The Docent Program is ideal for those seeking work experience and learning through the Museums of Mississauga. The goal of the program is to create a community of enthusiastic learners for education support, engagement platforms and other upcoming new programs at the Museums of Mississauga. Docents are encouraged to bring their specialized skillset to the Museums of Mississauga; their opinions and suggestions will be valued during the learning experience. The Docents are open to explore a variety of ways to lead visitors through special exhibitions and work with staff in development of concepts and tours.
Docents assist with guided tours of the special exhibitions at the Museums of Mississauga for groups of students and adults. Utilizing the techniques of dialogue and inquiry, role play and storytelling, the docent encourages visitors to explore the Anchorage – a repurposed Historic House and the Benares Visitor Centre. The programs may explore topics such as the history of Captain Skynner, his house the Anchorage, the Harris family of Benares and material relevant to current exhibitions. Docents assist in the development of exhibitions, curatorial projects and programs and conduct special activities for students, adults and families.
Activities and Responsibilities:
Docents complete an Introductory Training Course, study selected readings and accompany other docents on guided tours to gain knowledge and skills in leading groups. Docents greet visitors, assist with leading tours and programs and provide feedback of visitor experiences.
Docents must be enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn. They should have an interest in working with people, especially students and be willing to become actively involved in the programs of the Museums. Experience or education in history, political science, art, or teaching can be helpful, although not required.
Supervision, Training and Benefits:
The Community Program Supervisor & Volunteer Coordinator will train and supervise all docents. Docents will acquire teaching skills, gain understanding of the purpose and the Museums and have access to resource publications, lesson plans, exhibit guides and background materials on the Museums, Historic Houses and exhibits.