Domestic tour guide for historic stagecoach hotel

Wade House Historic Site, Wisconsin Historical Society

Become a domestic tour guide for our stagecoach hotel this summer! Learn the history of Wade House, give dynamic hands on tours including cooking on a wood burning stove, and dress in 1850s period clothing to provide guests with a memorable experience at our historic site.


The Wade House Historic Site is a 240-acre outdoor living history museum located in Greenbush, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Guests experience the era of stagecoach travel at the Wade House Hotel and discover what an 1850s town was like at the Dockstader Blacksmith shop and the Herrling Sawmill. Our beautiful Visitor’s Center includes the Wesley J. Jung Carriage Museum with over 40 carriages on display. Horse drawn carriage rides transport guests throughout the site as part of the daily experience and sheep and chickens roam the grounds. Wade House connects people to the past through unparalleled storytelling and historic experiences to create lasting memories. Staff work in historic indoor and outdoor spaces with fellow team members across the picturesque site to create an exceptional experience for our guests.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Interpretive/Education Programs at the 1850s Wade House Hotel

Provide engaging storytelling opportunities to guests, guiding them through the history of the Wade House Hotel, the Wade Family, and daily life in the 1850s

Interpret the Wade House Hotel and Carriage Museum according to approved materials and as explained by the Curator and Guest Experience Coordinator.

Provide assistance and guidance to visitors in a courteous and professional manner.

Keep the Wade House Hotel clean, organized, and presentable for guests.

Open and close site as needed.

Use the 1850s wood burning stove for daily interactive programming.

Special Event Programs:

Assist in the preparation, presentation, and clean up for events during which you are scheduled to work.

Interpret any special materials which are needed for special events and relate this information to site visitors as scripted.

Site Operations:

Maintain a clean and safe work environment.

Follow cleaning schedules and regulations.

Observe site safety and emergency procedures.

Read through and understand the Wade House Hotel disaster plan and be prepared to take emergency action if necessary and as directed.

Site and collections care for handling and care of artifacts including accessioned and reproduction items under the supervision of the Curator.

Keep the site and its structures as safe and secure as possible.

Logistics support (tracking tour numbers).

Follow site procedures and rules as instructed.

Follow site safety and security procedures as instructed.


Salary Information:
Pay is $14.00 per hour. This classification is in schedule and class 18-00

Please note this is a Limited Term Employment position so it does not include paid time off or benefits upon hire.

Job Details
Work Schedule: 8-40 hours per week during the season; 9:30 a.n. – 5:30 p.m.  Some weekend work is required.  Some evening work may be required for special events.

A criminal background check will be conducted by WHS prior to an offer of employment to determine if the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the job.

This is a Limited Term Employment (LTE) position and limited to 1,039 hours. This position will be part time and average 20 hours per week.

Wisconsin residency is required for Limited Term Employment positions.

Limited Term Employment (LTE) positions are not civil service classified positions, do not give any rights to permanent civil service classified positions and do not lead to permanent status.

WHS does not sponsor work visas.  Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.
Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) interpretive methodologies, including guided tours
Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) site specific history
Knowledge of (or willingness to learn) professionally-recognized collection care principles and practices.
Knowledge of material culture, its connection to cultural history, and the ability to build these elements into interpretation (or willingness to learn).
Excellent oral communication skills with staff and the public. Ability to give presentations to the public.
Ability to use email and enter time using computer technology.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Knowledge of (or willingness to learn)  use of period equipment including an 1850s wood burning stove and other items necessary for demonstrations and programs.
Ability to work well with and coordinate diverse groups of individuals, including children, adults and mixed groups.
Ability to work well with other staff, volunteers and support staff.
Ability to climb three flights of stairs and to stand on feet for prolonged stretches of time.
Ability to work in an environment which may be dusty, hot, humid, moldy and open to pollen, ragweed and other allergens at times, while in 1850s period clothing
How To Apply
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Your letter of qualifications and resume/work experience are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your qualifications as they relate to the job. For instructions on developing your resume and letter of qualifications for your application and what should be included in these materials, click here.

Submitted materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the hiring process.

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce.

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Deadline to Apply
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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