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Midway Docent

Docent Training in June!

Our Docents (tour guides) at the USS Midway Museum interface with the public and provide a personal touch to the Midway's self-guided audio tour of the museum. Being a docent is probably one of the most rewarding experiences a volunteer can encounter as you witness positive reactions of visitors to informative and personal presentations. Share the ship's history on an informal basis (no scripts).

Opportunity Requirements & Important Notes

Minimum Requirements:

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a preferred background in public speaking and/or education and with the ability to communicate information clearly and concisely are important qualifications for this position.
  • Personal traits of timeliness, reliability and diplomacy are expected.
  • Prior military service is a plus, but not essential. Prospective volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, able to climb ship's ladders and stand/walk for periods of up to 4 hours.

Training will be held for 8 weeks on Mondays plus one additional morning.

Curriculum includes all aspects of ship familiarization, exhibits, history and interpersonal skills.

Duties & Commitment:

As a docent graduate, you will give brief, informal talks to groups at various locations throughout the ship. All activities are under the direction of the Chief Docent and daily operations are delegated to a Docent of the Watch who makes various daily shift assignments.

After completion of the above requirements and receiving a "yellow hat," a minimum of 20 hours per month is required. Scheduling is flexible with shifts available 7 days a week; shifts are 4 hours each in the am or pm with occasional frequent opportunities to assist at private evening events.

Choose "docents" from the drop-down choices on the application.

"I find the camaraderie with the rest of the docents to be very positive. The Docents are a respected group on the Midway and integral to the success of the Museum. A great group with whom to work!" -Midway Volunteer

About the USS Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum's mission is to preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who serve, inspire and educate future generations, and entertain their museum guests. Their vision is to be America's living symbol of Freedom.

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About USS Midway Museum


910 N. Harbor Drive, SAN DIEGO, CA 92101, US

Mission Statement

Preserve the historic USS Midway and the legacy of those who serve, inspire and educate future generations, and entertain our museum guests.


The USS Midway Museum opened to the public in June 2004 and today is one of San Diego’s most popular visitor attractions with world wide audience. The naval aircraft carrier was commissioned in 1945 and served for 47 years supporting U.S. military and humanitarian efforts around the world. Nearly 250,000 sailors and officers served their country aboard the USS Midway before it was decommissioned (retired) in 1992. Museum includes more than 60 audio tour stops including nearly 30 aircraft ranging from the WWII era to today's technology in Naval aviation. Come be a part of this 'city at sea'!


Children & Youth
Veterans & Military Families
Children & Youth, Veterans & Military Families


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910 N. Harbor DriveSan DiegoSan Diego, CA 92101



  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking




  • Must be at least 18

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