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Docent Program

Who are docents?

Docents are museum educators. Docents will help greet visitors in the new atrium this Fall. Docents will also help provide educational programming to school groups in the Winter semester. When most of the Museum opens to the public in April 2019, docents will be helping with programs for groups and visitors, birthday parties, events and much more.

Is this a volunteer position?

No. The starting wage is $10/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. See the Docent Job Description for a full list of qualifications.


When do I work?

To work at the Museum, you must have 3-hour blocks of time available between 9 am and 5 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. Beginning in the Spring, docents must have 3-hour blocks of time available between 9 am and 2 pm on at least two weekdays and some weekend availability. Most docent will be 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 of Natural History is not currently accepting applications for the Docent Program. Please check back in March 2019 for hiring beginning the Spring Semester.

For More Information

Contact Brittany Burgess at 734.647.6421 or via email at