Washington State Civic Education Tour Guide (Part-Time) in Olympia, Washington


Civic Education Tour Guide (Part-Time) (Tour & Informational Services Coordinatior 1)

This recruitment will be used to fill multiple tour guide positions. The appointment length will last approximately from December through May. Hours are normally 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

This posting may be used to fill multiple positions. The Hiring Manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is your best interest to apply as soon as possible. The first round of application screening will begin immediately!

Are you an educational professional, recently retired teacher or a skilled professional who enjoys engaging and educating people of all ages? Do you enjoy presenting relevant and meaningful civic education information that will promote thoughtful and participatory citizenship in state government? Do you just enjoy educating, engaging and interacting with K-12 students, teachers and parents in a dynamic and historical setting? If you are, then please read on.

Allow us to explain why you, a skilled professional, would want this unique job.

You're educating future citizens – as a Civic Education Tour Guide (Tour & Information Services Coordinator 1) for State Capitol Visitor Services, you will be educating and guiding future Washington State citizens. You will guide students from all over the state as they visit their state's capitol and learn the role and importance of state government.

You can help make a difference –Your professional presentation skills will allow you to make a difference in the lives of countless visitors who enter the Washington State Capitol Building seeking information on government and building history/architecture. You will impart to them important and relevant information of civic education and history that may have a profound impact on their future.

You'll never get bored! –You will work in a fast paced environment with like-minded trained and dedicated tour professionals. In Visitor Services, we all come together as a team to collaborate, plan, coordinate and deliver a high quality civic educational experience for students and adults.

If this type of unique challenge sounds interesting to you, we invite you to visit us on Facebook, contact us, or better yet, apply today!


The Civic Education Tour Guide works within the State Capitol Visitor Services program and conducts guided informational and educational tours of the Capitol campus and surrounding buildings. The incumbent must be personable and comfortable coordinating and speaking in front of large and small groups and able to assist with campus events.

Duties include:

  • Conduct guided tours of the Capitol campus, buildings, grounds and memorials for large and small groups. Groups may be made up of K-12 school children, teachers, parents, adults, international, senior citizens and VIP visitors.
  • Must be able to manage and provide clear behavior expectations to K-12 students.
  • Prepare and develop tour plans for single or multiple class visits.
  • Provide pre-visit information to teachers through phone calls or emails.
  • Must be able to comfortably utilize computer and cell phone technology for position purposes.
  • Establish and maintain contact with teachers and other tour sponsors.
  • Develop and maintain a positive professional rapport with legislative representatives and their assistants.
  • Conduct tours for students and visitors with disabilities which require being familiar with limitations of facilities and special needs of visitors.
  • Must be able to push a wheelchair to tour destinations throughout the West Capitol Campus.
  • Assist with school bus and vehicle, parking, loading and unloading.
  • Maintain a calm attitude and flexibility in emergent or unusual situations.
  • Work amicably with other session tour guides, Visitor Services staff, supervisor, program manager and others.
  • Provide weekend tour and event support as needed.
  • Maintain a commitment to the safety of students and visitors and the security of campus facilities. Work Environment These positions work within the State Capitol Visitor Services program and conduct guided informational and educational tours of the Capitol Campus and surrounding buildings. Travel between buildings maintaining control of large groups of people, sometimes in inclement weather is required. The incumbents must be able to stand and/or walk up to three hours at a time on hard floor surfaces, and walk up and down stairs (sometimes up to four flights of stairs at a time). These positions maintain order and management of large groups of up to 50 individuals or more and must be able to speak clearly and effectively for long periods of time. The ability to move/or lift 25 pounds is necessary. Qualifications


At least two (2) years of professional public speaking or tour guide experience to a diverse audience.

In addition to the required qualifications, the outstanding candidates will possess the following competencies:

  • Ability to guide, manage, interact and present information to K-12 student groups
  • Ability to manage large and small groups
  • Ability to present complex information, convey ideas and facts and use language the audience will understand
  • Knowledge of Washington State history, legislative process and state government
  • Skilled at organizing information, managing records, and research
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with using MS Office Suite software PREFERRED:

  • Bachelor's degree in education, political science, museum studies, history or a related field

  • Three (3) or more years of working in a school, museum, historical home and cultural center
  • Professional experience in verbal presentations, organizational skills, time management and behavior management Supplemental Information

How To Apply:

Please click on the green "Apply" button on the upper right hand corner of this job announcement. In addition to completing the online application, applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be consider for this position:

  • A chronological resumethat demonstrates your related presentation and tour guide experience as well as your relevant education
  • A letter of interest that describes whyyou are interested in this specific position and whyyou think you are a top candidate for the job
  • A list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information Failure to include the items requested above may disqualify your application from consideration.

Veteran's Preference

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran's Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.

Note: Applicants claiming veteran's preference points must attach the documentation with each on-line application. If you do not provide appropriate documentation to qualify for these preference points, the points will not be awarded.

For additional information on Veteran's Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or jobs@des.wa.gov.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need assistance with their application or that need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access theWashington Relay Service.

Job Type: Part Time - Non-Permanent

Job Number: 2016-VIS-001

Department: Dept. of Enterprise Services

Closing: 11/7/2016 12:00 AM Pacific

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $13.34 - $17.21 Hourly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA