2020 Call for Docent Applications


The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is now accepting docent applications for the upcoming training class starting in February 2020.


An optional informational meeting will be held on October 23

Mission of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum:

The Minnesota Marine Art Museum engages visitors in meaningful visual art experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water.

MMAM Volunteer Mission Statement:

Minnesota Marine Art Museum volunteers love art and people. Volunteers serve as ambassadors to welcome and engage all Museum visitors. MMAM is committed to supporting volunteers, to creating opportunities for community investment and maintaining organizational transparency.

What is a docent?

Docents are specially trained volunteers who facilitate tour experiences for visiting groups of all ages and abilities. Working with groups in the galleries, docents use inquiry, discussion and interactive strategies to help people make personal connections with the artworks and bring the artworks to life. Docents are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, excellent communicators who respect all viewpoints.

Requirements & Expectations:

  • Attend each docent training class in the 10-week session. We will meet twice a week from 9:30am-Noon during the months of February, March, and April. (February 4, 6, 12, 13, 18, 20, 25, & 27, March 3, 5, 11, 17, 19, 24, 25, & 31, April 2, 7, 9, 15 & 16. Dates subject to change.)

  • Attend monthly continuing education docent classes at MMAM to learn about new exhibitions and refine touring strategies. These sessions occur on the third Thursday of every month from 10am-Noon.

  • Lead at least six tours a year to retain an active docent status. Based on tour scheduling, some docents tour every week.

  • Must use email, and have access to the internet so we can share resources, and schedule tours.

  • Research and read additional content outside of training sessions, and be willing to teach your colleagues.

  • Be culturally sensitive and empathetic to the needs of individuals.

  • Comfortable working with people of all ages and abilities to facilitate small group discussions while exploring and supporting different points of view.

  • Ability to commit to the docent program for two full years of service upon completion of training.

  • All perspective docents must train first as a volunteer Greeter. This role requires a 90-minute orientation training, and at least one 2-hour shift per month.

Benefits of being a Docent:

  • Meet other docents who share your passion for connecting people with art.

  • Participate in building creative capacity in our children. Create “a-ha” moments!

  • Become an expert in MMAM’s collections and interpretive strategies for diverse audiences.

  • Enjoy a 10% off discount in the MMAM Store. (MMAM members receive an additional 10% off)

  • Enjoy 20% off basic level MMAM memberships.

  • Attend special docent trainings, events, field trips and parties!

Next Steps:

  • Contact us to become a Greeter! We will schedule orientation training sessions as needed.

  • Attend our Informational Meeting on Thursday, October 23rd from 10am-11am at MMAM.

  • You will be contacted by Curator of Education, Heather Casper, to set up a time for a short interview onsite at the Museum.

    • Because of the large time commitment, questions, concerns and expectations will be discussed at the interview to determine if it is a good fit for both parties.

    • References will be called.

    • Due to class size, not all applicants will be accepted.

      Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a docent!

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