The Dubuque County Historical Society operates the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, National Rivers Hall of Fame, the Mathias Ham House Historical Site, and the Dubuque Guide Service. The Museum & Aquarium serves over 200,000 people a year, including several thousand more each year at its historic sites and tours, telling the story of the Mississippi River and the History of the Dubuque and Tri-state area.
Greater than 90 full and part time employees and over 500 volunteers.
Position Title: Tour Guide/Educator
Start Date: Spring 2018
Pay Rate: $9.00 per hour
The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) is seeking enthusiastic and charismatic individuals to deliver the story of the Mighty Mississippi to visitors of all ages while leading school tours and staffing key exhibits.
This position is part of the education team, which plans, coordinates, and implements a variety of educational offerings including group tours, school programs, day camps, special events, and general interpretation for museum visitors.
- Lead guided tours 2-6 hours in duration for pre-K through 12th grade school groups
- Interpret environmental and cultural stories of the Mississippi River
- Answer questions and assist visitors at a variety of exhibits on campus
- Optional: assist with museum summer camps, overnights, and other events.
- Excellent communication skills
- A high level of enthusiasm, reliability, and self-motivation
- A desire, commitment, and willingness to work with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities
- A desire to excite visitors about all aspects of the Mississippi River
- A background in education, biology, history, drama, communications or related field
The NMRMA offers guided tours for school groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Most groups visit between 9:00am and 2:30pm; tour guides must be available for this entire timeframe during one or more tour days each week. The number of hours available per week will vary seasonally.
The NMRMA is open daily from 10am to 5pm (9am to 6pm during the summer). Museum educators may be required to work some weekends. The number of hours available per week will vary seasonally.