Docents

Have you ever thought of being docent? Do you know someone who might be interested? Docents learn about art and history and lead interactive discussions with diverse audiences. As part of our dynamic team you will discover the benefits of life-long learning while representing the Albany Institute to the community and sharing our rich cultural heritage.

Training classes begin in September for new docents and are held between September and May for 2 hours.

Available positions:

General Docent- Lead tours of the museum’s exhibitions for the public and scheduled groups (excluding school programs). Time commitment after training is 2-4 hours per month.

School Programs Docent- Conduct curriculum-based gallery lessons of the museum’s exhibitions for elementary, middle, and high school students. Time commitment after training is 4-6 hours per month (weekday availability required).

Art Making Docent- Lead art making lessons for school groups and assist staff with art activities during the museum’s Family Days. Time commitment after training is 4-hours per month.

Gallery Attendant

Gallery Attendants are important members of the visitor services team at the Albany Institute of History and Art.  The gallery attendant will work with museum staff to provide visitors with a positive and enriching experience at the Albany Institute.  Volunteers will assist guests with navigating the museum, monitor galleries, provide visitors with general information, and answer questions when needed.  Volunteer attendants are expected to commit to one 2 hour shift a month.  

  • Friendly, outgoing,  good customer service skills
  • Attentive and engaged for 2 hour shift
  • Responsible for greeting and directing guests through the building
  • Providing general information about exhibitions and museum events
  • Monitor galleries and help enforce museum regulations
  • Assisting museum staff with special events
  • Keep a daily log of visitor activity and notes for facilities
  • Weekend hours: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm

Gallery Attendants will receive free skills development and on-the-job training for each new exhibition.

Become a Volunteer!

Anyone interested in these opportunities should submit a volunteer application or contact Director of Interpretive Programs Patrick Stenshorn by email stenshornp@albanyinstitute.org.