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, Rutgers, 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 groups.

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.