Volunteer Interpreter (Museum Docent)


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


421 East 61st StreetNew York, NY 10065


The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden (MVHMG) preserves and interprets travel, leisure, work and play in diverse antebellum New York. The Museum shares and promotes historical knowledge for the education and enjoyment of the public through engaging interpretation and programs. The Museum presents its 1799 building and grounds as the Mount Vernon Hotel, which served day customers and travelers from 1826 to 1833.

The MVHMG is looking to fill several volunteer interpreter positions. Our volunteer interpreters (docents) are the face and voice of the Museum. While learning about NYC history, they work with the public to deliver engaging tours and public programs, and help in the Museum gift shop (training provided).


- Enthusiasm for history and museum interpretation.

- A willingness to learn and share history with others.

- Volunteers must be 18 years or older.

- Excellent communication skills.

- Ability to attend required training sessions.

- Basic computer skills required (an email address and basic internet skills).

Please note: We ask volunteers to give time one day a week for a 3-hour shift or a 5-hour shift, and a commitment of nine months to a year. This position requires standing for periods of time and climbing stairs.

Benefits: Training in museum interpretation and admission/gift shop sales; free admission to many of the MVHMG public programs; complimentary admission to many NYC museums via Museum ID card; MVHMG shop discount; and the opportunity to work with people interested in history and museums.


Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 9 months to 1-year commitment

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