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?

Docent training classes are held each fall. To apply, please email Heather Ingram. Once we hear from you, we will contact you for an interview. 

2017 Docent Training 

October 4th through December 14th - Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:00am-12:00pm (except 11/10, 11/22, and 11/24)

$280 ASM Members, $320 non-members. Limited scholarships are available to those who can demonstrate that the course cost is a financial hardship.

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.