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Docent Training Whitney Museum

Docent Training Program - Whitney Museum



If you’ve ever listened to a free public tour at the Whitney Museum, you already have an idea of what it means to be a Whitney docent. Docents welcome and engage visitors by giving extended introductory tours of current exhibition, providing interpretive insights and historical context to the works of art on view.  If you’re someone who has thought that it would be something you’d like to do, here is your opportunity! 

We are looking for articulate, intelligent, and motivated people who are willing to make a long term commitment to the Whitney community and to share their enthusiasm for art in a serious and thoughtful way. We are seeking a diverse pool of applicants. You can be a docent even if you work during the day as training sessions and tours will be planned both days and evenings. Expertise in museum education and in modern or American art history is a plus, but not a prerequisite. Whitney docents come from a range of backgrounds. Current docents include recent college graduates, working professionals, retirees, artists, stay-at-home parents and more, and range in age from their 20s to their 70s. In addition, we are looking for candidates who are fluent in one or more foreign languages.

We are now accepting applications for our new docent training program which will begin in the fall of 2019. The training program is rigorous and covers modern American art history and theory as well as object research, analysis and presentation and is a valuable experience in its own right. Around half of those who start the training program can be expected to become docents. Ongoing enrichment and professional development opportunities and community building are also an integral part of the Docent Program.  

Whitney docents volunteer their time and must be willing to make a minimum commitment to the docent program of two years after training although many stay on much longer than that. Applicants must be available to tour on Mondays, Fridays, or weekends to apply. All docents are expected to tour two to three times a month throughout the year including summers.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.  The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the position to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels.  This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

For further information or to apply, go to or e-mail  Application deadline is March 31, 2019.