Become a Volunteer Docent
The Colby Museum welcomes thousands of visitors each year, including schoolchildren from all across Maine. Volunteer docents provide invaluable support in engaging these visitors and have the opportunity to inspire a lifelong love of art in thousands of students.
No previous knowledge or experience is needed to become a docent, only a love of learning! As part of the docent program, participants will enjoy benefits such as access to Colby College classes and libraries, Museum gift shop discounts, social gatherings, and field trips.
As a docent, you will be surrounded by art, improve your public speaking skills, and be an essential part of a team that is deeply committed to art and the Central Maine community.
Docent training takes place twice a year and is a week-long intensive training course with instruction in art history, teaching, and storytelling techniques. For more information please contact Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs Abby Newkirk, at 207.859.5623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expectations for Colby Museum Volunteer Docents are as follows:
- Be open to learning communication techniques, how and why people learn, as well as art history
- Attend the full 30-hour, week-long New Docent Training in January (one time only)
- Come to at least 9 of the 12 monthly docent meetings held at the Museum on the first Tuesday of the month from 2–3:30pm
- Shadow 3–4 tours in preparation for leading your own tour
- Be able to give 3 tours a semester, or a total of 9 tours per year
- Have the desire and ability to make the museum a fun, comfortable place for you and our visitors
The Colby College Museum of Art is committed to offering students professional development and mentorship opportunities here at Colby and through a regional, national, and global network of institutional partners.
We are now hiring for Summer and Fall 2018!
Interested in learning more about opportunities to get involved at the Colby College Museum of Art? You are invited to attend our Spring Information Session on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1pm in the Mirken Education Center (ground floor of the Museum) to learn more about all the different ways you can get involved, and talk to current student staff and Museum staff representatives.
For more details, check out the Facebook event page.
For summer internship opportunities, apply here.
Learn more about all of our internship opportunities. Contact Lunder Curator for Whistler Studies Justin McCann for more information.
Learn more about the welcome desk attendant, photographer or videographer positions. Contact Assistant for Museum Visits Sheri LaVerdiere for more information.