The San Diego Natural History Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Invertebrate Paleontologist

Position Summary:

The Invertebrate Paleontologist will increase the scientific significance of the SDNHM paleontology collection by applying his/her knowledge of marine invertebrate taxonomy to curate uncatalogued Baja California, Mexico fossil invertebrates as part of a grant funded, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Collections Stewardship project.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

The Invertebrate Paleontologist will curate (identify, organize, and database) marine invertebrate fossils from Baja California, Mexico.  The collections are mostly restricted to marine Cenozoic, molluscan faunas of the northeastern Pacific region. The successful candidate will need to be familiar with molluscan taxonomy and be experienced with using appropriate library and internet references to assist in taxonomic identification.

Duties Include:

  • Identifying marine invertebrate fossils from Baja California and utilizing relevant resources to assist in taxonomic identification.
  • Using geological maps and literature of Baja California to become acquainted with relevant sedimentary rock units.
  • Assisting collection managers with compiling and databasing SDNHM Baja California fossil localities.
  • Becoming familiar with department procedures for curating fossils.
  • Learning and becoming proficient with the department’s current collection data entry program (dbaseIII) and future collection data entry program (Specify).
  • Working with the curator, collections managers, and other department staff to produce a quality curation product.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science in geology, biology, or related field
  •  Masters of Science preferred
  • Academic emphasis in paleontology, sedimentary geology, or marine invertebrate biology
  • Background in marine Cenozoic molluscan taxonomy of the northeastern Pacific region
  • Experience working in a museum paleontology department
  • Strong verbal and communication skills, including scientific writing
  • Proven organizational ability and attention to detail
  • Experience using Microsoft Excel and Word, and Adobe Photoshop
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds


This is a full time, temporary, approximately 1/2 year position, beginning in late Spring of 2016 with a rate of pay of $21.00 per hour and a generous benefits package. 

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email “IP Application- YOUR LAST NAME.FIRST INITIAL” (example: IP Application-Smith. P.) No phone calls or drop ins please.


Museum Educator

Position Summary:

The Museum Educator will provide dynamic mission driven education programs and public programs to grades K-12 using an interactive, engaging, participatory style reflecting inquiry-based teaching methods and supporting the unique curatorial voice of the NAT.

Primary Functions and Major Responsibilities:

The Museum Educator will primarily facilitate hands-on classes at school sites and occasionally, hands-on classes at the Museum. Primary concentration will be on education programs for school groups. In addition, he/she will participate in public programs and will provide instruction for winter, spring, and/or summer camps.

Duties include:

  • Primary focus will be to facilitate the Museum’s natural science program offerings. Museum Educator should expect to facilitate and participate in a wide variety of education and/or public programs fitting with our mission and the Museum’s collection. Additional programming includes but is not limited to, camps, family days, birthday parties and public outreach events.
  • Museum Educator may be asked to design, develop, update, and/or evaluate current education programs or curriculum
  • Inspire students in a positive and engaging manner to create a dialog among students
  • Establish and maintain a professional rapport with classroom teachers, school staff, and Museum staff
  • Represent oneself and the Museum in a professional, respectful, and courteous manner
  • Maintain a safe environment in classrooms, offices, exhibitions, and education facilities
  • Preparation, instruction, and clean-up of any rooms and/or material used during education programs
  • Communicate any restocking and/or updating that may be needed in any of the hands-on kits to appropriate staff
  • Other duties as assigned


  • B.S. degree in Education, Environmental Science, or a related field
  • 2-3 years of related experience working in a public setting or informal education organization is preferred
  • Background working in a public setting – implementing programs with children and adults
  • Experience teaching elementary and/or middle school formal or informal classes preferred
  • Demonstrated handling of oneself in a professional manner
  • Bi-lingual in English and Spanish a plus
  • Knowledge of current MS Office applications: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Working knowledge of Promethean or Smart Boards a plus
  • Ability to climb stairs, stand upwards for several hours at a time, lift up to 30 pounds frequently, work and/or type at a desk for several hours at a time
  • Current driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes weekdays and weekends as need
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision and in a collaborative environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

To apply please submit resume, cover letter outlining your experience, and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. Please include the following in the subject line of your email “ME Application- YOUR LAST NAME.FIRST INITIAL” (example: ME Application-Smith. P.) No phone calls or drop ins please.


Custodian, Part Time

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking enthusiastic and friendly part time (up to 24 hours per week) 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. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Clean restrooms
  • Clean floors
  • Trash removal
  • Clean windows, exhibit cases
  • Dust


  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Janitorial experience preferred
  • Able to read, write and converse fluently in English

Weekends, holidays, and some evenings are required. The San Diego Natural History Museum is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Custodians enjoy free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo.

To apply please submit resume and three professional references to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop ins please.


Exhibits Carpentry Assistant

Position Summary:
We are currently fabricating exhibition elements to be installed in our newly remodeled 3,000 square foot library exhibition space. This involves building furnishings and exhibit elements that will display examples from our unique library collections. The Exhibits Carpentry Assistant will take direction from our Exhibits Fabricator and report to the Director of Traveling Exhibits and Exhibit Services.

Primary functions and responsibilities:
The Exhibits Carpentry Assistant is a short-term position that will run through the end of June 2016, and will work in support of our Exhibit Fabricator to fabricate finest-quality furnishings, which will house sensitive exhibition materials. The successful candidate will be well versed in shop and tool safety, proper use of both portable and stationary power tools and work well within a team environment.

Duties include:

  • Assist exhibit fabricator with constructing exhibit furnishings for the library.
  • Basic carpentry, such as cutting wood to size, sanding, fitting wood components, assembly and gluing of final furnishing, varnishing.
  • Install the finished pieces in the exhibition space.
  • Safe use of a wide variety of power tools and hand tools, including, but not limited to table saw, panel saw, drill press, band saw, planer, and sander.
  • Maintain a clean and stocked fabrication shop, reporting shop needs to supervisor.


  • Desire to learn and contribute to a team-oriented work environment.
  • Patience and good communication skills are essential.
  • Carpentry experience and familiarity with fabrication shop safety procedures are fundamental.
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Able to read, write and converse fluently in English.

This position will require a 28 hour per week commitment through June 30th, 2016, with a $15/hour pay rate.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume, and professional references to hr@sdnhm.org.


The San Diego Natural History Museum is operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private non-profit scientific organization founded 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. 

The San Diego Natural History Museum is looking to hire an entomologist.  This is a temporary, part-time position (one year), with the possibility of time extensions if funded work continues.

Position Summary:

The entomologist position is a temporary, part-time position, with variable hours, to perform field and laboratory entomological collection and identification tasks. 

Responsibilities include:

  • Field collection of arthropod specimens.
  • Laboratory identification of arthropod specimens.
  • Preparing specimens to be accessioned into the collection.
  • Working with taxonomic keys to identify arthropods to genus and species.
  • Unsupervised work in remote areas.
  • Recording data and assisting with report writing.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • A graduate degree in entomology or a related field; or bachelor’s degree with commensurate experience.
  • Must demonstrate experience managing projects that include field and laboratory arthropod sampling and identification.
  • Must demonstrate experience keying out arthropods to genus and species.
  • Must be willing to work unsupervised in remote areas. 

Time Commitment:  This position is expected to continue for one year, with the possibility of an extension should funded work continue to be available.

Pay:  $20.00/hour

To Apply:  Please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, résumé, and three references to hr@sdnhm.org . Applications will be reviewed beginning February 1, 2016 and will continue until positions are filled.