Penn Museum Is Now Accepting Applications for Its Volunteer Docent Program
Penn Museum is currently accepting applications for a new group of weekday and/or weekend Volunteer Docents, with training to begin in October.
Volunteer Docents receive free training by a host of University of Pennsylvania Museum staff and scholars, including leading archaeologists and other researchers active in the field. They develop and lead tours through Penn Museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries, featuring materials from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Americas, Africa, the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and more. Docents guide a wide range of school and adult groups, Tuesdays through Fridays, as well as some weekends.
Primary requirements include an interest in archaeology, anthropology, and world cultures, along with a willingness to make a regular commitment. Training to lead a gallery tour takes between six to twelve months. Docents need to be able to devote at least one day a week to training for or leading tours.
Penn Museum is actively recruiting volunteers to assist with the upcoming Secrets of the Silk Road exhibition beginning in February. The volunteer positions include the many aspects necessary to ensure success of this exhibit. Penn Museum will need volunteers to greet visitors, assist at interactive stations, and provide information regarding the exhibit. There will be ongoing training provided to volunteers.
Fill out the online form here. For more information contact Jane Nelson, Volunteer Coordinator, at (215) 898-4277.