VolunteersWork with us as a volunteer at the Palmer Museum of Art, and enjoy sparking curiosity, creativity, and inspiration in your community.
Docents are a vital part of the educational mission of the Palmer Museum of Art. They are volunteer educators who lead guided discussion programs about museum collections and exhibitions for a diverse public audience. Docents participate in a rigorous ongoing training program that prepares them to lead a variety of teaching strategies in a number of museum programs.
Qualities that make a great docent are:
- A sincere interest in people of all ages
- An ability to communicate clearly with individuals and groups
- A sense of flexibility and cooperation
- An interest in art and enthusiasm for lifelong learning
- An outlook of tolerance and respect for all people’s point of view
Serving as a museum docent requires a high level of commitment and dedication. Because of this, interested applicants should consider their ability to participate in the program for at least three years. Requirements to serve as a docent include:
- Attending 1–2 training sessions monthly (scheduled on Monday mornings, 10 a.m. to noon)
- Leading at least twenty tours/programs per academic year
- Accepting periodic evaluation by staff
- Joining the Friends of the Palmer Museum of Art membership organization
- Adherence to all program, museum, and Penn State policies
New Docent Training Program
To join the Palmer Museum Docent Program, individuals must submit an application, provide positive results of required background clearances, and successfully complete the New Docent Training Program.
The next opportunity to participate in New Docent Training will be offered in Summer/Fall 2023. Applications are not currently being accepted, but for more information, contact Museum Educator Brandi Breslin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ways to Volunteer
InternshipsAre you a student looking to get credit or payment through an internship at the Palmer Museum?
Visit our Internships page
Friends Leadership CouncilInterested in having a leadership role that impacts and influences all aspects of the Palmer Museum of Art? . . . Learn about council membership.
Learn about the Friends Leadership Council