Volunteer Opportunities

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Your time and talents can truly make a difference. The rewards are rich as you help future generations learn and grow. In addition to working with young people, we offer volunteer opportunities as interns, hosts at our events, and assistants in the Joseph L. Brechner Research Center.

Volunteer Docent Program

Impact Your Community While Making History

  • Learn about our area’s history and share your knowledge
  • Experience the satisfaction of helping visitors of all ages
  • Attend orientation and training
  • Commit to one morning a week
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus

Orientation and Training

Docent training involves weekly sessions and is organized into two parts. Training Part 1 goes in-depth with exhibit content, museum teaching techniques, and best practices. Training Part 2 enables volunteers to co-teach alongside staff and peer docents. After a maximum of 10 weeks, volunteers will begin touring with groups on their own.

Session 1: April – May

Orientation – Check Out a Tour!

• April 1-12: any one day, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Training Part 1 – Exhibit Content & Museum Teaching Techniques

• April 17: 9 -10 a.m., fourth-floor exhibits
• April 24: 9 -10 a.m., third-floor exhibits
• May 1: 9 -10 a.m., second-floor exhibits
• May 8: 9 -10 a.m., museum teaching techniques & best practices

*All four training dates are required before moving on to the next phase of training.

Training Part 2 – Practice

• May 9 – June 21: Any four days, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m., co-teaching

Session 2: June – August

Orientation – Check Out a Tour!

• June 3-7: any one day, 10:30am-12:30pm

Training Part 1 – Exhibit Content & Museum Teaching Techniques

• June 12: 9 -10 a.m., fourth-floor exhibits
• June 19: 9 -10 a.m., third-floor exhibits
• June 26: 9 -10 a.m., second-floor exhibits
• July 10: 9 -10 a.m., museum teaching techniques & best practices

*All four training dates are required before moving on to the next phase of training.

Training Part 2 – Practice

• July 11-August 9: Any four days, 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m., co-teaching

Benefits for Active Volunteers

  • An engaging, rewarding experience
  • Special tours of exhibitions
  • Opportunities to learn through docent training
  • Free parking validation during scheduled volunteer shifts
  • A 10 percent discount in our gift shop
  • Quarterly appreciation brunches
  • Recognition during National Volunteer Appreciation Week each April
  • After 100 hours of volunteer service:
    – Complimentary individual membership
    – Eligibility for President’s Volunteer Service Award

For more information, please call our volunteer coordinator, Diane Masciale, at 407-836-8523, or email her at Diane.Masciale@ocfl.net. Please click on the link below to complete the volunteer application and email it to Diane.

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