This is a full-time, exempt position, responsible for the continued development and use of Anthropology’s ethnographic collections. The Museum’s ethnographic collections encompass material culture from much of Western North America with smaller components from Mexico and Central America. Holdings include more than 1000 baskets, about 500 textiles, 300 leather items, 250 examples of pottery, 250 wooden objects, and 500 artifacts of other types. Research and collections especially emphasize Chumash and other California Indian groups. We seek an energetic individual who will promote the accessibility of these collections through the Museum’s education programs, exhibits and public outreach.
Minimum requirements include an advanced degree in Anthropology or related field with expertise in Ethnography, and multi-year experience with museum collections and management techniques. Familiarity with collections database software and grant writing is desirable. The candidate should be familiar with Native American cultures, a good communicator, able to converse with the public, and pursue scholarly research.
About Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is Santa Barbara’s first museum. Since that time, the Museum has grown steadily in all programs, establishing major collections in anthropology, earth sciences, and zoology, producing major scientific works in these fields, and eventually playing a leadership role in the emerging field of environmental action. The Museum’s Education Department offers a wide array of dynamic and innovative educational programs to K-12 students and adults. In all, the Museum has maintained a careful balance between regional focus and global perspective. In addition to its expanding role as a visitor attraction, the Museum serves approximately 50,000 people annually through our education programs and classes.