A San Francisco Parks Trust Park Partner



February 15, 2012

Thank you for your interest in City Guides!

By submitting an application below, your information will be saved for our next training tentatively schedule for February 2013. We will follow up with you regarding the training in the fall of 2012. Thank you for your interest in becoming a City Guide

Every year dozens of inquiries come into our office asking for information on becoming one of San Francisco City Guides and it is my pleasure to pass along information about how to become a City Guide. We anticipate that the next City Guide training class will take place in the early part of 2013.

Please read the information below closely before you return your application. The process for becoming a City Guide is not for everyone, it is arduous and exhaustive at times, but it is also fun and rewarding! That is why so many of our volunteers have been with us for 10 years or more!

The Training Process for 2012 was designed as follows. The 2013 class will mostly likely follow the same schedule.

The training consists of 7 non-consecutive Saturdays at various venues throughout San Francisco. Each training lasts from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. with a break for lunch. Each training day consists of historical lectures with expert speakers chosen from all of the Bay Area for their acute knowledge of San Francisco’s history, architecture and culture. Afternoons are filled with our City Guide taught classes on “how to” give one of our tours to any size group.


Minimum Requirements

-Saturday Training Sessions! Our training sessions are essential to becoming the best City Guide you can be. Therefore applicants must be able to attend all 7 training sessions.

-All guides will be required after graduating from the class to pledge a minimum of 6 tours given within their first year.

-Attend a minimum 6 of City Guides tours during the training process (3 before training begins, 3 during the training period)

-Complete and pass a mid-term and final

-Ability and desire to share preserve and perpetuate the history and folklore of San Francisco while celebrating our rich history of cultural diversity with all our walkers.

-Begin assigned tour within 3 months after the end of training (unless otherwise authorized by the office)


If you wish to apply for admittance to the next training class, please click here to find the application form. We will keep your application on file. Once a schedule has been established for the next training class, will contact you to inform you of the schedule ande confirm your intent to apply for acceptance into the program. Thank you again for your interest in San Francisco City Guides.

Michael Cushing, Executive Director

City Guides San Francisco Public Library 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 557 – 4266 www.sfcityguides.org

Celebrating 32 years of sharing the history, legends and lore of San Francisco