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 Science to Inspire 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
The Museum is accepting applications for the following positions:

  • Fund Development and Community Engagement Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Fund Development and Community Engagement Manager

Are you a confident fundraiser and with experience sustaining a broad base of community support?  Are you a creative leader with a personal or professional commitment to connecting people with nature and science to inspire stewardship of the natural world?  If so, we invite you come join our energetic team of staff and Board members at a pivotal point in our organizational history, as we continue to transform the museum into a dynamic, thriving learning center.

This is an exceptional opportunity to play a key role in our growth and new vision. Building upon a rich history, strong programs and  partnerships, broad community support, a dedicated Board, and committed staff team, the incoming Fund Development and Community Engagement Manager will oversee the stewardship of our donor and foundation network and expansion of our funding strategies and partnerships that will allow us to connect donors to the tangible difference their contributions are making locally.  

For more details and application information, please refer to the full job announcement here: Fund Development and Community Engagement Manager (PDF).


Volunteer Coordinator

Our Volunteer Program is deeply rooted in our core value of building community around a shared curiosity for and appreciation of the natural environment.  The Museum is committed to providing relevant and impactful volunteer opportunities that allow our community to directly engage in environmental stewardship and gain skills through enrichments and training. By reducing barriers to service, implementing innovative recruitment strategies, and providing diverse volunteer opportunities, we aim to build a team of committed and diverse community members that provide high quality service on behalf of the Museum.

The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, coordinating, training, and celebrating volunteers in support of the Museum and its programs in collections, education, exhibits, visitor services, and outreach.  The ideal candidate will be experienced in working with volunteers and will have great organizational and interpersonal skills. Above that, they will have a love of nature and will enjoy being part of a close team whose primary goal is to engage people of all ages in the fascination of the natural world.

For more details and application information, please refer to the full job announcement here: Volunteer Coordinator (PDF).