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Reserve Security Guard - Various Shifts 


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 & 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.

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. 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. As we continue to engage in this work, we are integrating 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 our commitment is demonstrated include continuous development, modeling inclusive behaviors, and proactively addressing bias. Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s IDEA page to learn more.



Immerse yourself in the heart of the desert and become a guardian of its wonders with the Desert Museum's Security Team. We're on the lookout for a Reserve Status Security Guard to support our team on various shifts. If you enjoy customer service and have a passion for safety, this is your chance to shine!

Your Adventure Awaits
As a Reserve status team member, you'll enjoy the unique benefits of a complimentary Desert Museum membership and guest passes. That's your ticket to explore the desert's magic during your free time.

Shop, Learn, Create
You'll have access to exclusive staff discounts at our gift shops, on ASDM's Public Programs & Trips, and for Adult Art & Photography Classes. Learning and exploring are all part of the package!

To be part of our team, you should be at least 21 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Two years of related experience and/or training, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, will make you a prime candidate. Prior law enforcement or security experience is a big plus!

Credentials Needed

  • Current First Aid, AED & CPR Certifications.
  • Valid Arizona Driver's License or the ability to obtain one, with a satisfactory driver's record.

Notes to Applicants
Complete all sections of your application with care. Be sure to include professional references – we want to know who's singing your praises! The quest for our ideal candidate starts NOW and will continue until we find our perfect match. The selected candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory 3-year Drivers History Record, successfully complete a criminal background check, and pass a pre-employment drug screen as final conditions of employment. Periodic background checks will be required during the course of employment.

Ready to make the stunning desert backdrop your office view?  Apply now and let your adventure begin!


Position Description
Job Title: Security Guard
Department: Security
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Compensation: $14.60 per hour

Individuals in this positon provide outstanding guest service, both external and internal.  Observe, report, safeguard, and secure the Museum’s property, staff and visitors during assigned shift by performing the following duties. This position is flexible and accommodates ever-changing business needs. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Treat all Museum guests, staff, and volunteers with respect, honor and dignity regardless of their individual diversity. When interacting with the public or another member of the museum, the Security Guard should always strive to provide the best experience possible.
  • Assists Guest Services with daily transports.
  • Assists with parking lot management.
  • Responsible for set-up and take down of all special event signage and sign equipment.
  • Routinely patrols property.
  • Responsible for observation, reporting and deterring processes.
  • Secures the Museum's grounds and facilities for opening and closing procedures.
  • Maintains surveillance, records on Museum property.
  • Follows standardized procedures when investigating and reporting all incidents that are unusual or suspicious circumstances.
  • Responds to all first aid incidents and emergencies.
  • Conducts standardized security checks of the grounds; maintains notes in Security log for all security shift tasks any notes of unusual circumstances.
  • Monitors various Museum operating systems.
  • Monitors public safety.
  • Responds to alarms and dispatched calls for service; decides what actions to take based on situation, facts known and position limitations.
  • Assists guests in the parking areas.
  • Conducts closures to areas on museum grounds for special events.
  • Provides assistance with keys locked in cars, flat tires, jump-starts, and other vehicle issues as needed.
  • Assists guests on grounds needing directions or transportation or any other requests for service.
  • Follows Museum Key Procedures; locks/unlocks buildings/doors based on situation.
  • Assists in monthly inventory, inspections and service of fire suppression and first aid equipment.
  • Assists the Herpetology Department with humane venomous snake capture.
  • Monitors guest behavior at all Museum special events.
  • Maintains guest, staff, and volunteer confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Cooperates with all Local Law Enforcement Agencies as well as all Government agencies.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Position Requirements

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
High School diploma and a minimum of two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

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 define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Computer Skills
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have the ability to learn or the knowledge of Microsoft Outlook to participate in on-line training courses and e-mail exchange; E-time payroll timekeeping software and Word or WordPerfect word processing software for preparation of notes/memos.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid Arizona Driver's License, First Aid, CPR certifications required.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance.  The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; moving mechanical parts; high, precarious places; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; explosives and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities, reporting relationships 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 a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

EOE Statement We are an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. For this position, we are seeking candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent green card holders. We believe that inclusive teams with diverse perspectives are essential to our success and encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply, within the remit of the eligibility criteria.  
Open Date 12/22/2023  

This position is currently accepting applications.

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