Job Title: Museum Guide
Location: American Philosophical Society (104 S. 5th Street)
Division/Department: Library & Museum Programming, Education Department
Reports To (Title of Position): Michael Madeja, Head of Education Programs
Help visitors explore the collections of the American Philosophical Society (next to Independence Hall) as a paid Museum Guide.
The APS Library & Museum seeks a reliable and friendly Museum Guide to engage, educate, and inform guests in the gallery of our museum exhibitions. Learn more about our upcoming exhibition “Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist” here:
- Greeting and welcoming diverse visitors from around the world.
- Orienting visitors to Philosophical Hall, the Society’s historic headquarters located on Independence Square and the site of our exhibition gallery.
- Interpreting the exhibition and answering visitors’ questions.
- Monitoring the gallery to ensure the safety of our visitors, facilities, and exhibition.
- Offering occasional guided gallery tours to small, pre-arranged groups, conference attendees, and other visitors to Philadelphia.
- Assisting with public programs as needed, educating guests about program topics and providing instruction.
- Mastering and sharing new information and content related to the exhibitions in a friendly, accessible manner.
- Handling money and inventory for sales and daily administration.
Job Requirements and Qualifications
- Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Must have some visitor experience or customer service training (museum experience preferred but not required)
- Equivalent experience or working towards a B.A./B.S./B.S.Ed. preferred
- Interest in the humanities, sciences, education, and museum studies very desirable
Pay and Hours:
This is a paid, part-time, seasonal hourly position, April through December (with paid training in March). The pay rate is $15/hr with opportunities for advancement. Guides are expected to work at least one day a week and cannot exceed 25 hours/week. Guides usually work between 8 to 20 hours per week.
We are looking for an individual willing to work a flexible schedule on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; some evenings and holidays required.
- Museum guides report directly to the Head of Education Programs.
- Guides often stand, sit, and occasionally lift boxes/heavy objects throughout a single shift.
- The interview will be with the Head of Education Programs, Museum Education Coordinator, and, if available, the Museum Managers in a standard format (questions and conversation). If this changes, those asked to interview will be informed.
- No need to be an extrovert. We do, however, ask for personable, approachable, and friendly guides.
- Criminal background checks required upon hire. If you have not done these in the past, staff will assist you with the process. Any costs can be reimbursed.
- We are looking for a team player with a good sense of humor who can contribute to a flexible team.
- After February 2, certain applicants will be invited to interview. We hope to have new team members solidified by mid-to-late February. Orientation and Training (both paid) begin in Mid-March.
The APS values diversity in its many forms and seeks to recruit a diverse cohort of Museum Guides.
How to apply:
Please e-mail (as three separate attachments) a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Michael Madeja, Head of Education Programs, at [email protected].
Write in the subject of your email: “Museum Guide Application – Name.”
Applications will be accepted through Sunday, February 2.
No phone calls. Applications received after that date (2/2) will not be accepted or reviewed.
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The American Philosophical Society reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time. We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion or national origin.