Tour Guide at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums

Website The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums/City of Platteville Museum Department

Your Underground Adventure Awaits!

Are you enthusiastic about the Driftless Area and local history, and interested in sharing this place with people from around the world? The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums | City of Platteville is now recruiting part-time seasonal tour guides to deliver guided tours, train rides, seasonal programs, and to offer great customer service in the museum store. Guides will educate and entertain participants of all ages on adventures both underground and above ground. Training in narratives that span both the humanities and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) is provided.

The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums is a department of the City of Platteville as well as a mission-driven membership and entrepreneurial organization. The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums are the eastern bookend of the Main Street business district in Platteville. The Museum campus includes scenic greenspace, pollinator gardens, a real underground mine from the pre-Civil War Lead Rush, a railroad amusement ride pulled by a 1931 mine locomotive, and picturesque interpretive structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Museum celebrates Wisconsin’s know-how and can-do spirit as expressed in the mining region where Wisconsin and its Badger State identity was born. Since its founding in 1965, the Museum has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, a third of them school children. The Museum is Platteville’s leading tourist attraction and the largest in the tri-state area (Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa) interpreting the mineral heritage of the famous Upper Mississippi Valley district.

The tour season runs from May-October 2021, with both weekend and weekday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. We offer flexible part-time (14-35 hours per week) schedules, a fun work environment, and a reciprocal agreement with dozens of regional attractions offering free or deeply discounted admission for museum employees and guests. Must be able to negotiate 90 steps in and out of the mine, successfully complete guide training, and pass a city-mandated background check. Starting wage is $9-$11 per hour based on experience. Find the full job description and application materials at the City of Platteville website.

To apply: Please submit a current resume, cover letter, and City of Platteville application form. Paper applications can also be picked up at City Hall or The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums. Completed applications should be returned to or mailed to The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, PO Box 780, Platteville, WI 53818. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. If you have questions, please contact Erik Flesch at (608) 348-3301 or

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