Program Manager, Internship/Mentoring Program

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Los Angeles County Museum Of Natural History Foundation


900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Job Description: 

Program Manager, Internship/Mentoring Program

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) is seeking a Program Manager to oversee and help implement a four-year, grant-funded mentoring program for postbaccalaureate participants. The “UNLAB” Program (details below) is a workforce development, internship-style program that will host three different cohorts of 8-12 mentees in year-long, research-focused placements at the museum. In addition to managing the day-to-day logistics of the Program, the Program Manager will work with the UNLAB Steering Committee and participating mentors to support participants and their experiences in the program, sustaining a culture of engagement, inclusion, and shared learning.


The position reports to the Director, Volunteer & Internship Programs within the Education & Programs Department, and will work closely with staff of the Research & Collections Department. This full-time, temporary position’s end date is the culmination of the 4-year grant period. The position will be largely onsite rather than remote, with occasional evening and weekend commitments to support Program experiences.


The NHMLAC values and endeavors to support diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within its organization and communities. Candidates who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse, a woman, a person with a disability, a veteran, and/or a part of the LGBTQAI+ community are welcome and encouraged to apply.


More about the UNLAB Program: Funded by the National Science Foundation, this program, “Understanding Nature and Los Angeles Biodiversity (UNLAB) through Museum Collections and Field-based Research,” seeks to contribute to the development of a competitive and diverse workforce by specifically recruiting participants from communities currently underrepresented in the natural sciences and museum studies. Over four years, the program will employ three different cohorts of postbaccalaureate mentees. For each year-long cohort, participants will be paired with NHMLAC curators to conduct research and develop professional skills, supported by other staff and external co-mentors. More information about the funded NSF award may be found here:

The Program Manager duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing the UNLAB project, including coordination and communication between and among UNLAB internal and external mentors, mentees, and other stakeholders.
  • Working with the Steering Committee and principal investigators (PIs) in mentee recruitment efforts and serving as the point person for applications to the program and public inquiries.
  • Supporting supervisory oversight of each cohort of 8–12 mentees, including placement, individual project development, and coaching/feedback.
  • Maintaining mentee engagement activities and a safe and supportive environment specifically catered to those groups underrepresented in the natural sciences.
  • Providing routine check-ins with mentees and coordinating activities that offer skill training, professional development, and emotional support, with the goal of maintaining high morale.
  • Cultivating a culture of shared learning and support for mentees and other participants, ensuring clear expectations and enriching experiences for all involved.


This position has the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree, B.S. or B.A., such as in Biology, Geology/Paleontology, Earth Science, Ecology, Museum Studies, Environmental Education, Environmental Studies, etc., or in a field related to organization and personnel management.
  • Ability to speak to the experience of completing an undergraduate degree as a member of an underrepresented group or community.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and manage complex projects.
  • Familiarity with Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) principles and experience with IDEA training and/or initiatives.
  • Direct experience overseeing and coordinating staff, volunteers, teams, and associated project resources.
  • Experience with and openness to working with a wide variety of people.
  • Ability to communicate compassionately and engage in collegial relationships across groups and with outside partnerships.


The hourly rate for this position is fixed at $26/hour with the potential for overtime and is will have access to the full suite of benefits offered to full-time staff members. Cost of living adjustment will be discussed annually. This position is a full-time temporary, non-exempt position. The end date is the culmination of the 4-year grant period.



Applicants are asked to submit a current resume or CV and a cover letter that shares your interest in the position. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates, please visit and click the link of the position for which you are interested or go directly to the online application.

The NHMLAC has a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for staff requiring that all staff receive the vaccine for COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Exemptions for documented medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief may be requested.

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