The docent commitment requires a substantial amount of time and energy. The first year is the probationary period. If accepted into the program, docents must complete the initial training and fulfill a minimum number of tour hours per year as well as participating in continuing education sessions. The first year is a probationary period, after which a docent’s standing in the program will be assessed.
In addition to the online application below an interview is required.
The Getty values a diverse docent program and welcomes enthusiastic individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Each applicant will be considered on the basis of individual ability and merit, without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender or marital status. In order to ensure a safe and secure working environment, all volunteers are required to undergo a background check, including a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) request.
A warm, professional appearance and knowledge of museum programs are important. Furthermore, Getty docents are courteous, flexible, collegial, and supportive of one another, recognizing that life-long learning and teaching are much easier when everyone pulls together. Recruits to the program will be expected to have these qualities and to adopt this philosophy.
I certify that the answers and statements provided by me in this application are true, correct, and without omissions. I authorize the Getty to investigate and/or verify information provided and any other information that might assist it in determining my qualifications for volunteering, including as a volunteer working with children. I release the Getty and my former employers and all others from liability from damage, which may result from such investigation, if upon such investigation, anything contained in this application is found to be untrue.