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:  Executive Director

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. 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.


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