Become A Docent

Give the Gift of Time

A docent is a trained, volunteer museum guide and an essential link between the public and the Museum. The word docent comes from the Latin word docere, to teach. Docents give tours, perform gallery duty, and assist in educational programs, including our self-guided field trips. Apply to be a docent here. Applications close 2/23/2018.

Docent Training

Docents are required to attend three trainings (2018 trainings days are March 28, April 4, and April 11) at the Museum and shadow a current docent for 2-3 shifts before they are given their own shifts.

Continuing Education

Docents are given the opportunity to further their learning through demonstrations, excursions, and online learning about exhibitions, the permanent collection, and essential skills as communicators/teachers to the public.

Commitment

Docents are asked to commit to 2 shifts (4 hours each) each month and may be asked to assist with special events and programs. Docents are scheduled April-October.

Benefits

  • Being part of a team of skilled educators who love to connect people with the living art of bonsai
  • Personal and intellectual growth. Docents have continuing opportunities to learn about art, bonsai, the collection, teaching, and learning.
  • An opportunity to meet and interact with visitors from around the world

Requirements

  • A love of art, bonsai, nature and/or teaching
  • Ability to engage meaningfully with members of our diverse community
  • Excellent communicator
  • Reliability and commitment