Docent Role and Requirements

Docents are an important resource at The Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (NAEC).


As a non-profit organization, the NAEC relies on a dedicated group of volunteers to lead tours, help with operations, and run our many diverse programs. All volunteers must go through a volunteer orientation which includes training on youth interaction and protection. Additional training may be required for specific volunteer assignments. Active volunteers are asked to record a minimum of 8 hours of work per month, throughout the year with a two year commitment.


Docents are among the first people to directly interact with visitors. Docents are stationed throughout the NAEC to answer questions about the exhibits, aircraft, artifacts and engage with visitors. Shift availability depends upon current needs.


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct guided tours
  • Be comfortable speaking to small and large groups of people of all ages.
  • Greet and welcome tour groups and visitors upon their arrival at the NAEC.
  • Provide information to visitors and answer questions while stationed in specific areas.
  • Assist with special events, such as Wings Over Dallas.
  • Distribute literature regarding the NAEC and on-site programs.
  • Rove the NAEC/CAF hangars and galleries to provide assistance to visitors as needed


  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Participate in a minimum of 2 four-hour shifts per month.
  • Have a desire to educate and inspire visitors to the museum.
  • Capable of speaking to large groups.
  • Learn the history of aviation and of the NAEC collection.
  • Must be physically able to conduct tours of the facility as needed.
  • Participate in docent activities and training.
  • Have access to email for training and correspondence.
  • Must be able to provide their transportation.
  • Able to accept supervision and follow direction.
  • Prior knowledge or experience in aviation is not required but would be an asset.