Junior Docents 2014
Dinosaurs, Computers, Space and much more….
June 2nd – August 1st
Join us on an adventure in learning and stewardship for young students. This summer program is offered to individuals entering seventh grade through twelfth grade in school, and ages 13-17 at the start of the Program’s training week. Learn science content, customer service skills, and public presentation skills while working as educators in the Museum's exhibit halls. The program is enriched by the active support of Museum staff, scientists, and curators, who share their content expertise and love of their fields with the Junior Docents.
Optional special projects draw on individual’s interests and skills. Applying art, photography, technology, presentation and writing skills to science content are a few areas that the program encourages.
A few special projects for this year’s program:
• Training in the Naturalist Center
• Developing STARTUP Cart activities (history of the computer)
• Train and conduct Time Tracks Tours, a Junior Docent designed project
The program provides a comprehensive, hands-on, museum experience for middle and high school students. Students learn about the nature of museums as places of education and entertainment and the many museum career opportunities available. A key feature of the program is the opportunity to work with volunteer adult mentors, Museum scientists, and educators while learning about the importance of community volunteerism. Junior Docents discover that they are part of a large number of students throughout the area who are interested in science and education as they are introduced to a wide variety of science and museum-related career possibilities. Our goal is to have students leave the program with a wider appreciation for science and its related fields.
Since Junior Docents began in 1991, more than 750 young people have gone through the program, representing over 40 schools and home school cooperatives in the area.
Dates for the 2014 Program:
Training Dates: June 2nd - June 6th - All Junior Docents must attend.
June 9th – August 1st – Volunteering on the Museum Floor, special events and special projects including field learning!
August 1st – Celebration & Awards Dinner
The main qualification for being a Junior Docent includes the willingness to learn and commit to the program. As well,
Age: 13 - 17 years (at the start of training week) and entering 7th through 12th grades
Attend mandatory week’s training – June 2nd – 6th
Commit to work 40 hours over the course of the summer program: June 9th – August 1st. This typically entails 2 to 3 shifts per week. Each shift is 3 hours, which includes time for special projects, field learning and training review. In addition, there will be opportunities to participate in special events at the Museum.
Maximum two-week vacation/camp/other, which has been calculated into the program. We cannot accept any applications that cannot commit to the full program.
(financial assistance is available; please note need on your initial application).
How Junior Docents are selected:
Junior Docents are selected on the quality of their application and references; this is NOT a first come, first served selection process. New applicants to the Program are required to have an interview. Returning Junior Docents must apply, but your previous experience in the Program will be considered in lieu of an interview.
How to Apply:
Download the New 2014 Junior Docent Application (129 KB), fill it out and return it by March 15th, 2014.
Interviews with the Junior Docent Program Coordinator will happen the week of March 16-22, 2014. Please mark your top three choices for interview times on the application. Your interview time will be confirmed by the Junior Docent Program Coordinator upon receipt of your application.
Download the 2014 Returning Jurior Docent Application (139 KB), fill it out and return it by March 15th, 2014.
Return applications, either electronically or by mail, to:
Kelly White, Junior Docent Coordinator
New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
1801 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
2014 Junior Docent Schedule:
- January 31, 2014 – Applications process opens
- March 15, 2014 – Applications accepted to 5:00pm
- March 15 – 30, 2014 – Interviews for new applicants
- April 7, 2014 – Notification of selection and enrollment form instructions
- April 15, 2014 – Yes/No response required of those selected
- April 30, 2014 – Enrollment forms & payment due
- June 2-6, 2014 – Training week (attendance required)
- June 9, 2014 – Junior Docent shifts begin (8 weeks)
- August 1, 2014 – Final day of Junior Docent Program
- August 1, 2014 – Celebration and Awards Dinner
Please contact Kelly White