Gift Shop Clerk
Denver, CO Operations
Job Type

Who we are:

Located on Jefferson County Open Space, Dinosaur Ridge is one of the most important paleontology sites on Earth. Our globally iconic site has been ranked by paleontologists as the #1 dinosaur track site in the nation, and one of the most important in the world. Dinosaur Ridge draws 235,000 annual visitors to our outdoor museum to view 300+ dinosaur tracks still preserved on the sandstone slope. Dinosaur Ridge was also the site of the first Stegosaurus discovery and was designated National Natural Landmark in 1973. The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989 with the purpose of preserving the fossils on Dinosaur Ridge and educating the public about the natural history of the area. Our mission was later expanded to include the fossil sites at Triceratops Trail in Golden, Colorado.

We are open from 9:00am - 5:00pm during our summer season (May-October), then 9:00am - 4:00pm during our winter season (November-April)

Who you are:

In the role of Gift Store Clerk, you will be responsible for interacting with visitors from around the world who are interested in learning the history and science of Dinosaur Ridge, an unparalleled National Natural Landmark and iconic Denver attraction. Our gift store clerks are the first point of contact for our guests, sharing information about the paleontological and geological treasures at Dinosaur Ridge and how guests can experience them up close during our guided bus tours, walking tours, and special events. In addition to providing exceptional guest service, gift store clerks are expected to perform a variety of retail duties, such as money handling, operating a QuickBooks Point of Sale, restocking, and inventory in both of our retail store locations with a high degree of accuracy, efficiency, and professionalism.

Gift store clerks may be scheduled to cover lunch breaks or shifts for our bus tour guides. As such, the position of gift store clerk requires full knowledge of Dinosaur Ridge sites, history, and emergency procedures, the ability to tailor tours to specific audience needs and questions, and a passion for interacting with people of all ages. Successful candidates will demonstrate strong people skills, excellent verbal communication, genuine ability to get along with guests and coworkers, and enthusiasm about nature and dinosaurs!

We anticipate this position will work 2-5 days per week and will allocate their time approximately:

Working in our gift store or covering breaks for other tour guides and gift store clerks – 75%

Scheduling 45-minute guided bus tours for up to 14 guests at a time to our three main sites – 20%

Attending meetings or staff trainings – 5%


Required Qualifications:

Able to pass a criminal background check (no felonies)

Able to work and walk around outside in a variety of weather conditions

Available to work 2-5 days per week, including weekends and holidays

Aptitude for and experience in creating positive guest experiences

Solid understanding of scientific concepts

Team-oriented and consistently demonstrates positive values in work habits

Admired, but not required Qualities:

Degree or coursework in geology, biology or other science fields

Experience working in education, giving museum tours, or guiding outdoor programs

Passion for the mission of Dinosaur Ridge and interest in paleontology, geology, and/or science

Equal Opportunity Employer

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, volunteers, and guests. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on job requirements, individual performance, and business needs.

Salary Description
$13.65 - $15.50