Art Museum Docents needed for Reception, Galleries and Field Trip Support


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


550 Winslow Way EastBainbridge Island, WA 98110

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art Docent Jane Purinton engages a group of students in conversation about the work of artist Steve Parmelee.


Docent Job Description

Docents 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:

  • Staff the front desk during museum open hours, for four hour shifts
  • 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 work directly with and report to the Education Department


  • Commit to mandatory orientation session and at least one 4 hour "shadow" shift
  • Commit to filling two shifts per month, on average
  • Work cooperatively with museum staff and other volunteers
  • Learn and share information about the art and craft of our region and our time
  • Oversee daily appearance of the museum, including reception desk, galleries & access areas; tidy up as needed
  • Model and enforce museum etiquette for visitors
  • Welcome visitors to the museum, 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)
  • Writing skills

Selection & Review Process:

  • Selection of docents will take place via a volunteer application form and orientation process, to be conducted with the Education Director
  • Docent review will occur on an as-needed basis with Education Director


  • 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 Education Program


  • Exhibition Arts
  • People Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Public Relations
  • Visual Arts

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • 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.
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