Docents at The Ringling love to learn and love sharing what they have learned by engaging visitors in active discussions about the museum’s collection. We are seeking individuals for our next Docent training opportunity, which will be March 2020 – February 2021 and will be focused on the Museum of Art.
What does a docent do?
Through a variety of tours, docents make our collections accessible and engaging for the diverse audiences that visit our venues.
Your time, passion, energy, and enthusiasm!
A significant time commitment is required to be a docent at The Ringling. Docents are continuously provided with the most up-to-date information on the collections and current methods of delivering content to our visitors.
To be considered, individuals must be able to lead tours year round and provide a minimum of 75 hours annually through tours, meetings, and trainings in support of the docent program. Docents are asked to give at least 2 years of service.
Concerned that you know very little about art, history, or museums in general?
Not to worry! The training course is comprehensive and includes content-based lectures as well as training on effective touring techniques.
What makes an ideal docent?
Ideal candidates for this volunteer opportunity possess the following skills and experience:
- Available to lead a variety of tours year round
- Interested in engaging with diverse visitors of all ages
- Comfortable with standing and walking for extended periods of time and climbing several flights of stairs
- Possess strong public-speaking, listening, and problem-solving skills
- Have a outgoing and friendly disposition
- Be flexible, dependable, and a team-player
- Have an active email account and be comfortable using computers or other internet-connected devices for communication and web-navigation
Interested in applying?
Please download and read the Docent Training Description for additional details.
To hear more about this and other volunteer opportunities within the Education Department, we invite you to attend an upcoming informational session where staff will explain our application process and training in more detail:
- September 17, 2019, 10:30 AM
- September 24, 2019, 3:00 PM
Both sessions will be conducted in the downstairs classrooms of the Johnson-Blalock Education Center. Please park in our main parking lot and walk or take a tram to the Education Center.
If you are interested in applying for the upcoming docent training, please complete our online volunteer application Volunteer Application, and then email a current resume and letter of interest to the Volunteer Services Department: email@example.com Only materials submitted via email will be considered.
Please submit your application as soon as possible but no later than Friday, November 8, 2019.
If you are interested in helping us preserve and share the Ringling legacy, we encourage you to apply!