Open Presidents' Day:  

Open Monday, February 20, 2023. Plan your visit.

Docent Program

Docents help with programs for groups and visitors, birthday parties, events, the museum store, the planetarium and much more.  Docents receive extensive paid training in informal education, customer service and basic instruction in several natural history topics, including paleontology, wildlife and ecology. This is a paid position.

The museum is no longer accepting applications for the docent program. 



Who are docents?

Docents are museum educators.  Docents help with programs for groups and visitors, birthday parties, events, the museum store, the planetarium and much more.

How much does this job pay?

The starting wage is $15/hr. 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 shifts 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!