The Museum needs enthusiastic people who enjoy public speaking and working with a variety of museum patrons of all ages, especially school‐aged children. Docents must have a sincere interest in art and history, though no formal background is required in either subject area.
Becoming a San Antonio Museum of Art Docent is a commitment:
Interviews: Before the entering the training program, candidates participate in a group interview and learn about the program from active docents. The next interview/preview sessions will take place
Orientation and training: New docents entering the program must attend a five-day New Docent Orientation. Following orientation, weekly training classes are held on Mondays from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. throughout the school year. Trainings focus on the Museum's collection, age‐appropriate tour techniques, inquiry methods, and gallery activities.
Time commitment: Candidates must be able to commit at least three years to the program.
Year 1: Participate in weekly training
Year 2: Participate in monthly training sessions focused on tour development and lead school tours at least one half‐day per school day week
Year 3+: Participate in monthly continuing education trainings and lead school tours at least one half‐day per school day week
Knowledge: Become proficient in all school tour themes offered by the education department, covering every collection area in the Museum.
Email access: Maintain email contact and internet access.
Membership: Become a Museum Member at your preferred level.
To apply, please complete this application and send background check form to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line DOCENT APPLICATION (YOUR FULL NAME).
If you have questions or would like to learn more about becoming a docent at the San Antonio Museum of Art, please contact Tripp Cardiff, Docent Program Manager: