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Work With Us

Ithaca is Foodies Culinary Tours is a locally owned & operated small business with a focus on walking food tours. We are devoted to connecting visitors and residents with our community through inventive and delicious cuisine. We truly care about all of our partner establishments, their staff, and their stories. We work hard, strive for excellence, and take an interest in the professional development of our team.

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We do not have any current job openings, but we are always accepting applications for the following position:

Tour Guide

Do you:

  • choose your travel destinations based on the food scene?
  • love Ithaca and often participate in community events?
  • like meeting new people and sharing meals together?
  • value responsible tourism which supports the local community?

If so, guiding tours with Ithaca is Foodies may be a good fit for you!

We are hiring enthusiastic and attentive locals to lead our weekly Downtown Ithaca Food Tour. This part-time position is seasonal with potential for longer term employment based on mutual fit.

Summary

Guaranteed 1 tour per week with possibility of additional tours on other days.
Two months of paid training to equip you to lead tours solo.
Competitive hourly compensation, plus tips.
Must be 21+.

Skills Sought

We seek applicants who are comfortable speaking in front of a group, relating stories and details, and fielding questions. The ability to think on your feet and solve problems quickly and intuitively is key. Successful candidates will be able to follow direction, be confident working solo, and have a keen understanding of how to make individual tour guests feel well cared for while balancing the needs of the group overall.

A passion for and curiosity about food, culture, history, and people is key. We are inspired by life-long learning and look for our guides to have a similar enthusiasm.

Job Details

During each tour, guides are responsible for:

  • checking in guests and confirming dietary restrictions
  • sharing historical and culinary information at each stop
  • communicating with restaurant staff
  • assisting in passing/pouring tastings
  • adapting the pace of the group to a precise schedule
  • fielding questions, giving directions, and sharing anecdotes in a clear, professional, and approachable manner

This job requires maintaining professional standards of quality customer service and hospitality. Tour guides maintain a high standard for personal cleanliness and adhere to our casual dress code.

To Apply

Please send an e-mail to jobs@ithacaisfoodies.com with the subject “Tour Guide Application 2019: [Your Name]” and include the following:

  • a brief (500 words or less) explanation of why you will make an amazing Ithaca is Foodies Tour Guide
  • your anticipated availability on weekends and weekdays
  • your resume with references

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with interviews offered to qualified candidates when a position opens.