Public House is Hiring Bartenders and Doorpeople

rwphlogoWe are hiring!

The Riverwest Public House is a collectively managed and community owned bar, venue and community space located on Locust Street in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood.  

At this time we have a small staff of bartenders which make up our current Workers’ Collective. We are currently looking for new members to join our current workers to tend bar and help support and participate in this cooperative process.  We are seeking a diverse staff and encourage residents of the communities surrounding our space at 815 E. Locust to apply.

Our typical bartending tasks include (but are not limited to): opening and closing the space, taking orders and waiting on customers, providing excellent customer service, maintaining a clean work area throughout your shift, operating the cash register, making and pouring drinks, stocking, managing inventory, answering the phone, creating and encouraging a safe and appealing atmosphere in the space, supporting events in the space and determine when it is inappropriate to continue to serve a drunk customer and be prepared to mediate a difficult situation if necessary.

We seek the usual attributes all healthy organizations look for: reliability and punctuality, capacity for hard work, self-motivation, good communication skills, enthusiasm and talent for interacting with the public, curiosity and eagerness to learn, ability to multi-task and prioritize duties.   

A worker collective (and worker co-op) requires an additional set of attributes: people who are excited about working in a democratically managed workplace and who have the interest, ability and skills necessary to transition into an ownership role; people with the time, energy, and political motivation to make a commitment to growing a thriving cooperative business.

We will give priority to candidates who offer any of the particular skills we currently need:

  • Someone experienced with collective work environments
  • Someone experienced in the customer service industry with at least one (1) years experience as a bartender
  • Someone with knowledge of social media who can create and execute marketing plans using promotional technologies
  • Someone who enjoys people, conversation and community engagement

All bartending workers must have a current State of Wisconsin bartending license.

Candidates must have 15+ hours/week of availability during our hours of operation M-TH 3p-2a, F 3p-2:30a, Sa 11a-2:30a and Su 11a-2a.  All workers are initially paid $5.00 plus tips. Workers are required to attend by-monthly meetings and after a six month probationary period may pursue joining the Worker Collective.

Doorpeople: Pays hourly w/ tip out. Hours are typically Friday and Saturday nights 9pm-1am, some Thursdays and other odd shifts. E-mail us if interested.

Email a letter of interest and a resume to  Tell us why you’re interested in being a worker at the Riverwest Public House, and why your skills, talents and interests make you a good candidate for our co-op.  Interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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