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Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

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On-Call Security Guard

On-Call Security Guard

Salary: $17.63 – $22.91 Hourly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: On-Call
Job Number: 2021-WSHS-004
Closing: Continuous

*This posting may be used to fill multiple positions*

These positions are on-call for various shifts that include evenings and weekends and to cover shifts primarily for planned absences of day shift staff and/or to provide security during programs or rental events. Please do not apply unless you are available to work these shifts. These positions will remain on-call and will not become permanent.

This recruitment is open until filled. The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time. It is in your best interest to apply as early as possible.

A little about us:

Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington’s diverse and storied history. Our work illuminates the past, enlightens the present, and informs the future.

Our mission is to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all. Our vision is to be the recognized destination for Washington State history. We achieve this by serving as our state’s primary history educator, making history relevant to our modern lives, and supporting civic dialogue where all are welcome.

The Society serves individuals and organizations statewide through publications, outreach programs, curriculum, free virtual public programs, and other online services. However, the majority of the Society’s interactions with the public occur at the Washington State History Museum, located in Tacoma, Washington. The Museum traditionally serves more than 80,000 annually, including more than 15,000 K-12 school children visiting the museum on a field trip. We also welcome more than 10,000 visitors free of charge each year through a variety of access programs.

We are much more than a regional museum. We continually ask ourselves how we can better serve Washingtonians across our state. Our Heritage Capital Projects grant program distributes up to $10M per biennium to fund public heritage, history interpretation, and historic preservation projects across the state. Our popular public history magazine COLUMBIA is enjoyed by readers of all ages. And the Historical Society’s collections at our Research Center, along with a digital collections database, are a resource to scholars and researchers from across the nation.

The Washington State Historical Society is a dynamic place to work with a dedicated staff. We expand our impact by connecting with communities across the Evergreen State through exhibitions, heritage projects, workshops, public programs, publications, and conversations. Our goal is to bring history into focus in such a way that the participant cannot help but discover valuable insights from and feel deep connections with the people and events of the past.

We have an active commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and are looking for team members who have a passion for professionalism and serving the public, and a desire to contribute to a positive work culture.

What you will be doing:

You will be vital to the success of the organization by providing superior front-line customer service to visitors, safety and security of the buildings, its contents, and occupants. You will ensure that a detailed account of safety and security tasks are recorded accurately, timely, and concisely. You will ensure the building is free from safety hazards and correct &/or report any deficiencies for action.


Some of what you’ll be doing includes:

  • Monitor and control access to museum premises
  • Patrol museum grounds
  • Provide written daily security reports detailing observed discrepancies/incidents
  • Observe and report safety and security matters
  • Enforce museum rules and policies
  • Monitor and enforce parking lot rules and fees
  • Provide visitor assistance
  • Update database (Assist with parking database, rental event logistics, and facility rental tours)
  • Perform custodial & grounds work, when necessary that includes removing trash and recycling from building and grounds


  • High School diploma or GED
  • One (1) year prior experience in security
    Note: CPR/First Aid and AED certification is required within 6 months of employment.


  • Is able to do sustained physical work including working form a step ladder
    Able to lift, move, transfer 50 lbs.
Supplemental Information

Please provide the following documents in order to be considered; failure to do so may result in you not being considered for the position:

  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)
  • NOTE: By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify the information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.
  • A resume will not substitute for completing the “duties summary” section of the application. Please do not refer to your resume for detail, or your application may be disqualified.

Apply at this link: Security Guard 1 / On-Call | Job Details tab | Career Pages (

COVID Vaccination Requirement:

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021, as a condition of employment. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. If you are a selected candidate, you will be required to provide proof of vaccination. You may request accommodation if you are unable to meet the requirement due to a medical or religious necessity.


This position is in a bargaining unit and falls under the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the state of Washington and the Washington Federation for State Employees (WFSE).

Background Check Notice:

Prior to any new appointment into the Department of Enterprise Services, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Opportunity for All:

The Washington State Historical Society celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, marital status, families with children (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as an individual with the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with disabilities or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Contact Information:

Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

For questions about this recruitment or to request a reasonable accommodation in the application process, contact Angie Anderson at (360) 407-8446 or email


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Agency Information

The Washington State Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 membership organization, open to any and all individuals, families, or firms. The Historical Society is also recognized in statute (RCW 27.34) as a trustee agency of the State of Washington with enumerated powers.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Washington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, creed, color, national origin, religion or beliefs, political affiliation, military status, honorably discharged veteran, Vietnam Era, recently separated or other protected veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental, physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, equal pay or genetic information.

Persons requiring accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources Office at (360) 407-8210 or email Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384.

For more information, contact Kathy Tarli, Human Resources Manager, at 253-798-5901 or