Friday, December 4, 2015

Sacramento History Museum - Tour Guide

This is not a library position, but it would look really good on the resume of anyone applying for a job. It is in a related field.
Tour Guide

Please read the following job description carefully before applying.

The Sacramento History Museum is looking for reliable self-starters with can-do attitudes, integrity, enthusiasm, a sense of fun and a driven work ethic to lead Underground Tours, Gold Rush Experience Walking Tours and Underground After Hours Adult Tours in the Old Sacramento Historic District.  Tour Guides must be professional, have experience working with the public, possess excellent customer service skills, and have an interest in history, theater and education.
Preferential consideration will be given to those with college-level coursework in history, theater, education, or to those with tour guide experience.

Duties include:

  • Speaking to large groups in a clear, organized, and creative way, as you guide them through the District
  • Returning tour groups to the Museum in a timely manner
  • Answering visitors’ questions based on knowledge of Old Sacramento History
  • Participating in tour guide training
  • Reading the interpretive plan and using it to develop a unique 50-minute long tour
  • Assisting the Tour Coordinators with ticket sales, equipment collection, and other tour logistics
  • Successful candidates will be reliable, enthusiastic, energetic, articulate, good public speakers, friendly, and responsible. 
  • Applicants able to speak multiple languages, including American Sign Language, are encouraged to apply. 
  • Candidates should keep in mind that this is a part-time position. 
  • Tour Guide shifts are created as needed. 
  • Guides should be prepared to work as few as zero and as many as 15 hours a week but must be available to work at least three shifts a month.
Tour Guides should be able to:
  • Walk on stairs and uneven surfaces
  • Lift 25 pounds
  • Unlock/lock buildings and return keys to the proper location at end of the shift
  • Understand and appreciate Sacramento’s history
  • Research to expand your knowledge
  • Remain calm and in charge of the group, and respond quickly to questions and emergencies
  • Arrive for shifts on time, and be counted on to carry out tour assignments
  • Work without the aid of museum staff or volunteers on the tour route
  • Vary tours by interpretation, choice of information, and needs of the tour group
  • Present tours in period-appropriate clothing
  • Work evenings and weekends as needed
  • Have an email address and check it regularly for tour program updates
Note: those with compromised immune systems, such as asthma and allergies, should consider carefully before applying.

To apply, please download and fill out the Tour GuideApplication 2015

Completed applications should be returned to or   
Applications may also be faxed to (916) 808-5100 or mailed to the Sacramento History Museum, 101 “I” Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, c/0 Steve Rossi and Shawn Turner.

Questions?  Please contact Shawn Turner at

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