Docent

Docent

Docents at the Portland Museum of Art play a vital role in introducing the museum and its collection to a wide variety of audiences through individualized, guided gallery experiences. Using interactive teaching methods, they encourage close looking, facilitate discussion in the galleries, and help visitors make personally meaningful connections with the collection. By supporting the programs and goals of the Learning and Interpretation department, volunteer docents serve as ambassadors for the museum by reinforcing the museum’s mission as a vital cultural center. An art background is not required, but enthusiasm about sharing art with others is.

Interested applicants must attend a required information session on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet museum staff and current Docents, learn more about the program, and participate in small group gallery discussions.

R.S.V.P. to the information session is required; to reserve your spot, please email Katia Christakis.

 

Position Type: 
Volunteer Positions
Department/Division: 
Learning and Interpretation
Reports to: 
Director of Learning and Interpretation
Essential Job Functions: 
  • Lead tours for children and adults, including tours of the museum’s collection, special exhibitions, and architecture
  • Under the direction of the museum’s Learning and Interpretation department, provide tours and in-gallery experiences that are engaging, educational, and integrated with the museum’s collections and exhibitions, and that forwards the museum’s mission
  • Regular, reliable availability for scheduled tours
  • Regular attendance at weekly training course session. After completing the training course, regular attendance at monthly meetings and special training sessions pertaining to museum special exhibitions, collections, historic structures, architecture, and teaching techniques
  • Effective and positive representation of the Portland Museum of Art
Supervisory Responsibility: 
None
Qualifications: 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to facilitate conversation
  • Flexible, friendly, and outgoing personality
  • Commitment to volunteer public service, to museum education, and to working with diverse populations from the Greater Portland area
  • Particular interest in and ability to work with children in grades preK-12
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for art, including contemporary art and architecture
  • Interest in and enthusiasm for the Portland Museum of Art and its mission, goals, and programs
  • Availability to train and lead tours during weekday museum hours
  • Physical ability to guide groups through the museum on foot or with mobility aids; audible and clear speaking voice; adequate or corrected hearing to allow interaction with the public
  • Regular access to email and internet; ability to check and receive web-based communication and scheduling
  • Prior volunteer experience preferred
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
To Apply: 
To apply to the Docent Program, please submit both a completed PMA Volunteer application and a completed supplementary Docent application via email to tours@portlandmuseum.org or mail to Katia Christakis, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101. Applications are due by October 18, 2017; select applicants will be invited for in-person interviews. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply

To apply to the Docent Program, please submit both a completed PMA Volunteer application and a completed supplementary Docent application via email to tours@portlandmuseum.org or mail to Katia Christakis, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, ME 04101. Applications are due by October 18, 2017; select applicants will be invited for in-person interviews. The Portland Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.