Become a Campus Tour Guide

Walk Backward. Lead Forward.

Apply for the “happiest job on campus”! Be the face of UCR to prospective students, their families and important community members. Tours have a huge impact on college decision-making, which means you have a huge impact on everyone that comes through our doors. If you’re excited about sharing your college experience and have a passion for changing lives, we encourage you to apply!

How to Become a Campus Tour Guide

We look for students who:

  • Are articulate, professional and responsible.
  • Share a strong enthusiasm for UCR.
  • Are positive and outgoing. Work well with individuals and groups in a public environment.
  • Know our campus, its events and activities.
  • Know UC admissions requirements.
  • Can address all questions optimistically.
  • Reflect the diversity of our student population.
  • Are active in the Highlander community. Speak fluent English.
For the benefit of our visitors, when we hire freshman students, we only do so in their second quarter. We hire very few seniors because training is so time intensive, and their focus tends to be on degree completion. Work-study applicants are welcome.
As a campus tour guide, you get to:

  • Guide memorable walking tours for individuals, families and large groups.
  • Provide a positive visit experience for all guests.
  • Staff the front desk. Assist in Undergraduate Admissions projects.
  • Perform data entry and office support when needed.
  • Participate in training. Work a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 19 hours per week.
  • Change lives!
We hire about once a quarter. To apply:

  1. Complete an online application in SCOTlink.
  2. If selected, you will participate in a group audition.
  3. If selected from the audition, you will participate in an individual interview.
  4. Before the interview, visit SCOTlink. Print a Federal Work-Study Placement Form, and the job description. Attach them together, and take both to the interview.
Newly hired guides are trained by seasoned mentors on all aspects of guiding tours, including tour presentation, customization, campus facts and customer service. New guides will not lead a tour until deemed ready.

Questions? Contact us at tour@ucr.edu or (951) 827-8687.

What Our Campus Tour Guides Say 

"I love being a campus tour guide! I enjoy engaging with prospective students and the rewarding feeling I get knowing that I positively influenced their decision to attend UCR."
- Michael Corpuz
"Being a tour guide is a great job to have. I love meeting and interacting with new people. To me, it definitely beats sitting behind a desk. I can converse with prospective students from all over and grow overall as a presenter, leader and speaker."
- Noelle Espero
"At the Campus Tours Office, we have a welcoming and loving staff. We provide an individual with a better understanding about the world through interaction with others."
- Gabriel Hernandez