In anticipation of tens of thousands of school children that visit Utah’s “People’s House” during Legislative Session, the Utah State Capitol invites Utahns to apply to join its volunteer team of educational docents—or tour guides.
Docents provide an invaluable service to Capitol visitors, especially visiting school children, by interpreting Utah’s unique history and highlighting the Capitol’s architecture, artworks, and government functions.
This year marked the hundredth year that the Utah State Capitol has been the house of Utah’s state government. Docents will have the special opportunity to shadow leaders of the Capitol Restoration that took place from 2004 to 2008 as part of training, as well as interact with government officials and state legislators while on shift and for trainings.
“Docents serve as living links between the people of Utah and the house of their state government,” said Allyson Gamble, executive director of the Capitol Preservation Board. “We are grateful for the countless hours and incredible talent they share with Capitol visitors from all walks of life.”
Volunteers are asked to commit to 4 hours every other week, for a minimum of one year. Guided tours of the Capitol are given on the hour between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Training for this position begins on a rolling basis and includes an orientation, workshops on tour topics and skill development, as well as tour shadowing. Volunteer applications are due Friday, December 2, 2016.
To learn more about becoming a Capitol docent or to ask specific questions, please contact Emmylou Manwill, Visitor Services Manager for the Utah State Capitol, at 801-538-1800 or [email protected].