Job Squad: Museum Guide, American Philosophical Society

Help visitors explore the treasures of the American Philosophical Society (next to
Independence Hall) as a paid Museum Guide.

The APS 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 “In Franklin’s Footsteps: 275 Years at the American Philosophical Society”
here: https://www.amphilsoc.org/museum/exhibitions/franklins-footsteps- 275-years-
american-philosophical- society

Applicant requirements:
Must have a high school degree, GED, or equivalent.
Must have some visitor experience or customer service training.
Equivalent experience or working towards a B.A./B.S./B.S.Ed, preferred.
Coursework in the humanities, sciences, education, and museum studies very desirable.

Salary and Hours:
This is a paid, part-time, seasonal hourly position, April through December (with paid
training in March). The pay rate is $12/hr with opportunities for advancement. Guides are expected to work at least one day a week and cannot exceed 25 hours/week.
We are looking for an individual willing to work a flexible schedule on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Museum hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm and 10:00am to 5:00pm during the summer; some evenings and holidays required.

Duties include:

  • 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 where needed.
  • 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.

Other information:

  • Museum guides report directly to the Museum Education Coordinator.
  • The interview will be with the Museum Education Coordinator 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.
  • We are looking for a team-player who can contribute to a flexible team. We like to
    have fun, so a good sense of humor helps!
  • After February 1, certain applicants will be invited to interview. Hoping to have
    new team members solidified by mid-to- late February. Orientation and Training
    (both paid) begin in Mid-March.

Please e-mail (as separate attachments) a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Michael Madeja, Museum Education Coordinator, at museumeducation@amphilsoc.org.
Please write in the subject of your email: “Application for Museum Guide.”
Applications will be accepted through Thursday, February 1. No phone calls.

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.

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