Volunteer Docent

Nichols House Museum, Boston, MA

Looking for something new to do in 2016? The Nichols House Museum is starting a volunteer docent program! We are looking for anyone over the age of 18 who is eager to learn and share their knowledge with the public. Docents will be trained to give engaging half-hour guided tours of the historic house to visitors who hail from around the world. The program includes 2 months of training (February-March) and requires a one season commitment of volunteer guiding. A season lasts from April-October, with additional special event volunteer opportunities available. An evaluation will be held at the 6 month mark. College students who are interested in the program can commit to two consecutive semesters of guiding. Training will last from 10:00 am-12:00 pm every Tuesday from February 2-March 15. Topics to be covered include: Progressive era history, Nichols Family history, identification of decorative art styles, and visitor engagement. Light additional reading will be required, as will the development of a personal tour script. The museum’s busy season lasts from April-October, when the museum is open 5 days a week. Tour guides are asked to work a minimum of 8 hours per month, in shifts of 2 hours. Tours are offered at the museum every hour from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Tuesday-Saturday. In addition to giving tours, docents will have the opportunity to participate in various continuing education activities throughout the season. To apply, please visit: http://www.nicholshousemuseum.org/about_us.php#internships. Applications due 1/22/16. Posted on: 01/12/2016