The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at The University of New Mexico is seeking docents. The volunteer positions are ideal for students but anyone over the age of 18 can apply. No experience is necessary.

"The Maxwell's Docent Program is a unique opportunity for UNM students to not only learn about the stories and peoples of the Southwest and beyond, but to also gain practical, career-building skills in public speaking, community programming, and interdisciplinary education,” said Sara Webb Hiris, Maxwell curator of Education.

Anyone interested in becoming a Maxwell docent can fill out an online form.

“Docents are the heart of the Maxwell’s educational offerings, serving K-12 students and the public,” Hiris remarked, noting, “They are vital and cherished members of the community team, connecting with people of all ages to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.”

Docents are continually learning, she said, and should be flexible and open to new ideas. In addition, the perks of being a docent include continuing education opportunities with potential for UNM coursework, insider knowledge of exhibits, access to the museum education library, and a Maxwell Museum membership, which includes museum store discounts.

There is more ahead at the Maxwell too, Hiris said, adding, "Now that The Maxwell is once again fully staffed, we are cultivating new ideas and opportunities for the UNM community and beyond. Stay tuned!"

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