The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Job Opportunities

Big Onion Walking Tours: Part-Time Position for Graduate Students

Big Onion Walking Tours ( is seeking qualified graduate students who
are interested in leading walks focusing on the vibrant social, cultural, and political history of
Manhattan & Brooklyn. Big Onion is designed to offer flexible, year-round, part-time work for
graduate students that can operate around academic commitments.

Founded by graduate students at Columbia University more than 25 years ago, Big Onion
has grown to be the largest and most scholarly public history walking tour company–not
only in New York, but within the United States. With the help of graduate students from
CUNY, NYU, Columbia, and other universities, Big Onion now leads over 25 different walks
of historic neighborhoods throughout NYC. Tours are led year-round and on a daily basis
for the public as well as private tours for schools, non-profits, corporations and other

Starting guide pay begins at $100-$125 per tour. Most tours last about two hours.

If you are interested in taking your skills out of the classroom, can hold an audience’s
attention, and are pursuing an advanced degree, please contact Seth Kamil, the president
of Big Onion, at Please email your resume with at least two
references. Interview and hiring preference is given to those with prior teaching
experience. Potential applicants are welcome to email or telephone with questions.