Employment Opportunities

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Under the guidance of its Board of Directors, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History operates  in support of its Mission: Connecting People with Nature and Inspiring Stewardship of the Natural World.

The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History has been connecting people to the wonders of the natural world for over 100 years. Through our extraordinary location, interactive displays, engaging programs, and special collections, the Museum highlights the region’s diverse natural history, from the shores of the Monterey Bay to the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Current Openings:  Executive Director; Education Coordinator – Field Programs


Executive Director
We are seeking an experienced and innovative leader to be our Executive Director. This skilled individual will direct our Museum guided by our new multi-year strategic plan. They will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff in meeting identified fundraising, marketing, programmatic, and financial goals and objectives. The Museum has recently been in a period of major growth and revitalization. Candidates are sought who have creative spirit, steady motivation and are ready to lead our organization, strengthening our presence in the community and asserting our relevancy as a dynamic learning institution for science education anchored in nature.

Please view the complete job description for further details: SCMNH Executive Director Position Description

To Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and detailed resume to: employment@santacruzmuseum.org

Please submit using the subject line: Executive Director.

Or, you may send your application via postal mail to:

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Attn: Human Resources
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

This position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin in late July 2018. All applications will be kept confidential. Please no phone calls regarding this position.

This is a full-time exempt position. Salary will be commensurate with experience.


Education Coordinator – Field Programs
Under the supervision of the Education Manager, the Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the Museum’s offsite education programs. Applicants should be reliable, flexible and personable; experienced in outdoor education, possess strong communication and interpersonal skills; exhibit professional manner at all times; be responsible and trustworthy; able to work as a team player; and excited about upholding the mission of the Museum.  This position is a year-round, 40 hours per week position, pay is $16-$17/hour (DOE), eligible for full benefits.

Please view the complete job description for further details: Education Coordinator Position Description

To Apply:

Interested candidates can apply by submitting a cover letter and detailed resume to: employment@santacruzmuseum.org

Please submit using the subject line: Education Coordinator

Or, you may send your application via postal mail to:

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Attn: Human Resources
1305 East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Please Note:  Submissions will be accepted through August 31, 2018, however the position will be open until filled.  Early submissions are encouraged. Please direct questions relating to this position to Angela Ward employment@santacruzmuseum.org

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The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is an equal opportunity employer.