Docent Program


Stewards of the Sea Docent Recruiting Poster 2015
                                                                            (U.S. Navy Digital Illustration)

As a Stewards of the Sea (SoTS) docent, you will have great opportunities to learn about the U.S. Navy's environmental and energy initiatives, and meet people from all over the world. When you volunteer, you are not only providing a service to all the museum's visitors, you are also learning a wealth of information and gaining important communication skills!

Additionally, you have the opportunity to learn from others, such as Navy veterans, college students or anyone interesting in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, and public, scientific and regulatory communities.

Docents will guide visitors through the exhibit and educate the public about:

  • Steps the Navy takes to protect marine life
  • Marine mammal research and monitoring
  • How the Navy manages shipboard waste
  • The importance of the Navy's mission at sea

Additional benefits:

  • Free training
  • Free parking
  • Volunteer holiday luncheon
  • Navy Museum National Award Recognition Program
  • 25 percent admission discount for family and friends
  • 25 percent discount at the Banana Pier Gift Store

How to Apply

  1. Contact us
  2. Fill out a Docent Application and a Docent Questionnaire for the SoTS Docent Program
  3. If you active duty, we will have to obtain permission from your supervisor, since you will be representing the Navy during off-duty hours
  4. Once your application is approved, you will be contacted by the SoTS Docent Museum Manager; we will schedule a training session during a Monday morning, in conjunction with the Hampton Roads Navy Museum in downtown Norfolk

*Please note that E-6 active duty docents will wear the Navy Service Uniform (NSU), and E-7 and above will wear khakis while volunteering at the exhibit, unless there is a special event that requires a different uniform of the day.