Museum Guide

  • Temporary
  • Madison

Website University of Wisconsin

JOB NO:257886-TE

JOB SUMMARY: Centrally located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the Chazen Museum of Art is home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin and is the largest collecting museum in the Big 10. Within its 176,000 square feet of museum space is a collection of approximately 23,000 works of art covering diverse historical periods, cultures, and geographic locations. Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are essential to the Chazen’s mission.

Reporting to the Head of Museum Education, this position is responsible for greeting and guiding visitors to the Chazen Museum, answering questions, and providing information about the building and collection.

Escort groups of visitors through historic or other public buildings, gardens and grounds, or scenic spots; provide information on points of interest; and perform work as required. Duties could include leading a group of visitors through an establishment, usually following a specific route and time schedule; giving prepared information on features of interest; answering inquiries of visitors; collecting fees, registering visitors, or serving as a receptionist; may occasionally do a limited amount of dusting and cleaning.

RESPONSIBILITIES: – Work in collaboration with currently enrolled UW-Madison student museum guides to develop and deliver tour content to groups of all ages (40%)
– Conduct light research of the Chazen Museum of Art’s collection (10%)
– Speak publicly about art to visitors of all ages and backgrounds (40%)
– Monitor the behavior of tour groups and ensure groups are in compliance with the rules (5%)
– Support the Visitor Services team and monitor the galleries and/or registration desks as needed (5%)
INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENT ON DIVERSITY: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

EDUCATION: Preferred
H.S. Diploma
Previous experience leading group activities and public speaking
Enthusiasm for engaging with art and art history
Ability to be self-directed
Ability to be reliable and well-planned regarding schedule
Ability to solve problems in flexible, creative ways
COVID-19 CONSIDERATIONS: UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.
WORK SCHEDULE: 8-12 hours per week; varies by needs; mandatory weekly training sessions
Schedule: Schedules are based on submitted availability and museum needs. General availability Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM; occasional weekends and evenings. Occasional summer and academic break availability desired, but not required.
WORK TYPE: It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
APPOINTMENT TYPE, DURATION: Terminal appointment.
This position has the possibility to be extended based on need and/or funding.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Multiple positions are available, with a maximum duration of up to two years.
HOW TO APPLY: Please provide a resume, cover letter, and list of references. Your cover letter should include at least one paragraph outlining your interest in becoming a museum guide. Additional details on availability are helpful, but not required.
CONTACT: Candie Waterloo
[email protected]
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

OFFICIAL TITLE: Assistant Guide(TE004)
EMPLOYMENT CLASS: Temporary Employment
The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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APPLICATIONS OPEN:MAY 10 2022 Central Daylight Time

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