Join us on an adventure in learning and stewardship for teens!
WHO: Teens entering 7th through 12th grade in the 2015/16 school year and are ages 13-17 during the summer.
WHAT: Join a community of like-minded teens who want to learn science content, customer service skills, and engage with the public while working as educators in the Museum's exhibit halls. The program is supported and enriched by the active involvement of Museum staff, scientists, curators, and volunteers 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, 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 new activities for the Arthropod and Bat Carts
• 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 gain 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 2015 Program:
• Training Week: June 1st - June 5th - All Junior Docents must attend.
• June 1th – July 31st – Work on the Museum Floor, special events and special projects including field learning!
• End of summer celebration – Date to be determined
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 1nd – 5th
• Commit to work 50 hours over the course of the summer program: June 6th – July 31st. This typically entails 2 to 3 3-hour shifts per week. Opportunities to participate in special events at the Museum will also be available.
• Demonstrate strong interest in learning and sharing science with Museum visitors.
• Illustrate curiosity about science and technology.
(Limited financial assistance is available. Contact Kelly White, Junior Docent Coordinator, for more information.)
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 2015 Junior Docent Application (129 KB), complete and return it by March 15th, 2015.
All new applicants are required to have an interview as a part of your application process. Dates of New Junior Docent Interviews are March 16-22, 2015. 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.
Submit 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
IN THE WORKS: PEER MENTORS
A new opportunity is a-brewing in the Junior Docent program!
Are you a returning JD with an interest in expanding your responsibilities in the program? Consider applying to be a Peer Mentor!
Peer Mentors are Junior Docents who, in addition to the regular JD duties, will model top-notch customer skills to their peers, assist in training, and be a teen leader with special projects.
• Participated in the Junior Docent program for at least 2 summers (they do not have to be consecutive summers)
• Must have completed freshman year of high school (or home school equivalent)
• Show initiative, curiosity, and demonstrate a solid understanding of exhibit carts and their background content.
• Illustrated strong ability to work with people of all ages in front line customer service settings.
• Preference will be given to JD’s who work at the Museum during the school year.
Interested Junior Docents must submit a Peer Mentor application and interview with the Junior Docent Coordinator. Only a few Peer Mentors will be selected.
Application Process Details will come soon… please keep an eye out on this page!