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Assistant Guide at Old World Wisconsin (part-time, LTE) | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Assistant Guide at Old World Wisconsin (part-time, LTE)


Assistant Guide at Old World Wisconsin (part-time, LTE) | Wisconsin Historical Society

Assistant Guide/Experience Facilitator at Old World Wisconsin (part-time, LTE)

The individuals in this position located at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle Wisconsin encourage and support guests as they connect to history in new and hands-on ways. They are storytellers, guides, and champions of curiosity and exploration making history come alive at Old World Wisconsin. As a team we understand that our work is about the past, present, AND the future.

Each day Facilitators work with guests, demonstrating daily life in historic immigrant and migrant homes, businesses, and farms which includes cooking, cleaning, crafts, chores, and gardening. Facilitators are stewards of the buildings and collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society, and are responsible for daily cleaning and collections care to ensure that we can share Wisconsin’s stories for generations to come.


This part-time seasonal position requires from 16 - 40 hours per week in season, 9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., weekend hours required, as well as evening and additional availability as needed for special events.

Duties of the Experience Coordinator include:

- Maintain a positive, welcoming attitude at all times
- Create an engaging and rich experience for guests of all ages and backgrounds by being approachable and engaging
- Share the “Big Ideas” and stories associated with the spaces in which you are facilitating
- Initiate dialogue with guests and answer questions to promote curiosity and connect to their lives
- Demonstrate and share historic tasks/trades/crafts in an historic setting as assigned
- Facilitate hands-on learning for school tours, day camps, and the general public
- Study and understand historical source materials and content guides as directed by supervisor(s)
- All employees working on site will be required to follow workplace health and safety protocols including those specific to COVID-19
- Wear period appropriate clothing (provided) in accordance with Curator approved guidelines, including guidelines on hair, personal grooming, and adornment
- Care for and clean historic spaces and collections used in daily work as outlined in Collections Guidelines
- Follow all guidelines related to cooking and kitchen use outlined in the Handbook
- Tend to gardens and other exterior spaces as outlined in the Log Book


A well-qualified candidate will possess the following:

- Excellent communication skills, with groups and one-on-one
- Ability to work with diverse audiences and team members to realize exceptional service
- Thrives on an environment where every day is different
- Ability to use email and enter time using computer technology
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Ability to problem solve and handle multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
- Maintains a hardworking, positive attitude
- Ability to safely move through historic spaces (uneven ground, thresholds, etc.) and between outdoor locations, up to .5 miles, several times per day
- Sufficient hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to perform tasks in a safe manner


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

Old World Wisconsin is focused on protecting the health and safety of our workforce and guests. All employees working on-site will be required to follow workplace health and safety protocols including those specific to COVID-19.

The wage for this position starts at $10 per hour

This position is for between 16 - 40 hours per week.  Work hours are 9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. with weekend hours required.  Evenings and additional availability as need for special events.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, candidates should submit their resume and cover letter to Human Resources at  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Old World Wisconsin is located in Eagle, Wisconsin