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Tour Guide Employment at Green Dream Tours

  1. Is Green Dream Tours right for me?
  2. Is experience necessary?
  3. How long is the work commitment?
  4. What would my work schedule look like?
  5. What types of vehicles would I be driving?
  6. Where is the office?
  7. What is the salary?
  8. How do I get paid?
  9. Can I take a week off in peak season? I already have a vacation planned.
  10. Do we allow guides to work with other tour companies?
  11. Are there staff meetings?


1. Is Green Dream Tours right for me?

San Francisco-based Green Dream Tours is locally owned and has a staff of 6-10 depending on the time of year. We are looking for guides who are team players and have a commitment to unparalleled customer service. Guides must be fun, yet professional, with an ability to help guests enjoy Wine Country to its fullest.


2. Is experience necessary?

Tour guide experience and/or driving experience are mandatory. All guides must have or obtain a California Commercial Class B license, with a passenger endorsement. We do not offer formal training to acquire your CDL, but we can offer advice, support, and assistance. You may be able to practice driving on our vehicles, and use one of our vehicles for your DMV road test. Wine and Wine Country experience and knowledge is preferred, but not mandatory.


3. How long is the work commitment?

Tour guides are hired seasonally. Applicants need to commit to an entire peak season, which runs April or May through the end of October.


4. What would my work schedule look like?

Guides work 1-5 days a week. (We are hiring for part-time and full-time positions.) Guides typically work 7:30am to 5:30 or 6:30pm.


5. What types of vehicles would I be driving?

Most tours are run in 14-passenger 2013-2018 Ford E450 mini-buses. The fleet also includes an 11-passenger Nissan van, a 14-passenger Ford Transit, and a 26-passenger bus. Experience with the larger bus is preferred but not mandatory.


6. Where is the office?

The Green Dream Tours fleet is housed at a lot on 16th Ave. and San Bruno Street in San Francisco. This is where you would pick up and drop off vehicles. You may park your own vehicle in our lot while you are working. We have trailers here where we keep supplies. Administration, booking, and marketing are handled through virtual offices at each staff member’s home.


7. What is the salary?

For first-year guides, you will be paid $200 per day for full-day tours and $100-150 for half-day tours. Tips typically range from $50 to $150+ per day. Guides are given bonuses and annual raises based on guest reviews, safe driving, and completion of peak season commitment.


8. How do I get paid?

Guides are paid by the 5th of each month through direct deposit. We are “at-will” employment and you will receive a W2. Of course, guides are further compensated by tips from guests. Our pre-trip emails to guests encourage tipping!


9. Can I take a week off in peak season? I already have a vacation planned.

Guides can request time off throughout the year, but confirmed time off must be pre-approved by your manager. For unexpected issues that prevent a guide from leading a tour, he/she ideally must find their own replacement. Current policy requires guides to be available to work weekends (Fridays-Sundays) and we will only confirm off one weekend per guide per season unless arranged prior to being hired. This doesn’t mean you have to work every weekend, but we need you to be available. We try to be flexible with the schedule and expect guides to be flexible as well and available when needed. The more flexible you are with us, the more flexible we are with you.


10. Do we allow guides to work with other tour companies?

Yes, but guides must be able to work a minimum of 1-3 days a week for Green Dream Tours during peak season and available weekends. We would consider exceptions to this.


11. Are there staff meetings?

The Green Dream Tours staff meets about 4 times a year. There will be a mandatory all-staff meeting in May to kick off the new peak season. The other 3 non-mandatory staff gatherings are typically casual dinner parties where we have drinks and share guiding stories.

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