Junior Docent Program
Love Space and Science? Join Our Team as a Junior Docent!
Support Our Space and STEAM Awareness Mission as a Junior Docent. Join our volunteer team year round, or just for the summer.
As a Discovery Center Junior Docent, you will join our volunteer program of like-minded teens, adults and Space Foundation team members, who enjoy sharing knowledge about space and science. You will help support the Space Foundation Discovery Center mission: Be the preeminent resource for space education, a trusted source of space information, and a provider of exceptional forums for the exchange of ideas. By volunteering, you may broaden your knowledge in the area of STEAM, gaining new perspectives and experiences that may help impact your future.
Come Join our year round volunteer program! Reach out to Jennifer Walters, Volunteer Program Manager, and she can get you all of the details you will need. Jennifer's email is: [email protected]
We hold monthly volunteer orientations the 4th Thursday of each month. This can change due to scheduling conflicts, so be sure to confirm the date, and that you would like to attend, with our Volunteer Program Manager, Jennifer Walters.
What is a Junior Docent and what is the age eligibility?
As a Junior Docent, you will volunteer your time to support the Space Foundation Discovery Center, sharing our space awareness message with visitors in our gallery and labs and at associated events, mainly our Summer of Discovery program.
You will learn about our many Discovery Center program areas and events and how to support these areas to enhance our visitors’ experience.
A Junior Docent must be between the ages of 15 – 17
What are the Responsibilities of a Junior Docent?
As a Junior Docent, you will be responsible to attend an orientation, be willing to gain on-the-job training while volunteering. After the volunteer orientation, there will be four mentor shifts. Then you can begin signing up for shifts when works best for you. You will become knowledgeable about our space artifacts and exhibits in the gallery, learn to operate other featured labs in the Discovery Center and how to support our visitors' and customers' overall experience while visiting the Discovery Center.
Junior Docents will volunteer under the direction of our Curator of the Discovery Center, and Mentor Volunteers.
You must be dependable, on time for shifts and able to attend an orientation and a training session.
- Volunteer Commitment: In school season, no commitment. In summer season, at least four shifts in June and July, and two shifts in August. We would prefer to see the junior docent at least once per month during the school year to keep up on the Discovery Center volunteer skills.
- Junior Docent volunteer uniform: Khaki pants and a white shirt (polo, dress shirt, blouse; no t-shirts). Volunteer shirt ordered after orientation attended, and the 4 mentor shifts are completed.
- Volunteer Shifts are 4 hours in length. A minimum of four shifts per month in June and July and two shifts in the month of August are required. The Discovery Center is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Occasionally, there may be events outside of these hours in which to volunteer.
- Attend a New Volunteer Orientation. They are held the 4th Thursday of each month, from 4:00pm - 5:30pm. This may change due to scheduling conflicts, so always confirm the date with Jennifer Walters, Volunteer Program Manager.