Become a Guide

Become a City Guide

If you love San Francisco, and are passionate about sharing its history, architecture and lore, consider becoming a volunteer guide with us!


  • Enjoy meeting visitors from around the world 
  • Have an interest in public speaking, history and culture of SF
  • Be able to navigate city blocks and speak clearly
  • Can commit to a minimum of 12 tours a year


  • Review and understand the application process as described below
  • If accepted, program enrollment fee of $250
  • Attend all eight training sessions:  
    • Lectures by San Francisco subject matter experts
    • Tips from experienced guides on giving successful tours
    • Starts in February, given on non consecutive Saturdays, 10:00- 3:30
  • Successful first tour within three months after the end of the training
  • Attend six or more City Guides tours, during the training program


  • Enjoy extensive reading lists and mentoring
  • Learn more about San Francisco and share what you love
  • Participate in continuing education
  • Receive quarterly newsletters 
  • Annual appreciation party and other social events


Complete the application form for the next Training Program. Deadline for the 2023 Training Class is December 1st, 2022. We will keep your application on file and contact you toward the end of the year to reconfirm your interest. Applications from those who respond will be screened. Those that pass will be invited for an in-person interview in January before acceptance into the class.
For more information, please call the City Guides office 415-375-0468 or send an email to gro.sediugyticfs@sruot.