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Museum Docent (Tour Guide)

Peel Compton Foundation
Bentonville, AR
  • Expired: November 29, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Peel Museum & Botanical Garden is now hiring for a part time Museum Docent.

Peel Museum & Botanical Garden is located minutes from downtown Bentonville on two and a half acres of unique garden space. The historic home was built in 1875 and features stunning Italianate architecture alongside breathtaking Victorian era inspired gardens. With affordable pricing, flexibility, and unique layouts, we can accommodate every type of event.

About the Position:

The Part-time Museum Docent provides support to the Museum Manager and Museum Coordinator by offering tours for the museum and assisting on a variety of museum projects involving the museum collections, educational programing, and docent program. The Part-time Museum Docent will also be asked to fill-in as cashier and/or assist in the museum store as needed. This role is a part-time, paid position.


  • Lead a docent shift (5½ hour shift) 3 times per week and offer experiences and/or tours of the house for visiting guests.
  • Work as cashier in the museum store and/or assist with museum store projects as needed. o Provide excellent customer service to museum visitors and store customers.
  • Perform open and closing duties for the store.
  • Run the register using VEND retail software. o Capture attendance and other statistics.
  • Assist the Museum Coordinator and Museum Manager with the annual inventory (checking in objects and updating object files).
  • Assist Museum Manager with display of collection and rotation of objects as needed.
  • Assist with collection cleaning as needed.
  • Assist with research/writing projects for collection documentation as well as educational and promotional (social media) needs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Who we are looking for....

Qualifications required for your success
  • Willingness to learn the history and narratives for the museum
  • Comfortable working with the public
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Excellent listening and questioning skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer and email competency
  • Flexibility to adjust with the needs of the museum
  • Ability to stand, walk, and climb stairs (on and off for several hours at a time)
  • Commitment to furthering the foundation and museum's mission and goals Additional Helpful Experience Includes
  • Experience offering tours and/or working in a museum setting
  • Knowledge of American / Arkansas History

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an associate to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. If requested, reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the associate is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate objects, tools, controls or machines; reach with hands and arms; speak; hear; stoop; kneel; and crouch.

Peel Compton Foundation


Bentonville, AR
72712 USA