Harry Ransom Center Docent

Open Opportunity


Curious? Resourceful? Eager to dive deep into the humanities and share your accrued knowledge with the public? Become a docent volunteer! We are looking for active learners, great listeners, and strong communicators who want to share the Ransom Center's exhibitions with the world. If you have a positive attitude, earnest desire to learn, and are eager to engage with visitors of all ages, the volunteer docent position is for you. If you would like to be part of our team and celebrate the Ransom Center's world-renowned collections, apply today! Ages 18+.
5 Remaining
Age Limit
18 and up
Requirement Details
General Role
Docent volunteers facilitate an informed interpretive experience to connect visitors with the Ransom Center’s collections. Docents welcome, orient, and guide visitors through exhibitions, including rotating thematic exhibitions (1–3 per year) and permanent exhibitions such as the Gutenberg Bible, Niépce Heliograph, and Frida Kahlo’s "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird".

Time Commitment
Position requires at least 3 one-hour-long tours per month and ongoing independent study of exhibition related content from January 2019 through December 2019. As Ransom Center gallery tours are conducted seven days a week, weekend and weekday shifts are available. New docent volunteers must attend four training sessions throughout January and February 2019.

Job Responsibilities
-Plan, practice, and implement guided tours of Ransom Center exhibitions

-Interpret the exhibitions for visitors of all ages and backgrounds

-Explore the exhibitions to learn their content and context

-Engage with groups of 5–20 visitors in the gallery space

-Study docent materials including labels, articles, and recommended books

-Greet and orient visitors to the Ransom Center

-Steadfast curiosity

-Commitment to independent study

-Attendance at mandatory training sessions

-Familiarity with the layout of the Ransom Center

-Awareness of exhibitions and upcoming programs

-Cooperation with staff and guards to ensure all visitors’ needs are met
-Flexible time commitment

-Complimentary Ransom Center membership upon fulfillment of volunteer commitment

-Unique access to the collections and programs

-Enthusiastic, inclusive volunteer community
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