Global Family Travels and 206 Zulu are hiring Tour Guides for our collaborative Street Hues Seattle Urban Art tour for the Spring/Summer season. This small group walking adventure, which starts at Washington Hall explores Seattle’s varied street art, from murals and throwies to handstyles, stencils and more. Guides, who are street artists themselves address topics such as ownership, power, and identity in public art.
Our Street Hues Tour Guide is responsible for engaging and entertaining up to 14 guests, but most tours have 6-10 people. They must be able to command the attention of the tour participants for several hours while divulging all relevant and important information about Seattle Street Art and the culture of graffiti, while adding their personal stories.
Each tour is approximately 2 hours, with tours on the weekends, and some special weekday tours.
Below are some of the roles and responsibilities and how to apply:
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Greet all guests promptly at scheduled tour times. (GFT will provide you with the list of guests’ names)
- Share an overview of tour and timeline with guests at the start of tour and share safety guidelines. (street car ride, etc)
- Determine if any guests have physical restrictions that should be considered. (this will also be vetted in advance by GFT)
- Share land acknowledgement at the beginning of the tour.
- Clearly and articulately provide information to guests in an engaging manner.
- Answer any questions that guests may have.
- Demonstrate extensive knowledge of tour and related topics; i.e. remember the facts of the “Tour script” provided, but feel free to share your personal story, relevant history and modern happenings with the guests.
- Remain calm, friendly, and enthusiastic always.
- Escort guests through the tour, taking breaks as needed.
- Ensure the safety of all participants during the tour, i.e. guide must be acutely aware of surroundings at all time keeping guests close and being respectful of pedestrians, stroller and handicap wheelchairs on sidewalks.
- Contribute to the success of GFT customer service by becoming a subject matter expert for the tour; providing brand appropriate customer experience.
- Work in good faith to address any traveler/participant disputes or complaints.
- Help ensure post trip feedback from customers (if positive, encourage on Yelp or GFT web.)
- Walking for approx. 1-2 miles per tour.
- Talking for approx. 2 hours per tour (owners will talk as well)
Characteristics, Qualities, and Requirements:
- Have excellent knowledge about Seattle Street Art and Hip-Hop culture.
- Knowledge of Seattle History and culture is a PLUS.
- Have good verbal communication skills, with a knack for storytelling.
- Be flexible and proactive.
- Having good presentation skills.
- Being enthusiastic and friendly.
- Being able to interact with people from different backgrounds.
- Being able to work with a team.
- Outstanding organizational, time management, and improvisational skills.
- Ability to work on weekends and some weekdays for special groups.
This is a part-time position, payable via a 1099 independent consulting contract and the pay range is $35-$40 per hour (based on your experience), plus tips from clients.
The Tour Guide will invoice Global Family Travels for her/his time monthly and will be paid 5 days after via ACH bank transfer after submitting the invoice. The consultant must be available for tours per our unique arrangement, and we close bookings 48 hours in advance so won’t know until that time if a tour is booked or not by guests. We can only pay guides for booked tours that occur.
Please fill out the application using this link; and you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and cover letter and let us know how we may be able to work together!
About Global Family Travels
Much more than a traditional travel company, Bellevue-based Global Family Travels’ mission is to Learn, Serve and Immerse, using travel as a means to build cultural bridges and to foster global citizens. Using tourism to address community and environmental challenges, we organize sustainable travel opportunities in partnership with local and global non-profit organizations and support many communities.
Global Family Travels’ Seattle Community Day Tours and Pacific Northwest Regenerative Adventures unite our Learn, Serve & Immerse travel pillars to offer impactful, community-focused outings to learn about this beautiful region’s diverse communities, natural surroundings and history in fun and engaging ways. These adventures are offered in partnership with many non-profits in Greater Seattle that address local social and environmental issues, and support local communities and businesses. These community-based experiences are also offered as Educational Outings and Team Building Experiences.
Visit our website for more information: Global Family Travels.
About 206 Zulu
206 Zulu is an internationally recognized coalition that engages youth, low-income communities and people of color in social change through innovative programs involving hip hop music, arts and culture. As a non-profit organization, the organization’s mission is dedicated to providing accessible spaces while serving communities through the upliftment, preservation, and celebration of Hip Hop culture. The vision for the organization is to create a community and culture of unity, service, self-determination and justice.