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El Paso Museum of Art is Looking for Docents

The El Paso Museum of Art seeks volunteers, from recent graduates to retirees, to become tour guides, also known as docents. Classes are free, and no previous knowledge of art is necessary. Docents have a desire to learn and share information about the arts and humanities, enjoy working with youth and adults, and can devote nine months to the training program between September 2012 and May 2013. Upon successful completion of the training program, docents must commit to giving tours for at least one year. Bilingual skills are encouraged but not required, and docents are non-paid volunteers.

What are the benefits of being a Docent?

As a docent, you have the opportunity to gain and share information about the El Paso Museum of Art permanent collection, as well as meet others interested in art. Docents receive behind-the-scenes visits to exhibitions, and are provided ongoing training led by staff, curators and artists. As an active docent, you become a Member of the museum at the Individual level, and receive invitations to Members’ Previews as well as a 10% discount on purchases at the Museum Store.

What are the requirements after training is completed?

  • Give an average of four tours per month every year between September and May.
  • Attend ongoing monthly training sessions.

What do I need to do to join the Docent program?

Everyone interested in becoming a docent must fill out and submit a Docent Application. Applications will be reviewed, and top candidates will be invited to an interview with Education staff. After interviews, selected applicants will be invited to join the docent program. Upon preliminary acceptance to the program, candidates must fill out the City of El Paso Volunteer Application, undergo a criminal background check, and fingerprint screening.

Application Deadline

August 15, 2012, 4:00 p.m.

For more information and to apply, please call (915) 532-1707 ext. 23 or email

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