Washington State History Museum will re-open on April 2, 2021. Hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM. Every Third Thursday the museum will be open 10:00 AM-8:00 PM with free admission 3:00-8:00 PM. Close

The Washington State Historical Society is an inspiring place to work! Explore opportunities to join our team. You can read about our commitment to building an inclusive future here.

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.

Open positions will be posted below. If you are interested in a paid part-time or full-time position, you must apply at careers.wa.gov.


Current Opportunities

On-Call Security Guard

Salary: $17.63 – $22.91 Hourly
Location: Pierce County – Tacoma, WA
Job Type: On-Call
Job Number: 2021-02272

These position are on-call for various shifts that include evenings and weekends.

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.

The Opportunity:

Within WSHS, the security department is a vital component 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. Security officers will ensure that a detailed account of safety and security tasks are recorded accurately, timely, and concisly, as well as ensuring that the building is free from safety hazards and correcting and/or reporting any deficiencies for action.

NOTE: These positions are on-call (as needed) to cover shifts primarily for planned absences of day shift staff and/or to provide security during programs or private facility 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.


  • Observe and report safety and security matters
  • Monitor and control access to museum premises
  • Assist with parking database, rental event logistics, and facility rental tours
  • Perform custodial and grounds work, when necessary


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

Supplemental Information:

Working conditions

  • Majority of work is inside a controlled environment building. Minor work is performed outside.
  • Hazards exist pertaining to safety/first aid responses – PPE provided.
  • May work from step ladder, be able to lift, move, or transfer up to 50 lbs on occasion.
  • Heavy customer interactions.

UNION SHOP PROVISION: 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).

To apply, please carefully follow the below instructions:

We are looking for evidence in your application materials that you have the education, experience, skills, and abilities indicated in this job posting. The information you provide will be used as a basis for deciding who will be selected for the next step in the process. An incomplete application packet may automatically be disqualified.

Please read the full description, details, and application instructions on the State of Washington employment website. 

Please provide the following documents:

  • A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • A current resume, detailing experience, and education.

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Students interested in obtaining an internship must complete the Internship Inquiry.

Other Washington State Employment

For other Washington State employment opportunities, go to careers.wa.gov.

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 jobs@des.wa.gov. 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 kathy.tarli@wshs.wa.gov.