Docent Program

Who are docents?

Docents are museum educators.  Most of the Museum opened to the public in April 2019, but more exhibits will be opening in November.  Docents help with programs for groups and visitors, birthday parties, events, the museum store 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 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 shifts will be in the morning; that’s when most schools take field trips!

Training

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!

Employment

The Museum is currently accepting applications.

To Apply

Application available online. Deadline to apply is Monday, September 9th, 2019. Click here to fill out the U-M Museum of Natural History Docent Application.

For More Information

Contact Brittany Burgess at 734.647.6421 or via email at brchunn@umich.edu.

 

 

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