Gallery Guide


Job Title: Gallery Guide
Department: Visual Arts
Status: Regular, Part-Time
Classification: Non-Exempt
Schedule: 1-3 days per week Wednesdays through Sundays, late morning through evening. Additional training days and special events as necessary. Six-Eight month commitment required.
Reports to: Curator of Public Programs, Visual Arts
Pay Rate: $15.96/hr


The Gallery Guide plays an essential role in providing hospitality and information to patrons who visit YBCA’s exhibition spaces. The Gallery Guide employs skill in three areas: education, visitor services and security. The Gallery Guide is a welcoming, friendly and informed individual who is passionate about contemporary art and enjoys engaging in conversations with diverse audience members. The Gallery Guide also provides important support to YBCA’s security team on the floor. Gallery Guides are trained on general emergency and safety procedures by YBCA’s Facility and Security staff.

  • Act as an interpretive guide; enhancing visitors’ experience and understanding of the art and ideas presented in YBCA exhibitions
  • Be a visitor resource for questions about YBCA programs, facility, hours of operation, and other general information.
  • Attendance of Information sessions with YBCA’s curatorial team as well as complete assigned reading on the artists, works and thematics of the exhibitions required
  • Provide support to security team; assure the safety of the works of art and the safety of visitors.
  • Activate and de-activate electronic equipment for exhibitions on a daily basis including projectors, DVD players and audio equipment, among other items, as applicable; troubleshoot technical issues in consultation with Visual Arts staff as needed.
  • Bachelors degree in education, art history, or museum studies preferred; coursework, concentration, or related experience in contemporary art a plus
  • Minimum one year experience in an arts institution; previous work experience as a docent, in customer service, visitor services or equivalent, strongly preferred
  • Passion for contemporary art and willingness to work alongside contemporary works of art and performances which may present challenging and provocative subject matter
  • Superior verbal and interpersonal communication skills; enjoys engaging with diverse individuals and communities
  • Capable of learning new material rapidly
  • Comfortable with fragile/valuable objects and communicating security protocols to the general public
  • Ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to lift a maximum of 30 lbs, ability to bend/squat/sit/stand for long periods of time, and comfort/ ability to use ladders required
  • Ability to operate and troubleshoot a variety of consumer-level A/V components
  • Self directed; proven ability to work independently as well as a member of a team
  • Foreign language skills desirable

PTO, Holiday Pay, Paid Time for Volunteer Work, Reciprocal Museum Admission, and ability to participate in 403(b) retirement plan.


Send your resume and brief paragraph outlining your interest in working for YBCA to Please include “Gallery Guide” in the subject line of your email.

Please, no phone calls or faxes—really. While we love your enthusiasm, due to the volume of applications and our limited resources, we will respond only to applicants we intend to interview. If you receive our automated thank you, we have received your resume and there is no need to follow up.

Principals only. We do not accept resumes from third parties and we will not pay fees to any agency or firm. Any unsolicited resumes received will be considered the property of YBCA and will be processed accordingly.


We wish you the best of luck in your job search!


An Equal Opportunity Employer

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a work culture and environment that is reflective of San Francisco Bay Area demography. YBCA encourages and actively recruits applicants representing dimensions of difference that include — but are not limited to — age, national origin, ethnicity, race, religion, ability, sexual orientation, gender or political affiliation.  YBCA will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (SF Police Code, Article 49).