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Docent Information

Docent Information


2016 marks the City of Ontario’s 125th Anniversary since its incorporation on December 10, 1891. Help celebrate Ontario’s 125th Anniversary as a docent at the Ontario Museum of History & Art by sharing our rich history and heritage of community, culture, and commerce with visitors.

The museum is currently looking for volunteers to participate in its docent training program that begins in April. Docents provide interactive group learning experiences through guided tours of museum exhibits and presentations at local schools and community centers. No previous background in art or history is required, just a passion for learning and interacting with visitors. The ability to speak a language other than English is a plus. The benefits of becoming a docent include: building relationships with people who share a common interest, becoming an active participant in the community, and taking behind-the-scenes field trips to destinations around the City of Ontario.

To learn more, join us for one of the following information sessions: 

Docent Application Instructions

• Call (909) 395-2510 for an application to be sent to you or download the file below. Complete the docent application.

• Interview with docent committee and museum staff.

• Upon acceptance into the program, the applicant will fill out an on-line City of Ontario Volunteer Release Form and complete the process for a criminal background check.


• Be physically able to move around the museum building and grounds; to communicate verbally with visitors.

• Attend all sessions of the Docent Training Program (approximately 2 months) and complete take-home assignments.

• Be available for docenting assignments a minimum of 15 times per year.

• Commit to docenting for at least two years following graduation from the training program.

• The ability to speak a language other than English is a plus.

Training Schedule

Training sessions will take place at the museum beginning in April of each year. Program completion is expected in June of each year with a docent graduation. Training sessions will meet on the first three Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the Museum’s Council Chambers.

Training Topics

Training topics give docents information needed to conduct fun and successful tours through lectures, gallery activities, and practice tours. Topics include: Ontario and regional history; secrets to good docenting; an in-depth look at the museum’s two local history exhibits, Road Ways and Gem of the Foothills; and the outreach program Ontario History on the Go. Ongoing orientations give an overview of new exhibits and docents will have the opportunity to go on fieldtrips to local historical sites and museums.

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