Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Docent Jane Purinton engages a group of students in conversation about the work of artist Steve Parmelee.
Volunteers in the Exhibition and Education Departments at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art help facilitate visitors’ experience within the museum, its galleries and the community in which it exists.
Summary of Responsibilities and Job Duties:
Engage the varied audiences that will visit the Museum with information about the current exhibitions and programs, membership at the Museum, and community resources
Foster an engaged and informed identity for the Museum and its Education Program within the local community and region
Docents in the reception and gallery areas work directly with the Exhibition/Curatorial Department, while field trip docents who assist with school groups work directly with and report to the Education Department
Commit to the jobs for which they've volunteered
Work cooperatively with museum staff and other volunteers
Learn and share information about the art and craft of our region and our time
Model and enforce museum etiquette and expectations for visitors
Assist with information discovery and sharing
Demonstrate proficiency in the English language
Other Desirable Qualifications:
Foreign language proficiency
Interest or background in education, art, history, or other disciplines related to the museum’s mission
Interest in facilitating school field trips to the art museum (and receiving supplemental training for this role)
Selection & Review Process:
Selection of docents will take place via a volunteer application form and orientation process
Docent review will occur on an as-needed basis
Work in the heart of the Museum, directly with a lively and varied public
Learn about the Museum’s exhibits and programs with qualified educators
Gain firsthand exposure to local artists and artisans
Immerse yourself in a vital and growing Museum community
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Orientation or Training
Docent shifts are typically 10am-2pm and 2-6pm.
We recommend a monthly commitment of two shifts; field trip docents receive additional training.