Intrigued by meteorites? Looking to feel more connected your community?
Our grand opening is rapidly approaching and MMGM is looking for docents to be the public face of the museum, guide tours, and help interpret the galleries. Docents are the touchstone of MMGM’s educational mission, providing an important link between the exhibits and visitors. You don’t need to be an expert (though experts are welcome!), just someone with an enquiring mind who likes to share information.
If you enjoy talking about minerals but are not interested in leading tours, then our Discovery Gallery, housing nearly 10,000 specimens, will be the perfect place to share your passion. If you are interested in becoming involved, but feel your knowledge is not specialized enough, then learn about our interactive exhibits and start on our information desk.By committing eight or more hours per month you can join the extended MMGM community and take advantage of exclusive training in meteoritics, geology, minerology, and museum practices.
If you love rocks, don’t miss this opportunity to be among the first to see the completed museum, increase your knowledge, and share it with the public.
MMGM Docent Information:
The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum will house the largest collection of Maine minerals and mining artifacts and one of the largest contemporary collection of meteorites. Located in the quaint village setting of Bethel, the new museum will be an educational asset to the state and a tourist attraction.
Docents will be key to the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum’s educational programming. By facilitating discussion and learning, docents enhance the visitor experience and provide a vital link between the exhibits and the audience. Docents will be provided extensive training about museum exhibits. They lead tours of museum exhibitions for visitors of all ages.
Prospective docents will participate in a comprehensive training course and classes will be offered through an ongoing rotating schedule. The curriculum includes the history of mining in the state, basic mineralogy and geology and an introduction to meteorites—all of which supports the museum’s exhibit narratives. Classes will be taught by museum curators, guest speakers, and seasoned docents.
MMGM is looking for students, retirees, seasonal or full-time residents—anyone who wants to meet like-minded individuals, learn about minerals, gems and meteorites, and serve the museum community.
Apply to be an MMGM docent today!