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: https://www.amphilsoc.org/museum/exhibitions/dr-franklin-citizen-scientist-0
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.