Become a Volunteer

Do you love going to museums, or are interested in a museum career, but are unsure where to begin? The Museum offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for adults as well as students who are at least 15 years old. Opportunities range from serving as Art After Dark volunteers to docents.   Museum staff members provide orientation and guidance for volunteers, as well as festive social occasions during the season.

Listed below are just some of the Norton’s volunteer programs and opportunities. To find out how you can share your talents as a Museum volunteer, contact Lisa Flynn, Program and Volunteer Coordinator, at (561) 832-5196, x1113, or use the online contact form.

Docent Program - New!

In February 2019, The New Norton opens to the public. You can be part of this exciting transformation by becoming a docent!

Docents are specially trained volunteers who enable Museum visitors of all ages to enjoy the Norton Collection and special exhibitions through age-appropriate, interactive tours. You do not need to have an art background to apply for the docent program—we will teach you! All you need are excellent communication skills, an enthusiasm for exploring and learning about works of art, and a desire to promote art’s ability to engage, surprise, and illuminate. Docent candidates participate in an intense training program, including an initial eight-month training program before becoming eligible to be a Docent.

Initial training takes place on Wednesdays, 1 - 4 p.m., from May 2 through July 10, and resumes Sept. 12 through Dec. 19, 2018. Candidates will also meet with veteran docents and Museum staff on select Mondays next fall for additional training.

Docent candidates must be full-time Florida residents.

The deadline to apply to the Docent Program is March 8, 2018.

Finalists for the Docent Program will be invited to participate in an informal interview.

Notification of acceptance is April 6, 2018. Apply online HERE.

To learn more about the program, contact Erica Ando, Associate Curator of Education for Public Programs.

This program is made possible with support from The Donald and Linda Silpe Endowment for the Continuing Education of Docents and the Mahon Endowment for Docent Education.