Docent Program

Who are docents?

Docents are museum educators.  Docents will be helping with educational programs for groups and visitors, birthday parties, events, the museum store and much more when most of the Museum opens to the public in April 2019. 

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 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 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!


Docents must have availability through the time period of April through August and available to start training late in late March to apply for this position.


To Apply

The application is now closed.  Applications for the Fall will be available late August.


For More Information

Contact Brittany Burgess at 734.647.6421 or via email at

Biological Sciences Building, 1105 North University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1085 | 734-764-0478

UMMNH is a part of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts