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Retail Guest Services Assistant - Reserve status 

Category Engagement/Operations  
Position Guest Services Assistant- Retail (Reserve Status)  
Full-Time/Part-Time Casual  
Compensation $14.15 per hour  

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Do you provide excellent customer service? Do you enjoy learning about the jewelry, art, and minerals of our local desert region? Do you have experience with cash-handling and using computerized POS systems? Can you imagine being just steps away from taking your break nestled in a botanical garden filled with wildlife or visiting a mountain lion? Apply today to join our Retail Team in the Desert Museum's gift shops and surround yourself with the beauty of our local desert!

We are seeking qualified applicants with six months to one year of retail customer service, cash-handling, and computer experience. Familiarity with the Desert Museum is a plus. Availability to work weekends, holidays, and our Cool Summer Night events on Saturday evenings is essential since these are our peak visitation days. Reserve status positions are non-benefited and may work, on average, 16 hours or less per week. Perks include opportunities to learn about our local desert, the unique art from the Sonoran Desert Region, sparkling minerals & jewelry, and of course, you'll be able to enjoy your complimentary Staff membership and admission passes.


Note: Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. You need to be at least 18 years of age. A minimum of two professional (not personal) references must be entered in order to successfully submit your application for consideration. Please understand that if offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen as a final condition of employment.


Job Title: Guest Services Assistant- Retail
Department: Retail/Operations
Reports To: Retail Sales Supervisor
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, 8-16 hours per week

The Guest Services Assistant-Retail provides outstanding service and plays an integral role in contributing to the mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The position is flexible and accommodates ever-changing business needs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Creates outstanding guest interactions with a guest friendly, professional demeanor.
  • Processes sales transactions primarily within the retail stores. May assist with admissions transactions as needed.
  • Follows Museum and department cash handling and reconciliation procedures.
  • Uses upsell techniques to increase sales and donations.
  • Assists guests with stroller and mobility device rentals.
  • Ensures stores remain appropriately stocked and visually merchandised as designated by supervisory staff.
  • Responsible for the cleanliness of the retail stores and surrounding areas.
  • May assist guests with lost or found items and separated parties.
  • Occasionally assists the fulfillment of symbolic adoption packages, online orders, and Desert Museum press book purchases.
  • Answers a variety of general queries including wayfinding, schedules, facilities, collections, etc.
  • Some duties, including cashiering for special events and other guest service functions, require working outdoors.
  • Promotes a safe and sanitary work environment at all times. Practices safe work habits, participates in sanitation procedures, and reports hazards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Position Requirements

Education and/or Experience:
High school diploma or general education degree (GED) and six months to one year related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills:
Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively communicate with the general public using guest friendly language.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

Reasoning Ability:
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with challenges involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

Computer Skills:
General knowledge of retail POS and/or CRM systems or the ability to learn and develop functional use of systems.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
None required.

Other Skills and Abilities:
Thorough knowledge of retail operations, guest service, sales through service, and cash handling skills.

Physical Demands:

  • The ability to communicate effectively with the general public.
  • The ability to use standard office equipment and technologies including computers, keyboards, touch screens, telephones, etc.
  • The ability to spend extended periods of time sitting, standing, and walking.
  • Occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds.
  • The ability to safely traverse through an unpaved natural environment.
  • Ability to withstand extended periods exposed to the adverse weather conditions typical of southern Arizona.
  • Must be able to perform all essential job functions unaided or with reasonable accommodation.

Work Environment:
Primarily an office and retail store setting. Occasional exposure to extreme outdoor weather conditions. Moderate noise levels.


The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an equal opportunity institution that values a diverse workforce. The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify.



Open Date 3/30/2023  
About the Organization

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. We are a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

The Desert Museum is ranked on as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors!

Located in Tucson Mountain Park, just outside of Saguaro National Park (West), the 98-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium.

  • 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats
  • 242 animal species
  • Plants from 1,200 taxa - 56,000 individual specimens
  • One of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections

Beyond merely an attraction, the Museum's conservation and research programs are providing important information to help conserve the Sonoran Desert region.

The Desert Museum's Art Institute inspires conservation through art education and gallery exhibits. The Museum's publishing division, ASDM Press, has produced over 40 books and guides on the natural and cultural history of the Sonoran Desert region.

EOE Statement The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an equal opportunity institution. The Museum does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status in its policies and procedures relating to recruitment and hiring, compensation, benefits, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

IDEA Commitment
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is committed to fostering a welcoming space and a diverse, inclusive team that reflects the communities in which we live and work. We understand that inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) are integral to the fulfillment of our mission, and to our success as an organization. To that end, we are working to build the structures, policies, hiring practices and organizational culture that ensure representation and opportunity for all, and create an environment of belonging where everyone feels respected, safe, and understood. Additionally, as we continue to engage in this work, we are working to integrate the core values of IDEA into our programs, exhibits, communications, and other public offerings. Valuing each other’s differences brings us together to create a thriving workplace and fair work culture, allowing us to fulfill our mission more effectively.

We believe inclusion is everyone’s responsibility. Ways in which commitment is demonstrated include continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively addressing bias.

The Museum’s IDEA Coalition consists of staff members who are driving our efforts to build a culture where people feel they belong and have a voice. More information about our IDEA work and IDEA Coalition is available on our website. Please copy and paste, or enter, the following URL into your browser if you would like to see more:  

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