about Bioservices, please visithttps://www.nzs2.sdnhm.org/science/consulting-services/bioservices/ 

This position manages pre-award and post-award activities for a portfolio of grants and contracts within BRCC. This position acts as principal point of contact to all grant/contract communications and works with other museum staff to ensure on-time responses to clients.  

Pre-award responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the development, preparation, and submission of grant and contract proposals. 
  • Ensuring all applications meet agency and museum guidelines, policies, and deadlines. 
  • Conferring with internal staff and subcontractors to develop, prepare, and secure necessary sub-award documents for proposals.  
  • Assisting in the development of budgets and budget justifications, including proofing of budgets for errors and inconsistencies and ensuring accuracy.  
  • Advises on administrative requirements in preparing proposal submissions.  
  • Coordinating preparation of contract supporting documents (e.g., scopes of work, staff resumes, project experience, references). 
  • Assisting in review of contract language, including insurance requirements, scope of work, and budgets. 

Post-award support responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Internally setting up new project files, requesting and maintaining certificates of insurance, and establishing and monitoring contract milestones and deadlines. 
  • Providing monthly account reports and balances; reviewing payroll and expenditures to ensure compliance. 
  • Working with accounting staff in resolving accounting issues, as well as assisting with preparation of invoices (including required backup documentation), and invoice submittal to clients. 
  • Providing on-going customer service to clients and granting agencies. 
  • Meeting with project managers regularly to monitor and review grant and contract portfolio; requesting extensions, and properly closing project accounts within policy guidelines and time requirements.  
  • Assisting in development, submittal, and tracking of contract change order requests. 
  • Assisting in development and reforecasting of departmental budgets as they relate to contracted revenue and expenses.   

Qualifications: 

  • At least 2-3 years of contract management experience or demonstrable experience with transferable skills. Your cover letter should clearly articulate this experience. 
  • Proven team player with strong communication skills and customer service skills who is approachable, responsive, trustworthy, professional, and positive. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office software (e.g., Word, Excel, OneDrive, Outlook, Teams). 
  • Experience with project accounting/management systems like Sage Intacct is preferred. 
  • Academic or avocational experience in natural history is preferred. 

The salary range for this position is $24 to $27/hour. Position includes benefits such as health insurance, paid vacation, 14 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. 

Please submit resume and cover letter (including salary expectations) to Ingrid Garcia (igarcia@sdnhm.org). No phone calls or drop-ins, please. 

The Education Specialist is an integral part of the Nat’s Education Department. This position manages the Nature to You (NTY) loan program; develops and implements curriculum for both in-person and virtual programs. The Specialist will develop educator guides based on Nat exhibits; develop curriculum kits; oversee Storytime program; and collaborate on monthly distance programs. The Education Specialist will also work with the Senior Manager of Education to implement and support The Nat’s summer camp offerings. This position reports to the Senior Education Manager.

 MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manage all operations and procedures of the Nature to You Loan program to include processing loans and memberships, care and repair, marketing and public tours.
  • Work with the Development Team to develop proposals and reports for funding, including grants, foundation, and sponsorship materials. Meet with current or prospective donors as needed.
  • Develop, create, implement and evaluate NGSS aligned curriculum for teacher kits, teacher guides and summer camp.
  • Collaborate with education team to plan, develop and implement distance learning (virtual) programs.
  • Coordinate and lead the monthly Nature & Me Storytime program.
  • Support and coordinate summer camp program, including but not limited to staffing, programming and ensuring the best camper experience.
  • Conduct and administer the summer camp scholarship program.
  • Represent Education Department at monthly Balboa Park Educators Council (BPEC) meetings.
  • Follow the Education Department’s Standard Operating Procedures and Behavior Management policies.
  • Assist, train or teach in-museum school and summer programs as needed.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Perform Education Department duties as assigned.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2-3 years’ experience in either formal or informal education. Degree in education-related field or environmental sciences a plus.
  • Knowledge and passion for environmental science and natural history.
  • Highly organized, attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience developing formal and/or informal curriculum.
  • Background knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards is a plus.
  • Background teaching in informal or formal settings.
  • Experience and interest in working with children and families required.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and in team environments. 
  • Experience filming and editing video content. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud a plus.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to a diversity of stakeholders.
  • CPR/First Aid Certified (or willingness to obtain).
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus. 
  • Must pass background check and Live Scan screening.

 Applicants should submit to cgriffith@sdnhm.org a resume and cover letter that highlights your relevant experience and accomplishments, as well as the transferable skills you would bring to the Nat.  

Rate: $18 per hour

 

Reporting to the Director of Experience Design, the Exhibition Designer will be responsible for the production of schematic, conceptual and final design CAD drawings that support the content and messaging of visitor centered exhibitions. The Exhibition Designer also works closely with staff in Exhibits and Marketing to generate and present graphics as the lead for exhibit graphics design. This individual will also coordinate and support exhibit fabrication, installation and remedial work.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supports the Director of Experience Design in strategic and vision activities in collaboration with Exhibits staff to help determine and evaluate exhibit themes, target audiences, and planned location of exhibits.
  • Act as lead designer on exhibition graphics, work with the Content Developer and Marketing Department to design and produce delegated exhibition graphics.
  • Work with the Exhibit Content Developer to generate and evaluate designs in support of the exhibition content, main ideas, messaging, and stories.
  • Oversee and communicate the production schedule for exhibit elements, graphics, and the exhibit installation.
  • Prepare conceptual, schematic and final drawings for future exhibits, working closely with the Exhibits Team to determine general look and feel, materials and finishes through to detailed construction drawings.
  • Design exhibition floor plans, furniture, components, and interactives in compliance with ADA and building code best practices.
  • Produce 3D renderings and scale models to be used as collaborative spatial planning tools to help provide a common vision to guide final designs.
  • Create deliverables for presentations to exhibitions team, Executive Management, and other project stakeholders.
  • Work with the Director of Experience Design, Exhibits Fabricator, and Exhibit Project Coordinator to develop and manage exhibition budgets, installation schedules, and tracking project progress.
  • Produce detailed dimensioned drawings for individual exhibit components such as exhibit display cases, interactives and themed elements.
  • Work closely with the Exhibit Fabricator to determine best materials and methods of fabrication and prototypes.
  • Help procure materials and coordinate work with outside vendors and contractors for exhibitions.
  • Work with the Exhibit Maintenance Technician to resolve and implement remedial & maintenance modifications to exhibit elements.  
  • Oversee and participate in the installation of exhibitions.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of exhibition development, design, fabrication, and installation best practices.
  • Broad set of design skills to select exhibit color palettes, furniture, materials and finishes

  • Ability to produce both 2-D and 3-D computer rendered architectural drawings, floorplans, drawings, scale models and full-size mockups.
  • Experience working with and helping produce component spreadsheets and installation schedules.
  • Working knowledge of office computer software including in-Design, Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchUp, Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Proven ability to work on multiple projects in a collaborative environment with tight timelines.
  • Have a positive attitude and collaborate with the rest of the Museum team and its partners.
  • College degree and two or more years of museum exhibit work experience; or four years of equivalent experience.
  • Bi-lingual (desired).

 

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter that highlights your relevant experience to hr@sdnhm.org. Review of resumes will begin on August 9, 2021.

Rate: $21 per hour (non-exempt)

The Lead Educator directs natural science classes for grades 4-8 for participants in the School in the Park (SITP) program. This unique program funded by Price Philanthropies will provide weeklong science education experiences to select area students.

The Lead Educator will also be responsible for driving the development of youth and community based outdoor curriculum and programming. This includes overseeing the Museum’s Outdoor Access Fund programs, working with education team and volunteers. This position reports to the Senior Education Manager.

 MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as lead educator for School in the Park program and collaboratively teach with Museum Educator & Program Coordinator.
  • Work collaboratively with School in the Park staff to address the goals and needs of the students and program.
  • Supervise the Museum Educator & Program Coordinator: oversee plan of work, assign duties, and approve time sheet.
  • Adhere to both SITP and Museum policy and procedure to include the education department’s standard operating procedures and behavior management policy. Keep up to date with proficiency in classroom technologies to align with SITP initiatives.
  • Work with the volunteer group The Canyoneers to manage the school-based hiking program, Outdoor Access Fund. Develop new content for hikes and facilitate trainings.
  • Develop outdoor/environmental education curriculum.
  • Support summer camp program leading up to its start in June with curriculum develop and training. Teach summer camps.
  • Evaluate curriculum and work with stakeholders, Museum educators and teachers to get feedback.
  • Work with Marketing and Communications Department to create the monthly the Nat’s outdoor e-news letter.
  • Ability to work occasional nights and weekends.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of two years of experience teaching in informal or formal settings. Teaching credential a plus.
  • Background in environmental education desired.
  • Demonstrated experience writing and developing curriculum.
  • Highly organized, attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of Next Generation Science Standards a plus.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people.
  • Ability and willingness to work both independently and in team environments. 
  • Experience editing video content desired.
  • Ability to provide excellent customer service to a diversity of stakeholders.
  • CPR/First Aid Certified (or willingness to obtain).
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus. 
  • Must pass background check and Live Scan screening.

 Applicants should submit to cgriffith@sdnhm.org a resume and cover letter that highlights your relevant experience and accomplishments, as well as the transferable skills you would bring to the Nat.  

Rate: $18 per hour

The Museum Educator coordinates and facilitates programs utilizing the Museum’s exhibits and collections to ensure that guests, families and school groups have an exceptional experience. We aim to foster curiosity and a love and respect of the natural world. We use an inquiry-based approach while following current science standards. The Museum Educator must represent the San Diego Natural History Museum (the Nat) while providing an engaging learning environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Honor and uphold the Nat’s mission statement, policies and expectations.
  • Facilitate youth programs including camps, classes, workshops, tours, and drop-in activities.
  • Manage both large and small groups of students in a classroom, in museum exhibits, and outdoors.
  • Perform daily functions associated with the summer programming (40 hour per week during the month of July).  
  • Provide a secure, safe, and supportive atmosphere for program participants.
  • Organize and conduct innovative educational programs and workshops for museum visitors.
  • Prepare and organize program spaces and materials.
  • Support and communicate with staff and volunteers.
  • Assist with administrative processes to support the effective and efficient flow of programs and department projects, including some documentation and evaluation.
  • Participate and assist in the execution of museum and outreach events.
  • Cleaning and maintenance of program spaces.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications:

  • Coursework or degree in education-related field; and/or 1-2 years-experience facilitating youth-based programming. Previous museum experience a plus.
  • Experience and interest in working with children and families required.
  • Must have knowledge and a passion for environmental science and natural history, as well as a desire to educate children in an engaging way.
  • Must be positive and have a friendly, accessible manner to help children and families understand the exhibits and programs in the museum.
  • Superior organization skills, strong attention to detail and pro-active problem-solving skills.
  • Must have knowledge in creating, facilitating and generating new ideas for educational experiences. 
  • Must be vigilant about time management.
  • Excellent social and communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly with others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be flexible, patient, resourceful and accountable
  • Up-to-date first aid and CPR certification highly preferred.
  • Ability to problem-solve independently and collaborate with others
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite of programs, flexibility to learn instructional technology. Promethean a plus.
  • Fluent in English, both spoken and written form; Spanish language is a plus
  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced work environment, as well as being able to work independently and in a team. 
  • Must be able to meet physical demands of job to include walking, standing, bending, kneeling and lift and move objects.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including occasional weekends.
  • Must pass background check and Live Scan screening.

 

Position Begins: June 28, 2021

Rate: $15 per hour (non-exempt)

Contact:  Email cover letter and resume to hr@sdnhm.org

 

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.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Field monitoring of active mass grading, trenching, and other excavation activities into potentially fossil-bearing sedimentary rocks (Cenozoic and upper Mesozoic marine and/or non-marine rock units) in the greater southern California region.
  • Field monitor will work in close proximity to heavy equipment and be expected to work safely, to collect unearthed fossils, and to record relevant stratigraphic and taphonomic data.
  • Field monitoring can include working at distant locations for a week at a time, with commensurate reimbursement of per diem and mileage.
  • Opportunities for field survey work and fossil preparation are also possible.
  • Scheduled work hours are typically between the hours of 7 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday; however, work may also occur at night or on weekends.

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 April 2021

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

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:

  • Patrol, observe, and report to Facilities Supervisor and Senior Director of Operations.
  • 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 Supervisor and Senior Director of Operations.

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

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.

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