Become A Docent


Would you like to help people connect to nature through the living art of bonsai with tens of thousands of visitors from around the world? Become a docent! We are looking for docents who love working with the public and enjoy learning about the art of bonsai for the 2023 season. Both virtual and in-person docent training and shifts will be available in 2023. No bonsai experience is necessary to become a docent.


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 (in-person and/or virtual), perform gallery duty, and assist in educational programs.

The application period for the 2023 season has closed.

Please check back for future opportunities.

Thank you for your interest!


  • Be 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 Museum’s collection, teaching and learning
  • An opportunity to meet and interact with visitors from around the world


  • A love of art, bonsai, nature and/or teaching
  • Ability to meaningfully engage with members of our diverse community
  • Excellent communication
  • Reliability and commitment
  • Commitment to anti-racism and inclusivity
  • Ability to volunteer approximately four to eight hours a month