A docent is a knowledgeable guide who leads visitors throughout Morikami, providing historical background about the museum and gardens, as well as answering questions about the museum and delivering commentary on the exhibitions and gardens.
Docents work as a team and learn through self-study and mentoring about Japanese culture and museum exhibits from Morikami staff. Attendance at monthly meetings as well as the ability to stand for long periods and walk the gardens are required.
We are actively seeking new docent educators for our year-round docent volunteer program. (Seasonal residents are welcome.)
Our mission is to engage a diverse audience by presenting Japanese cultural experiences that educate & inspire. Docents are the key to this endeavor as they share their knowledge and love of Japanese culture and art with others and enhance the museum experience for our visitors.
The satisfaction that you have shared your knowledge and love of Japanese culture and art with others and have enhanced the museum experience of our visitors.
Docents complete approximately 45 hours of training that consists of education sessions about our exhibitions and gardens (in person and online), and all docents-in-training shadow current docents during their weekly tours. Docents meet once a month on Mondays for training sessions.
Becoming a Morikami “certified” Docent takes six (6) months to a year depending on your interest and time to learn the material. Training begins on the job right away and you can do self-study with materials we provide, while also working with a chosen docent mentor, and a team of docents. Periodically there are mandatory gallery tours, and docents are strongly encouraged to attend and volunteer at lectures and other educational programming presented by the Morikami to enrich their learning experience.
A love of Japanese art and culture and a strong interest in Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens
Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with small and large groups of varying ages and backgrounds
Desire to work with others as part of a team
Reliability, enthusiasm, and commitment
Ability to commit to one day a week (Tuesday–Friday; in addition to monthly Monday docent meetings)
Ongoing participation in “The Way of the Docent” program including studies in local history,
Japanese tea ceremony, gardens, and Morikami’s changing gallery exhibits
A commitment of at least two (2) years to the program
Basic computer skills, including sending and receiving email and retrieving documents via email
The Docent position works Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm and docent meetings are usually held one Monday per month throughout the year. Periodically there are mandatory gallery tours and other events, which we encourage the docents to attend and volunteer at to enrich their learning experience.
As a docent you will be rewarded with lifelong learning opportunities in Japanese arts and culture, the camaraderie of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens docents, volunteers and staff, and memorable, satisfying experiences as you share your knowledge and love of Japanese culture with others.
Access to Museum galleries and gardens on the days you are training or working
20% Discount on Museum store, 30% during Members Appreciation Weekends
10% Discount at the Cornell Café
Discount on museum memberships purchased at the Dual level or higher
Contact: Diane Valentini at firstname.lastname@example.org