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Museum Volunteer Opportunities

The Dumbarton Oaks Museum has a small, vibrant, and dedicated corps of volunteers. Museum volunteers serve as visitor service assistants or as docents trained to provide tours of the museum and garden.

Serving as a volunteer service assistant or as a docent is contingent on securing a favorable background report. 

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Visitor Service Assistants

Visitor service assistants welcome visitors to Dumbarton Oaks, recommend things to see and do within the museum, and answer general questions about the collection, special exhibitions, and museum facilities.

Visitor service assistants must have excellent communication skills and a warm, outgoing, and professional demeanor. Basic computer skills and internet access for correspondence, training, and scheduling are necessary.

Prospective volunteers attend a brief orientation and training program, which introduces them to the museum’s collections, policies, and programs. Volunteer service assistants commit to serving one three-hour shift each week on a fixed day (Tuesday through Sunday) for at least one year.

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Dumbarton Oaks is not recruiting docents at the present time.