Docents are trained volunteers who provide educational services for our guests. The role of a docent is three-fold:
1. They serve as hosts, to provide a welcoming atmosphere. In many cases they are our venue’s “front-line” representatives.
2. They serve as interpreters of the museum’s exhibitions, helping to give the visitor a deeper understanding and appreciation the venue in which they serve.
3. In addition, docents assist in preserving the collections by providing auxiliary security in exhibition areas.
A docent must be sensitive to visitors’ differences – learning style, cultural backgrounds, age level, and special needs. Today’s audience is varied and requires open-mindedness, flexibility and respect.
The following characteristics make a good docent:
- A sincere and genuine interest in people of all ages.
- A love for and excitement about learning and teaching.
- Attention to detail and accuracy.
- A sense of flexibility and cooperation.
- An attitude of tolerance and respect for all people’s points of view.
If this style of volunteering appeals to you, then please apply! Our Docent Program accept applications yearly. Please note that not all areas currently have a docent program, but those that do and are currently hiring are listed below:
Ashton Gardens (Coming Soon)
Farm Country (Coming Soon)
Museum of Ancient Life (Coming Soon)