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Volunteer to be a Gallery Docent at Albuquerque Museum

Now through August 6, you can register for the Albuquerque Museum Gallery Docent program. An 8-month training begins in September.

We are seeking volunteers for the Albuquerque Museum Gallery Docent program. You must register by August 6, 2021 through the ABQ Volunteers website to be considered for the program. An 8-month training begins September 13, 2021. Have more questions? Contact Jody Vanesky, 505-764-6502.

Docents Engage the Community in Art and History

Albuquerque Museum and Casa San Ysidro welcome over 100,000 visitors annually and offer guided tours to visitors from varied backgrounds, age levels and abilities.

Trained volunteers, or docents, make these guided experiences possible. Prospective docents should be comfortable speaking in public, enjoy interacting with wide range of people and have a passion for learning and giving back to the community.

Albuquerque Museum Gallery Program

Docents provide scheduled and drop in tours for the general visiting public on the museum’s permanent and changing exhibition. One hour guided tours of the museum’s changing exhibitions are offered without reservations on Tuesday – Sunday at 2 p.m. Special tours are also arranged at various times.

Time Commitment for Gallery Docent Program

Docents in the Gallery Program are scheduled for a two-hour shift every two weeks throughout the year. Docents are required to attend ongoing training on the Museum’s changing exhibitions. These trainings are scheduled on Monday morning from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. as needed.

Requirements for the Gallery Docent Program

Successful completion of training required. New Docent trainings take place on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. from the week after Labor Day until the week before Memorial Day. After successful completion of the initial training, attendance of ongoing training for the Museum’s exhibition is expected.

Docents must have the ability to stand, walk or move around the Museum and its grounds for up to two hours. Albuquerque Museum requires all volunteers to pass a background check.

Reports To

The docent program is managed and operated by the Museum’s Education Division, which includes the curator of education, associate curator of education, and education assistant. Volunteer and assistant coordinators are docent leaders who work with Museum staff in support of the docent program.

What are the Benefits?

  • Docents are part of a team of museum professionals committed to getting the community engaged in art and history.
  • Docents received free general admission to the Museum and Casa San Ysidro. They also receive a discount in the Museum Store.
  • An annual volunteer breakfast and service awards are provided. Social events including luncheons and field trips are offered throughout the year.

How to Apply

Volunteer opportunities are managed through ABQ Volunteers. Click the link and set up your profile today. 

Sign Up at ABQ Volunteers