Docent Volunteer/Museum Guide


(38.809437,-77.04572)
 

Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden614 Oronoco St.Alexandria, VA 22314


About

Position:

Docent Volunteer/Museum Guide

Objective:

To lead guided tours at the Lee-Fendall House Museum & Garden in support of its mission of preserving, maintaining, and interpreting the museum and its collection, thus serving as a community resource for the city of Alexandria.

Responsibilities:

  • Sign in daily with the on-site administrator for any specific instructions.
  • Lead guided tours of the house museum.
  • Ensure the safety and security of the museum and its collections during tours and programs.
  • Develop knowledge of the museum and its collection in order to engage visitors in dialogue and answer questions.
  • Collect and record admissions and gift shop payments.
  • Attend training as scheduled by the museum staff, including regular volunteer meetings.
  • Assist in event and program preparation as necessary (decorating, preparing materials, etc.)
  • Provide light house-keeping duties as needed: sweeping, dusting, etc.
  • Distribute museum brochures, pamphlets, or other marketing materials to garden clubs, groups, and other networking avenues.

Supervisor:

Assistant Manager, Executive Director

Requirements:

Three days of training must be completed within the first month of volunteering. After that, the Docent Volunteer will provide a minimum of 6 hours a month, which may consist of a combination of half day shifts (3 hours) or full day shifts (4-6 hours). Regular commitment is desired and volunteers are encouraged to provide more than the requested minimum hours.

Qualifications:

  • Enjoy working with the public in a museum setting.
  • Knowledge of American and/or Virginia history is desired, but not required.

Training:

Training and guidance will be provided by museum staff. A docent handbook which includes a history of the site and other operational materials is provided upon start date.

Benefits:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • 10% off gift shop purchases
  • Free admission to historic sites throughout Old Town Alexandria.

Skills

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 days per month.

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