Make Your Mark
Make Your Mark at The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums | City of Platteville! Are you enthusiastic about natural history, cultural history, science and industry — and interested in sharing experiences with intergenerational audiences from around the world? The Museum is cultivating professional staff members to provide a new generation of interpretation about our unique geologic region and 13,000 years of human ingenuity, inquiry, enterprise and development.
The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums is a department of the City of Platteville as well as a mission-driven entrepreneurial and membership organization located in the heart of the scenic Driftless Region within the Main Street business district of historic Platteville, Wisconsin. The three-acre 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 cultural heritage of the famous Upper Mississippi Valley mining district.
We offer flexible schedules, a fun work environment, excellent training, and a reciprocal agreement with dozens of regional attractions offering free or deeply discounted admission for museum employees and guests. See below for current opportunities and application instructions.
The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums | City of Platteville seeks an inspirational and mission-driven leader to take the organization to its next iteration. Near-term goals include completing a capital campaign study, planning to prepare for comprehensive restoration of the historic museum campus, and leading a new generation of interpretation about our unique geologic region and 13,000 years of human ingenuity, inquiry, enterprise and development. The Museum will celebrate the 60th year of its founding in 2024.
Tour Guides are responsible for delivering guided tours, train rides, seasonal programs, and offering great customer service in the Museum Store. Guides will educate and entertain participants of all ages on adventures both underground and above ground. This seasonal part-time position offers a flexible part-time schedules (14-35 hours per week) and is available for the tour season, which runs May through October (plus the option to assist with special events in November and December), with both weekend and weekday hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Public History & Public Science Internships
We offer internships for candidates seeking experience in museums, public history, and public science fields. The position can be customized based on academic interests, professional goals, skill set, experience, and needs of the Museum. Summer Public History and Public Science Intern positions will balance responsibilities as a tour guide with research time. As a tour guide, the position will educate and entertain participants on a one-hour adventure both underground and above ground and offer great customer service in the Museum Store. Research time will allow the intern to conduct a complimentary research project customized for you. Other opportunities such as Collections Management internships in hands-on artifact handling, stewardship, and registration are also available on a case-by-case basis.
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In Season: May - October
Open Wednesday - Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Guided Mine Tours: 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., & 3:00 p.m.
Off Season: November - April
Closed Except for Seasonal Programs