Job opening – Art Tour Guide

About Curated Tastes

Curated Tastes (CT) is Vancouver’s first and only art mediation company. Through fun, engaging and interactive events, classes and tours, we actively make contemporary art approachable and relatable while familiarizing our audience with the local Vancouver art scene.  

CT understands the feeling of being intimidated, unfamiliar and unconnected to contemporary art. This disconnection motivates us to demystify contemporary art and make it approachable to all art enthusiasts. Our educational and entertaining activities, develop audiences for diverse cultural spaces in Vancouver while nurturing art collectors and patrons alike. 

We create welcoming environments for our audience to feel confident around art, encourage conversation, art acquisitions, interaction, play and personal connections. In sum, curating a unique taste for contemporary art.

About the position 

Are you a friendly person who is passionate about learning and sharing information about art, culture and Vancouver’s local art scene? Then this position is for you!

We are looking for the next Curated Tastes’ art mediator to deliver guided visits in Downtown Vancouver, Granville Island, South Granville, UBC, Mount Pleasant, Strathcona, Parker Studios, North Vancouver, New Westminster, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam and/or Fort Langley.


Summary of work

  • Study, learn, and comprehend art material in order to deliver the tours effectively

  • Deliver content provided by Curated Tastes in a welcoming and friendly manner

  • Welcome guests and check registration 

  • Encourage public participation and engagement during tours

  • Provide feedback and report tour activity

Required Skills and Experience

  • Ability to engage directly, enthusiastically, and meaningfully with all guests

  • Exceptional customer service, interpersonal, and communications skills

  • Desire to learn and implement best practices, including those unique to Curated Tastes

  • Adaptability and adherence to the core values at Curated Tastes

  • Cultural sensitivity necessary to engage guests of all ages and backgrounds

  • Familiarity with and continued curiosity about contemporary art

  • Demonstrated ability to learn large amounts of material in a specific time frame

  • Willingness to collaborate with peers, associates, and work successfully as part of a team

  • Ability to work independently 

  • Willingness to work outside in all seasons, temperatures, and weather conditions

  • Demonstrated work or volunteer experience in a creative field or environment

  • Skills necessary to stay informed via email, conduct research using online systems and databases, and access daily and weekly schedules

  • Adherence to required dress code guidelines

  • Reliable transportation around Metro Vancouver

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to provide customer service

  • Demonstrated interpersonal and oral communication skills, ability to listen and be responsive to questions and comments

  • Ability to deliver effective verbal presentations in front of small to large-sized groups

  • Ability to listen to the public and be responsive to inquiries and comments

  • Ability to understand and carry out written and oral instructions

  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse public in a friendly and open manner, while conveying information or teaching

  • Ability to adapt tours to best suit the needs of visitors based on situations that arise including but not limited to: late arrivals, special visitor needs and art-related inquiries

  • Some previous art mediation experience will be considered an asset

 Desired qualifications

  • A degree or diploma in Visual Arts, Design, Art History, Art education or equivalent

  • Related working or volunteering experience to field of study

  • Prior museum experience, or experience working in the arts and/or cultural fields

  • Public speaking experience

  • Exceptional customer service and outstanding interpersonal skills

  • Experience working with youth/adults in an educational environment

  • Experience in museum or site interpretation, theatre or storytelling

  • Familiarity with art history and the Vancouver Art scene 

This is a casual, on-call position

Hours are based on exhibition dates and tour guide availability

Remuneration: $20 – 25/hour


To apply, please provide

  • a letter of intent 

  • a CV

  • two professional/academic reference contacts

 Please email all documents as a single PDF to: [email protected] by September 12, 2021, 11:59 PM.

We acknowledge and appreciate the time and effort invested in each application, and thank you in advance for your interest. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline to apply

September 12, 2021 at 11:59 p