The Museum of Work & Culture seeks dedicated individuals to become part of our exceptional team of docents.
Docents conduct guided museum tours for students, seniors, tourists, and families who are interested in learning more about the proud industrial heritage of Woonsocket and the immigrants who settled here. Docents should encourage critical thinking in students by using techniques such as storytelling, leading questions, and role playing. Tour topics may include immigration, industrialization, child labor, nativism, Americanization, labor unions, and environmentalism.
In addition to indoor tours, training is also available for outdoor tours of the area surrounding the Museum. This includes the banks of the Blackstone River, Woonsocket Falls, and a portion of Main Street. Outdoor tour themes include environmentalism, engineering, and architecture.
Tours are pre-scheduled and take place Tuesday - Saturday, typically from 9:30am - 12pm.
Docents will receive a manual and a training course. They will also be asked to shadow experienced docents before conducting their own tours.
Ideal candidates should be cheerful, curious, strong public speakers, and have a knowledge or interest in local history. Experience teaching or working with children is helpful, but not required. Fluency in French is also a plus.Docents will receive a 20% discount on all purchases made in the Museum Gift Shop as well as a membership to the Rhode Island Historical Society with 40 hours of volunteer service.
- Teaching / Instruction
- People Skills
- Public Speaking
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 16
- Orientation or Training
- 2-4 hours a week (varies based on demand)