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Thu Feb 01, 2018 05:00 PM - Thu May 31, 2018 08:00 PM


10 West 7th StreetSaint Paul, MN 55102


Position Summary

Play Docent volunteers welcome All Play members to the museum. All Play members receive free memberships to ensure that the museum is accessible to all regardless of socioeconomic status. Many are first time visitors to the museum and speak languages other than English. Play Docent volunteers will introduce All Play members to the museum through modeling hands-on play in the galleries.


Play is more than "just fun." It’s how we learn and practice the key skills we need to be successful people. For children and adults alike, play develops critical thinking, communication, creativity, coordination and more. Research shows children need opportunities for hands-on, sensory learning and engagement with a variety of environments, and they also need diversity of playmates that challenge their understanding. Play Docents will guide play so All Play members become more comfortable exploring the museum on their own.

  • Welcome visitors and engage them in fun, playful experiences.
  • Initiate play with visitors through Free Play in the Museum galleries
  • Provide exceptional customer service when interacting with visitors.
  • Convey a welcoming, positive and enthusiastic attitude to all visitors through verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Communicate supply needs and other relevant information to your assignment supervisor in a timely fashion.
  • Encourage visitors to follow Museum policies and procedures.
  • Report any safety and/or security concerns to a Museum staff member immediately.
  • Interest and skill in interacting with young children and their adult caregivers from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to speak Spanish, Karen, Burmese, and/or Somali languages strongly desired but not required.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with groups of people and tolerate busy or crowded situations.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Commitment Expectation/Schedule
  • One Family Night per month for three months
  • Days: Tuesday through Thursday, evening hours
  • Volunteers will self-schedule their shifts online choosing from available events.

Applicants from diverse background are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Child Development
  • Child Care
  • People Skills
  • Bilingual
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 event per month for three months

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