Museum Guide

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

Job Summary

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:

Essential Functions

  • 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.

Other information:

  • 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

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.