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18 Dec 2023

Temporary Mammalogist

San Diego Natural History Museum – Posted by kmitchell@sdnhm.org San Diego, California, United States

Job Description

The San Diego Natural History Museum is run and operated by the San Diego Society of Natural History, a private non-profit scientific organization incorporated 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. Within the Museum, the Department of Bioservices coordinates contracting for biological surveys and monitoring of the region’s birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, plants, and invertebrates, with an emphasis on applied ecological research.

Mammalogist Position

The Department of Bioservices at the San Diego Natural History Museum has an opening for a Field Mammalogist to assist with contracted field work. This position is a full time (40 hours per week), term position, for a period of 18 months (ending 30 June 2025). The term may be extended pending suitable funding. All work is funded through grants and contracts.


Conduct field investigations of mammals throughout the region, including remote areas.  Work in remote areas may require camping at field sites.  Anticipated upcoming work includes surveys and monitoring of rare and endangered species, utilizing camera traps, track tubes, and Sherman live traps for studying the mammal fauna of both coastal and desert areas.  Applicants must be experienced in identifying the mammals, including rodents, of southern California both in the hand and through photos and sign.

Other duties may include data entry and analysis, and report writing.

  • A M.S. in biology or a related discipline, or a combination of professional experience and biological    knowledge equivalent to a graduate degree.
  • Extensive knowledge of the mammal fauna of San Diego County and surrounding regions.
  • Experience utilizing standard mammal survey techniques and equipment.
  • 10(a) and state SCP permits to work with rare species preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of GIS mapping, and/or statistical analyses of data sets is preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs., and hike up to three miles in rough terrain.
  • Have a valid Driver’s License and a clean driving record.

In compliance with the San Diego Natural History Museum’s mandatory vaccination policy, the Museum requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accommodations based on medical and religious exemptions will be considered.

This is a full-time, temporary, non-exempt position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 15 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums as well as free admission to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

Pay: $29.17/hour.

Start date: 1 February 2024

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How to Apply

Please submit resumes and cover letter to hr@sdnhm.org. No phone calls or drop-ins, please.

Job Types: Temporary. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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