Share in the Adventure . . .
Opportunities as Docents, Volunteers or Muses
  MNA can only fulfill its mission with the help of friends who contribute their time and talent.

Submit your completed Volunteer Information Form to:
Volunteer Coordinator
Museum of Northern Arizona
3101 N. Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

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Docents are an essential part of the educational services that the Museum of Northern Arizona extends to its members and the general public. Museum docents are volunteer educators who assist the Museum in interpreting the natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau and in helping the public to understand fine arts, anthropology, special exhibitions, and the historical legacy of the Museum of Northern Arizona. Every year, docents enrich the education of more than 6,000 people of all ages.

Docents serve in a variety of capacities, such as: 

  • Providing general and specific tours of exhibitions
  • Interpreting special exhibitions
  • Orienting visitors and providing general information
  • Providing special programs, such as hands-on-activities for children and demonstrations at special events
  • Serving as gallery guide for drop-in visitors
  • Instructing or presenting programs to special interest groups at the Museum
  • Acting as guides to the Museum's nature trail and amphibian pond
  • Acting as Museum Ambassadors

To enter the docent training program, a minimum two year commitment and an interest in working with children are required. After graduation, we encourage docents to continue being active by committing up to 60 hours of service each year.   For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at 928-774-5213, ext. 275.

Volunteers play an integral role in the Museum's daily operations and special events. From working in collections and archives, to assisting in the cleaning and conservation of fossils and artifacts, to welcoming guests at the summer festivals, volunteers provide essential support to MNA's mission.

Where Volunteers Serve at MNA

Publications Help promote the Museum by updating databases, processing publication orders, and assisting with mailings.
Museum Shop and Bookstore Assist in retail operations at Museum Bookstore and Museum Shop specializing in Native American jewelry and art. Must enjoy working with the public! Experience is helpful, but not necessary. Training in sales procedure and merchandise provided.
Public Programs and Events The Museum hosts a number of special events including our Heritage Program Festivals, Memberís Exhibit Preview Receptions, among other possibilities. Volunteer during these fun and educational events by serving as a hospitality host, greeter, working with children in the creation of childrenís art projects, and assisting with security.
Docent Program Learn to be a tour guide in the Museum by attending a comprehensive six-month training course regarding archaeology, ethnology, geology/paleontology, ecology, fine arts, and more. Training begins in January each year and a commitment of at least two years is required. Please fill out the Volunteer Information Form and contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 928-774-5213 x275 for more information.
Education Assist staff of Education Department in all administrative functions. Special projects can be developed based on volunteer interest.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at 928-774-5213, ext. 275.

The Muses The Muses are a Sedona based group of women and men who work to support MNA's mission to "inspire love and responsibility for the Colorado Plateau".  Monthly meetings provide many opportunities for camaraderie as well as taking advantage of the many educational offerings available through MNA.

More information about The Muses  here!

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