Whether behind the scenes, in the art studios, or on tour in the galleries, our docents and interns are an integral part of the museum experience and are vital to the development and implementation of all educational tours and programming at Telfair Museums.
Volunteer docents serve as the Telfair’s most visible and important public ambassadors, conducting tours and welcoming both local and out-of-town visitors. All that is required is a love for art and enthusiasm for meeting new people every day. Don’t know a lot about art? Don’t worry! Through training sessions and special talks led by curators and artists, the knowledge you gain just might surprise you.
Docents have the unique opportunity to actively participate in and promote the arts in the community by introducing residents and visitors to Telfair’s exceptional permanent collection, exciting special exhibitions, educational programs, and three unique buildings. After completion of a six-month training program, docents are asked to commit to a minimum of two years of active volunteer docent service. The initial docent training course is held every fall. Museum staff and guest speakers lead lectures and gallery talks about the Telfair’s history, collections and architecture, touring techniques, and general art history. Additional docent training for special exhibits is held throughout the year. For more information on joining the Telfair’s Volunteer Docent Program, please call at 912.790.8827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To download a docent application, click here.
The Telfair welcomes applications for internships in various museum departments. Students can learn by working directly with museum staff, and gain valuable experience by assisting with research, public programs, marketing, and operations.