History Center Volunteer Guide - Docent

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Orange County Regional History Center

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Orange County Regional History Center

School Tour Guide Volunteers lead groups of children and adults on a fun exploration through the museum’s galleries. Volunteer shifts are weekdays, Monday - Friday, 10am - 1pm. History Center tours explore Florida’s natural environment, indigenous and Native American tribes, pioneers, cattle & citrus, transportation & tourism, and African American history. Volunteers also facilitate 'mock’ courtroom trials, STEM challenges and classroom workshops.

REPORTS TO: Diane Masciale, Museum Services Coordinator

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Guide groups on a 2-hour tour thru galleries telling the stories of the past to enlighten, uplift and inspire the present to build a better future
  • Commit to volunteer an average of one day per week for tours, preferably minimum 12 months
  • Attend Mandatory FALL Docent Training Sessions, choose one of the two set of dates:

DAY 1 Wed., September 26, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DAY 2 Thursday, September 27, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DAY 1 Monday, October 15, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

DAY 2 Tuesday, October 16, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

SPRING Docent Training Sessions: January 16-17, January 28-29, and May TBD.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Curious about exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich history
  • Friendly, adaptable, interested in speaking with museum guests of all ages
  • Minimum Age 18 years
  • Mobility needed for walking groups on a 2-hour tour through exhibits, multiple floors
  • Previous experience with children helpful, but not required

BENEFITS AND AWARDS FOR ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS

Volunteer docents make a tremendous impact on the lives of over 15,000 students annually, many from title-1 schools who have never visited a museum before. In addition to the personal enrichment and growth we strive to provide volunteers, we offer a range of formal benefits:

  • Engaging and rewarding experience working with children and adults
  • Opportunities to gain museum work experience in a Smithsonian-affiliated institution
  • Invitations to quarterly appreciation brunches, special exhibition tours, docent trainings & events, field trips
  • Recognition during National Volunteer Appreciation Week each April
  • A 10 percent Emporium store discount
  • Free parking validation during scheduled volunteer shifts

After 100 hours of volunteer service:

  • Individual Membership - Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc.
  • Eligibility for The President’s Volunteer Service Award

"The children are always alert, really show their interest, and usually have lots of questions." Lou

"...as a Docent, it is a good feeling giving back to my Community. Become an Historian today and Volunteer. It is good for the heart." Stephanie

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WHEN

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WHERE

Orange County Regional History Center65 East Central Blvd.Downtown OrlandoOrlando, FL 32801

(28.543026,-81.37788)
 

SKILLS

  • Teaching / Instruction
  • History
  • Community Outreach

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Commit to volunteer one morning per week.
  • Social Security Number: Pursuant to Section 119.07(5), Florida Statutes, Orange County Government

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