Magic Mountain Tour Guide

Tour Guides will lead tours of the Magic Mountain site and educate the public about the archaeological work conducted at the site, its importance in the region, and to teach the public about stewardship for archeological sites (such as what to do if members of the public encounter an archaeological artifact).

In the 2017 dig season, we hosted over 1,000 members of the public for tours and this year we are anticipating another great turn-out. This is an exciting opportunity to share the importance of archaeology with the public, and provide them with the chance to observe an excavation in real time! Tours will each have approximately 12-15 participants, and run throughout the day on excavation days.

We are looking for friendly, enthusiastic, and flexible volunteers with a general knowledge and interest for archaeology, who are enthusiastic about communicating with the public, and excited to work with people of all ages. Training will be provided so a prior knowledge of the site is not required. You do not need to be a content expert, but rather have a passion for learning new content and excitement about sharing new information to help enrich the guest’s experience.

Required Skills

  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Solid oral communication skills
  • Friendly, and enthusiastic
  • Ability and desire to work with people of all ages
  • Flexible and proactive problem solver
  • Excited and passionate about archaeology, local history, and science
  • Responsive and adaptable to varying tour participant needs
  • Able to find out information (science content, logistical information, etc.) in an efficient, considerate manner
  • Bilingual skills a plus
  • Applicants must be physically able to spend up to four hours on your feet in variety of weather including hot sun and variable terrain, carrying limited supplies (binder, water bottle, small daypack)

Three training sessions will be offered. Volunteers only need to attend one of the trainings. There will be a training  in early June at Denver Museum of Nature & Science in Denver, as well as June 18 and 19 at the Magic Mountain Dig Site in Golden. Training times for all three are TBD.

Shifts for tour guides are 8 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. or 11:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Tours will run June 20 to June 27 and July 5 to July 14. (Note there will only be an afternoon shift on July 5 and only a morning shift on July 14.) We encourage you to sign up for as many shifts as you are available.

Applications for tour guides will close May 21. Please keep in mind that completing the online Magic Mountain application does not guarantee your participation on the project. We will reach out to you directly if you are accepted.

Minimum Age Requirements
Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older.

How To Apply
Current Volunteers at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
If you are a current volunteer at DMNS and are interested in volunteering for Magic Mountain please email [email protected] with the subject heading Magic Mountain and include your full name in the message. You will receive an email response with additional instructions.

Not a Current Volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Please complete the online Adult Volunteer Application.

For questions regarding the volunteer application contact Moe Shuley at [email protected] or 303.370.8345.

For questions regarding the tour guide position and schedule contact Jennifer Moss Logan at [email protected] or 303.370.8299



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