Thank you for your interest in the Japanese Friendship Garden Docent Training Fall 2019.
Applications for Docent Training Fall 2019 are now closed. Feel free to join us in Spring 2020; an official training has not been scheduled yet, but we’d love to hear from you. Send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in joining the JFG Docent Program.
Missed the deadline for docent training but still want to be involved? The Visitor Engagement & Education Department is also looking for a department volunteer - more information available here: http://www.niwa.org/deptvol
Become a Japanese Friendship Garden Docent
The Japanese Friendship Garden (JFG) is recruiting enthusiastic individuals who would like to enhance their garden experience through volunteer service as docents. JFG docents primarily lead public and private tours of the garden, which involves being familiar with several aspects of the garden. This includes learning about JFG garden history, Japanese gardening principles, assorted tidbits about Japanese culture, and other topics in order to properly engage with a variety of guests. Docents act as ambassadors of JFG, allowing increased visibility of JFG through educational outreach at schools, but also within the garden through Docent Dialogues, where docents are available to answer guests’ questions about the garden or help explain more about the garden.
• Completion of Docent Program Application
• Completion of ten-week docent training program
- Training begins September 8, 2019
• A minimum one-year commitment to guiding tours
- Typical schedule is one-hour tours; twice a month
• Attendance at monthly docent meetings
• Active JFG membership
- Can be purchased during docent training
Qualified prospective docents are:
• Motivated, self-learners
• Flexible and passionate about sharing JFG with guests
• Able to interact with a variety of individuals
Docent positions are intended for individuals over the age of 18. Docents must be able to adhere by all JFG volunteer policies and Docent Program policies. Acceptance into the docent program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check.
What is involved in the JFG Docent Program Training?
Prospective docents will undergo a ten-week training that involves learning about the Japanese Friendship Garden in-depth, including learning about the history of the garden, Japanese gardening principles, and assorted aspects of Japanese culture.
Prospective docents will also shadow experienced JFG docents to improve their understanding of tour execution.
Additional hours of self-study are involved. Prospective docents should allot extra time outside of training for studying and research.
For additional information, please feel free to contact Alexis Abille (Visitor Engagement & Education Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Banner photo by Dominic Nepomuceno