ASM Docent Program & Training

Curious about Native American cultures of the Southwest? If you want to engage with others and share your passion for the cultural traditions of the Southwest then the Arizona State Museum Docent Program is the perfect match for you!

Who are ASM Docents and what do they do?

The Arizona State Museum Docents are trained volunteer educators who lead interactive experiences, for visitors of all ages. They have a  curiosity  for cultural traditions of the Southwest and a desire to share that knowledge with others.

Docents lead interactive guided tours of the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits and provide structured and casual experiences for diverse visitors through roaming tours and docent carts. Docents also greet museum visitors, assist at public programs, and lead activities at family programs. 

How can I become a Docent?

Interested in becoming a docent? Apply here. Docent training classes are held each fall. 

Once we hear from you, we will contact you for an interview. 

In Docent training you will learn how to interpret the cultural heritage of the American Southwest. Training includes presentations on archaeology, pottery, basketry, and the history and traditions of the Seri (Comcáac), Yaqui, O’odham, Apache, Diné (Navajo), and Hopi by ASM curators and Native American experts. Docents are asked to serve at least two years, to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours a month, and to participate in ongoing professional development activities. Although the docent season runs October-April, there also are summer opportunities.