Docent Training Program

The Docent Training Program is a year-long experience in which participants learn how to conduct 45-minute gallery tours of the Jewish Museum's exhibitions. Those who pass the course by developing a successful gallery tour may become Jewish Museum docents.

Department: Education
Reports to: Senior Director of Education
Date posted: July 12, 2018
Schedule: Part-Time


Provide tours to the public and Jewish Museum members of the permanent collection and rotating exhibitions.


To apply:

  • Complete the Volunteer Application and email it to the museum specifying your interest in the Docent Training Program.
  • Select applicants will be invited to come to the museum for an interview. For the interview, prepare to speak about an object or work of art for 5 to 10 minutes. (You may bring in an original work or a reproduction.)
  • Those accepted into the Docent Training Program will be notified over the summer and will begin training in October, participating in weekly training sessions to help them prepare tours of the museum's exhibition Scenes from the Collection.
  • Participants will then present their respective tours to members of the museum's staff in the spring of 2019.
  • Those who pass their audition by conducting a successful tour will be offered the opportunity to become museum docents.

Please note: Not everyone who participates in the Docent Training Program will be accepted as a docent.

Applicants should have a strong background in art history, museum education, and/or Jewish culture; be comfortable with public speaking; and have a passion for teaching in museums.

To apply, please submit the volunteer application to:

The Jewish Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.