Big Onion Walking Tours ( seeks qualified graduate students who are interested in leading walking tours focusing on the vibrant social, cultural, immigration, 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 within 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 30 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 groups.

Starting guide pay begins at $100-$125 per tour. Most tours last about two hours.  Leading tours with Big Onion is not only rewarding and fun, but it can be scheduled around guides’ other academic commitments, can enhance teaching skills, and is a resume-worthy experience! Many of our guides have gone on to successful careers in academia and related fields.   More information about Big Onion and our guides can be found on our website at[].

If you are pursuing an advanced degree, can hold an audience’s attention, and are interested in taking your skills out of the classroom, contact Seth Kamil, President of Big Onion, at  Please email your resume with at least two references.  Interviews and hiring preference will be given to those with teaching experience.


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