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Renegade Tour Guides in Chicago

NO PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, OR SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES: We love that you are enthusiastic and want to learn more about the job or the progress of your application. But please, no phone calls, emails, or social media messages. We only accept applications via our job website.

 

We want charismatic, outgoing, passionate, museum-loving folks... with a touch of renegade flair.

 

ABOUT MUSEUM HACK

Museum Hack has conquered NYC, DC, SF and LA, and we're kicking butt in the Second City. It’s time to keep the museum party going!! We need more awesome Chicago-area residents to join our team as part-time tour guides for our “unconventional” museum adventures.

 

We craft amazing museum experiences for museum skeptics. Our best tour guides are not the center of attention -- they make the Museum the star attraction. We lead with passion and charisma. The joke is, "We do museum tours for people who don't like museums."

 

Museum Hack uses the world class collection at incredible museums around the world as our playground to create "un-highlights tours" that focus on hidden works, oddities, and saucy stories. Museum Hack guides combine these stories with antics and quirky activities that get you to think about the museum experience in new ways. We also consult for Fortune 500s and top museums worldwide, and do team building for groups in museums. (We promise, it’s super-fun.)

 

You will lead small groups of adults on a fast-paced, spirited journey through Chicago-area museums. We want guides who can share the juicy stories and fascinating histories of their selected objects in an engaging, sassy and succinct way.

 

You'll have lots of creative freedom and independence in the content you create, and support from the Museum Hack team to keep it within our defined style. You'll get to work with some of the coolest people around. You'll have monthly trainages and hangages to increase your own skills and explore Chicago on our dime. Plus, the tours are fucking fun.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Background in one or more of the following:
    • Theater, Improv
    • Debate
    • Teaching (if you were Robin Williams in Dead Poets society)
    • Making passionate speeches about nerdy subjects to your friends
    • Being Awesome
    • Museum Education and Science Communication
  • Warm, friendly, eager, a "people person" with excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to think on your feet, be a self-starter, and a research junkie to develop your own content and tour route (our guides research and create their own tours, and they always find the best stuff).
  • Desire to help wide-eyed tourists,hip Chicago residents and cool corporate professionals experience museums in a very fun way.
  • Attention to detail :- )

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must have flexible daytime availability (including weekends). We book private and corporate tours during the week, and run regular weekend tours.
  • Must be able to stand for 2 hours, carry a heavy bag and race through museum spaces at top speeds.
  • Must be a Chicago resident -- or be able to reliably get to Chicago.
  • Must be able to work in the U.S.

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

If you're passionate about art, antiquities, science, history and research, and if you're great at storytelling and working a small crowd, then you definitely belong in our family of Museum Hackers.

 

APPLICATION BONUS POINTS

Send us a link to a short YouTube video of yourself (1 minute or less) telling us about something you're OBSESSED with right now! Video applications will get priority viewing!

 

PAY RATE

  • $32/hr for leading tours
  • $22/hr for assisting tours with another guide, administrative work including post-tour emails and occasional training
  • If selected to proceed from this interview process, you'll be contracted as an Independent Contractor to develop your own tour, which will act as our “final audition” before hiring you as a part-time employee.

 

IMPORTANT: If you have a steady full-time 9-5 type job, or have no weekday daytime availability, can't stand for more than 2 hours, or can't be at the museum on the weekends, please do not apply.

 

NO PHONE CALLS, EMAILS, OR SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGES: We love that you are enthusiastic and want to learn more about the job or the progress of your application. But please, no phone calls, emails, or social media messages. We only accept applications via our job website.

 

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