Who are docents?
Docents are museum educators. Docents at the Museum lead guided tours, give planetarium shows, help out at events, and much, much more. Most docents are undergraduates, although we do have several graduate students on staff as well. At any given time, there are 40-60 students employed by the Museum.
Is this a volunteer position?
No. The starting wage is $8/hour. Docents work an average of 5-10 hours per week, DEPENDING ON YOUR AVAILABILITY. Work study and non-work study positions are available.
What kind of previous experience do I need?
None! All you need is enthusiasm for kids and science and a willingness to learn. Of course, previous experience with children and/or knowledge of natural history topics is always a plus.
When do I work?
To work at the Museum, you must have 3-hour blocks of time available between 9 am and 2 pm on at least two weekdays and be able to work some weekends. Because of the nature of this position, a regular schedule is not possible. Weekly work schedules are published every Thursday. Most docent hours are in the morning; that’s when most schools take field trips!
Training is extensive and paid. Museum staff will train you in program content, teaching techniques, customer service, and more. Training takes place in evening group settings. Attendance at all training sessions is required!
The Museum is not currently accepting docent applications, but will accept applications for Fall employment beginning August 19th.