Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tour Guide Hiring and Training!!

More local hiring!  Local tour operators are getting ready for a busy summer season.  Tours include biking, wine, narration on a double decker bus and the NYC 911 museum.  If you're interested I recommend contacting the tour operators ASAP.  If you know someone else that may be interested, you're welcome to send on the information.
Looking for opportunities in your local area?  I usually recommend starting with your local CVB, Convention and Visitors Bureau, website.  Look up activities, tours, meetings, receptive services and members.  Most also have networking receptions.
If your goal is to lead international and or domestic tours you'll find the local work helpful in developing skills, confidence and networking.  Domestic, international and student tour operators are less likely to train due to the logistics and cost. 
Reminder, the final date for enrollment for the new DMC Training and Fast Track Classroom Training is approaching soon. It's a great way to get started in a career you'll love.  I hope you can make it!
Wishing you all the best.

Biking!  Wine!  Stinky Onion!  NYC! 
Tour Guide / Role of a life time Stinky Onion Tours - Chicago, IL
Looking for a great job with great pay and the perfect opportunity to utilize your unique skills? If you've answered yes to all of the above...well then, we are the company for you! We are a brand spankin' new tour company in Chicago and we're setting ourselves apart by giving unique tours guided by awesome people who reflect our company's unique personality.

What's that personality? Fun, easy going yet hard working. We strive to make every tour a one of a kind experience for our customers.

Who are we looking for exactly? Not the average guide, although experience as a tour guide is a plus, it is not a necessity. Ideally, we'd like someone who knows and loves the city and wants to learn even more about it. Most importantly, we want entertainers, storytellers, people with a great sense of humor and the ability to connect well with people.
If you feel like you fit the bill, please send a note about yourself as well as your experiences explaining why we should get in touch with you. Don't forget to demonstrate your hilarious entertaining and storytelling abilities in your description!

Museum Interpretive Guide National 9/11 Memorial and Museum - New York, NY
As members of the Education Department team, the 9/11 Memorial Museum's Interpretive Guides play a key role in the Museum's educational mission. Interpretive Guides lead artifact-based public tours to Museum visitors interested in learning about the World Trade Center, 9/11 and its precursors and aftermath, and the rebuilding of the site. Intensive initial training will be provided by Memorial Museum staff.

This schedule involves a flexible work week including weekends and evenings.

o Deliver tours centered on key artifacts throughout the Museum, discussing their background and relevance with Museum visitors and key stakeholders.
o Continued study of the Museum's collections, exhibitions, and content to ensure a thorough understanding of our institution, the World Trade Center, and the history surrounding 9/11.
o Ensure that all content delivered to Museum visitors is accurate.
o Make other presentations on behalf of the Museum, as requested.
o College degree or equivalent required
o At least 3 years' experience in education or related field working with diverse ages and audiences.
o Knowledge of educational pedagogy, differentiated instruction, and best practices in museum education preferred.
o Self-starter, takes initiative, works well independently
o Excellent communication skills
o Able to interact professionally and appropriately with staff, volunteers, and the public
o Command of a second language, including ASL, preferred
o Able to work weekends and evenings
o Ability to accept guidance, direction, and supervision; able to give feedback and share ideas appropriately and professionally
o Must adhere to a policy of strict confidentiality in terms of information regarding 9/11 victims, bid documents, security and life safety incidents, and labor relations
o Full-time position.
o Schedule involves a flexible five-day work week with weekends and evenings, as needed.
o We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package.
Application Instructions
o Include job title in the email subject field.
o Please state the location where job posting was seen.
o Send cover letter and resume by 6/20/2014 to
o Please visit our website at
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation, Inc. is committed to workforce diversity. EEO.

Bicycle and Wine Tour Guide/ Driver Gears and Grapes Getaways Inc - San Francisco, CA
In immediate need of a wine and bike enthusiastic person with sparkling personality and clean DMV record that can comfortably navigate their way around Sonoma and Napa boutique wineries with passengers in tow.
We are looking for Drivers-- folks with a class B Commerical Driving license with Passenger endorsements.
Must have a strong work ethic & be available weekends and holidays.
Only candidates with a current California Driver's license are eligible for this position. Chosen candidates should possess (or be able to quickly acquire) a class B driver's license and pass pre-employment as well as periodic random drug inspections.
Here's what we're looking for:
Full time and part time driver guides for 15 passenger vans
Must be able to work weekends
Must be able to work holidays
Drivers with a Class B license & passenger endorsement (preferred)
Must be at least 22 years old
Must be able to pass drug test

New to San Francisco? No problem -- we'll train you on tour content. We are looking for people excited about both bikes and wine. You will need to know how to change flat tires (on bikes) and talk about the wine making process. If you don't know, we can teach but priority will be given to folks that know most.
Please respond with resume and cover letter highlighting your background/interest in wine/ your experience/ knowledge of Napa and Sonoma, your bike experience and your driving experience.
Please include the following information:
1. Name & contact information
2. Date you received your CDL, if you have one
3. Number of years of commercial driving experience, if any
4. Previous guiding experience
5. Date you're available to start work

Once your email has been reviewed, we'll determine if you're a good fit. If so, we will contact you via email to setup a phone interview.

Tour Guide - Narrator Miami Open City Tour - Miami, FL
Miami Open City Tour is hiring tour guides for their double decker sightseeing tour. This is a full time position that is available immediately.
Tour guides must be able to engage guest in a fun and energetic way. Have a sense of humor, and enjoy peoples company. You will need to be comfortable with speaking for extended periods of time. Must be able to memorize a script.

Overall Responsibilities:
- Good public speaking skills
- Outgoing personality
- Willing to work weekends and holidays (our busiest time!)
- Acting experience a plus.
- Ability to stand for extended periods at a time.
- Must speak English, Spanish and foreign languages a plus

Position pays $9-10 hr. plus tips.
Please submit your work experience with your response.
New Travel Staff Training!
DMCs, destination management companies, in Southern California and around the world are amazingly busy and overwhelmed with business!    The DMC's hire local staff to assist groups as part of the CMI market (Conventions, Meetings and Incentives).  Fortune 500 companies are booking incentives and meetings, sometimes with only a couple weeks to prepare.   We have been literally working day and night assisting with double assignments, often working for a couple DMC's a day.  Last day off?   Easter....but fortunately I love the work and fellow staff!
Here's how I describe outstanding Field Staff:

            Reliable always showing up early and prepared.
            Excellent customer service skills with the ability to deliver service to professionals and the upscale clients.
            Ability to work as a team with Program Directors, clients, guests and fellow tour directors.
            Leadership and decision making skills.
            Knowledge of procedures and the industry.  (I'll help!)
            Neat and professional appearance.  (We wear uniforms during the day and black suits for night events.)
You'll receive a Certificate of Completion with skills and procedures listed and and a contact list of DMCs.  The DMCs will be invited to attend giving you a chance to meet the hiring staff and hear from each what they expect from their Field Staff.
            Date:  June 19, 2014**
            Time:  9 to 5.... longer into the evening if needed.
            Location:  Laguna Hills Marriott Courtyard
            Enrollment:  $265 - Destination Managemet Company Field Staff
                    Enrollment Click Here:
             $545-Fast Track Classroom Training

            **Deadline: June 15 and or when maximum enrollment is reached.
*If you're enrolled in the Fast Track Classroom Training the enrollment fee is included and does not require
Additional information and enrollment:
Questions?  Let me know.


When:  June 19-22, 2014 *
Time:  9 AM to 5 PM
Where:  Laguna Hills in beautiful South Orange County, California

Question?  Contact Cherie at: or call 949-830-8603 PST

*Deadline for enrollment June 15 and or when class reaches maximum enrollment.
The hotel offers discounted rates for AAA Members, Federal Employees, seniors and more.  
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