As the nation’s premier Halloween event, we pride ourselves not only on providing high quality entertainment, but also exceptional customer service. Whether visitors are parking, buying tickets, entering the building, screaming in a haunted house, shopping for souvenirs, or enjoying private events, we want them to have a first-class experience.
We need friendly and energetic employees to make all of this possible!
Applicants for these positions must attend a group interview. Hiring managers will interview applicants to fill the positions listed below. Please read the descriptions that follow to decide which position best suits you.
Interested in an acting role or joining our costume team? Return to the Overview page to explore other open positions.
Please Note: All employees must be able to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit to a weekly PCR test (not a rapid screen) at your local pharmacy each week in order to work on site. In addition, in accordance with the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 protocols, we also require everyone to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Our retail staff run cash registers, interact with visitors and restock, organize and sell our exclusive line of merchandise. Members of this team do answer basic questions about Eastern State’s daytime programming and hand out brochures encouraging Halloween guests to return for a daytime prison tour. An interest in history is a plus. Customer service skills and cash handling experience are encouraged. Some computer skills/POS are required. Retail staff wear a uniform; they do not wear special FX makeup.
Guest Services Staff
Guests Services Staff are positioned at checkpoints throughout the attraction and in front of house spaces. Guests Services Staff help orient visitors, answer guests’ questions, scan tickets, and keep an eye out for situations that should be brought to the attention of security. This position requires a friendly, upbeat attitude and patience. Guests Services Staff wear a uniform; they do not wear special FX makeup.
Parking Lot Attendant
This team shares some of the same responsibility as Guest Services Staff, but they work at our off-site parking garage at the Philadelphia Zoo (3500 West Girard Ave). This team does not work on-site at the penitentiary. In addition to orienting visitors and answering questions, this team hands out information sheets, collects parking vouchers, and assists guests in boarding and exiting the buses. They do not collect cash or direct the parking of cars. Excellent customer service skills are required. Parking Lot Attendants wear a uniform; they do not wear special FX makeup.
Line Control Staff
Our Line Control Staff help orient and control the flow of visitors inside and outside of the penitentiary. They work near the entrance of the building and the perimeter as well, guiding guests and groups through the entry process by helping them find the appropriate line, answering event questions, and providing exceptional customer service. Other responsibilities are to control the flow of the show, while being the eyes and ears for the safety of guests and employees. This position requires energy and patience! Depending on your position Line Control Staff employees wear costumes and special FX makeup or a uniform every show night to enhance the look and feel of the experience. No acting experience required. View a full job description here.
Our custodial team is in charge of keeping the site looking professional and clean. They operate outside of the haunted attractions. Custodial Staff must be able to lift 50 pounds and work independently. Examples of responsibilities include sweeping, breaking down cardboard boxes, routinely taking out garbage and recycling, and other duties as assigned. Custodial staff wear a uniform; they do not wear special FX makeup.
Positions will be filled on a first come, first-considered basis – meaning that you have a better chance of getting a role by attending an earlier audition/interview. Auditions and interviews run RAIN OR SHINE.
2021 Interviews for All Open Operations Positions
All interviews are held from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm at Eastern State Penitentiary, unless otherwise noted below. Late arrivals will not be permitted. You do not need to make an appointment.
- Monday, September 27 (NEW DATE!)
Sunday, July 11 Wednesday, July 14 Sunday, July 18 Monday, July 19 Monday, July 26 Wednesday, July 28 Sunday, August 1 Wednesday, August 18 Monday, August 23 Monday, August 30
Please bring your resume and your COMPLETED Customer Service and Retail Application. Applicants without a resume will not be allowed to interview. Positions will open up periodically throughout the season; check back for additional audition dates.
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.
ESPHS strongly believes in second chances and, as such, is committed to providing appropriate employment opportunities to those who have been incarcerated. As a condition of employment, all individuals who accept an employment offer must complete a criminal background check. Eastern State will review any criminal record and make appropriate employment decisions in accordance with applicable law and its policies.