Job Opportunity – On-Call Event Bartender

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – On-Call Event Bartender

Title: On-Call Event Bartender
Division: Events
Classification: On-Call, Hourly, Part-time, nonexempt
Directly supported by: Event Coordinator
Directly supports:    N/A
Salary Range:    $20.00 per hour plus tips

About us

Since opening in 1982, HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, cultures, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

About this job and what you’ll do

The On-Call Event Bartenders are critical in assisting with both internal and external Museum events.  Event team members assist in the operation of various sizes and types of events at the Museum.  Job duties include, but are not limited to: setting up and/or tearing down bar; operating beer and wine bar including processing credit card and cash transactions; taking beverage orders; mixing, pouring, and serving beverages; cleanup of dishes and applicable supplies; enforcing Museum rules as pertains to food and beverages in exhibits and behaviors that may negatively impact Museum collections, exhibits, or animals; provide any reasonable assistance to Museum staff and visitors as requested by Event Coordinator or Event Lead.

About who you are

You are driven and excel in an event and food service environment and are committed to the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and guest first focus.  Attention to detail and commitment are required. Must enjoy working in a collaborative team environment.

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. In the job description we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Want to apply?

Please email PDFs of your resume & cover letter to:

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.