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Junior Docent Program

The application window for the 2018 Junior Docent Program opens Friday, April 6. The application deadline is May 5 by 5pm.

Enthusiastic students entering grades 6th-12th are invited to apply for the summer Junior Docent program. Junior Docents become educators for the summer, introducing visitors from around the globe to the unique history of the Pikes Peak region. Junior Docents are trained to interpret exhibits, handle and share information on historic artifacts, lead craft and demonstration activities, and interact with visitors of many ages and backgrounds. Placement in the 2018 Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Junior Docent program is selective and is dependent on several factors including strength of interview, age, maturity, interest, and scheduling availability.

*Past participation in the Junior Docent program does not guarantee acceptance into this year’s program.

Junior Docents are trained to:

  • interpret exhibits,
  • handle and share information on historic artifacts,
  • lead craft and demonstration activities,
  • and interact with visitors of many ages and backgrounds.

Benefits of the Junior Docent program include:

  • gaining a better understanding of regional history,
  • the opportunity to develop important communication and public speaking skills while engaging with a diverse audience,
  • and a chance to meet other history-loving students like you!

Placement in the 2018 Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Junior Docent program is selective and is dependent on several factors including strength of interview, age, maturity, interest, and scheduling availability.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Friday, April 6, 2018: Application window opens. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Saturday, May 5: Applications are due by 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 19: Interviews. *We will confirm your interview time after all application materials are received.
  • Wednesday, May 23: Applicants are notified of acceptance into program.
  • Saturday, May 26: Summer availability calendar is due the museum so we may begin planning the schedule.
  • Saturday, June 2: Required orientation and training day. One parent/guardian must attend the morning orientation session.
  • June 5-9: Required training shift. Junior Docents must attend at least one training shift during this week.
  • Saturday, July 22 – 10:30am-1:30pm: Junior Docent Party in Manitou Springs, CO.
  • Saturday, July 28: Last day of volunteer shifts and the Colorado Grown Festival.

EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

All students accepted to the program are required to:

  • Complete a Volunteer Profile with the City of Colorado Springs
  • Attend an orientation and training with one parent/guardian on Saturday, June 2, 2018 (Returning Junior Docents are also required to attend)
  • Attend at least one training shift during the week of June 5-9. NEW!
  • Submit a program fee of $85 ($65 for members, limited scholarships available). The program fee helps to offset the costs of t-shirts, program supplies, and staff time.
  • Volunteer for a minimum of 8 shifts throughout the course of the program and no more than 24 shifts.
    • Junior Docents provide their availability in advance (due May 26) and we plan the summer schedule accordingly. JDs will receive the schedule on June 2.
    • Shifts: Tuesdays- Saturdays (Shift #1: 10:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m., Shift #2: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
    • Junior Docents run our Weekend Warm-Up program Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20)
    • Junior Docents are also required to volunteer at at least two museum programs during the 2018-19 school year
    • We do not allow double shifts unless a parent or guardian is able to take the Junior Docent to lunch between shifts. We do not have lunch facilities.
  • Other Summer Volunteer Opportunities:
    • Children’s History Hour (10:00 a.m. to Noon.): June 20, June 24, July 18
    • Colorado Grown Festival (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.): Saturday, July 28

Questions? Call or email the Program Coordinator at 719-385-5631 or mpoole@springsgov.com.