The Honorable William H. Webster Docent Corps

Key Responsibilities

  • Greet and lead groups solo through the Museum on a unique highlight tour.
  • Orient guests to the building including the location of bathrooms and exits.
  • Respond to guest questions.

Skills and Attributes

  • Ability to deliver engaging, accurate, and neutral content about intelligence and espionage.
  • Thinks quickly on their feet and can remember tour routes, stories, and details without the use of notes.
  • Confident, clear, and expressive public speaker who connects with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Team player who thrives on collaboration
  • Ability to represent the Museum in a positive and professional manner.
  • Personable, enthusiastic, friendly, responsible and reliable
  • Comfortable working with large crowds and a diverse range of people
  • Ability and willingness to move around the galleries for extended periods of time.


  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Minimum commitment of one (1) year
  • Complete a Spy Museum background check
  • Attend volunteer orientation on Tuesday, September 10 
  • Available to volunteer for at least two, 4-hour shifts a month beginning in December 2024
    • Shifts are currently planned for mid-day on Fridays and Sundays
  • Complete Museum docent training
    • Training program will meet on Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm September 10 through November 12, 2024 (see schedule below)
    • Some sessions will be remote; others will be in-person at the museum.
    • Attendance is mandatory.
    • Docents will be expected to complete roughly 3 hours of work between trainings including reading and watching content materials and preparing tour projects.
    • Docent training will culminate in an approval tour the week of November 18, 2024; only docents who pass the approval tour will be allowed to give tours to the public.
    • If the training times are not possible for you, please reach out to be placed on a waiting list for future training opportunities on different days/times.

Full Training Schedule:

Tuesday, September 10, 2024, Volunteer Orientation - In-Person

Tuesday, September 17, 2024, In-Person

Tuesday, September 24, 2024, Virtual

Tuesday, October 1, 2024, Virtual

Tuesday, October 8, 2024, In-Person

Tuesday, October 15, 2024, Virtual

Tuesday, October 22, 2024, Virtual

Tuesday, October 29, 2024, In-Person

Tuesday, November 5, 2024, TBD

Tuesday, November 12, 2024, Virtual

Volunteer Benefits

  • Access to special lectures, events, and training related to the Museum.
  • Museum store discounts.
  • Two complimentary tickets to the Museum.
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event.


Please fill out the application below and submit it no later than June 15, 2024. Spaces are limited and early applications are encouraged. Interviews will be on a rolling basis as applications are received. Decisions will be made by July 31, 2024.