We appreciate your interest in learning more about the Docent Volunteer Program at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. Joining the Docent Guild is a serious commitment of your valuable time.
A Docent’s main priority is to greet visitors and share approved information about President Nixon in historical context. When you become a Docent your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your overall spirit of service will make an enduring impression on our guests from around the globe.
What will be expected of me?
Once you complete training you will be expected to work a certain number of four-hour shifts during each month. Those who are employed or are students for more than 25 hours each week will work a minimum of two times each month. All others will work three times a month. With our very flexible scheduling it is easy to select convenient times—weekdays, weekends, mornings or afternoons. Docents are positioned throughout the Library during its hours of operation, from 10 am to 5 pm, six days a week, 11 am to 5 pm Sundays. There are two shifts per day, a maximum of 3½ hours in rotating positions.
Four times a year the Docent Guild conducts an Information Open House during which interested persons can attend a fast-passed two-hour meeting with working Docents. This is a prerequisite to beginning training. You will experience first hand the roles, responsibilities, and rewards of being a Docent. During the Open House you will walk the grounds with Docents and discuss the volunteer’s role along the way, followed by a Q & A session where you can ask any questions on your mind.
Qualifications of Potential Docents
- A sincere desire to preserve and share the legacy of President Richard M. Nixon
- Good interpersonal skills and a desire to relate to visitors in a professional manner
- The ability to study and learn materials provided during a training period
- A sincere interest in greeting and serving visitors from all over the world
- The verbal communication skills and public speaking ability
- The time and commitment to fulfill the volunteer requirements
- The physical ability to stand for 3 ½ hours and climb stairs
- The ability to pass a federal security background check
The Training Outline
- Attend a Saturday half-day orientation session which launches the training
- Participate in meetings with an ambassador (mentor) who will see you through the process
- Begin a five-session training period on duty in uniform with five experienced Docent trainers and shadow an actual tour