Are you in high school & looking for a unique volunteer opportunity? Become a Junior Docent!


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


2 Erie BlvdCanajoharieCanajoharie, NY 13317
Families creating unique works of art in the classroom


Are you a student, or the guardian of a student, in grades 8 - 12 (or ages 14-18) that is looking for an exciting and challenging ongoing volunteer opportunity? Are you interested in learning more about education, art, nonprofit management, and local history, all while developing a wide variety of new skills in a challenging but fun environment? Then we have a great opportunity for you.

Junior Docents at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie have the opportunity to interact with visitors of all ages and from around the world and provide opportunities for deeper learning, particularly for younger visitors and families. Junior Docents will complete ongoing training covering four different stations: the two changing galleries, Night Watch, and the Walkway. At some point during their weekly shift, the "JD" will meet with the Curator of Education to discuss any interesting interactions or problems they encountered, and to receive additional training materials.

Junior Docents will:

  • Act as guides in the museum galleries
  • Assist during special events and programs
  • Assist staff with occasional off-site outreach opportunities
  • Gain a deeper understanding of art, art history, museum education, Mohawk Valley history, and community

Junior Docent Requirements:
- Grades 8 - 12 (or ages 14-18)
- Minimum hours: Two 4/hour shifts per month during the school year, and two 4/hour shifts per week during the summer

To Apply:
- Completed application form with 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members
- Personal interview

Interested in applying? Send us a note here on VolunteerMatch and our Curator of Education & Public Engagement will be in touch with an application form!


  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Please see description for full time commitment
  • Please see description for full requirements

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