Docent Program

Mayo Clinic has long been known for its commitment to the use of well-trained and resourceful volunteers in supplementing and complementing the goals of its programs and departments.

The Mayo Clinic Docent Program is among many diverse service opportunities available for volunteers. Docents will lead between six and 10 one-hour tours of Mayo Clinic Hospital each year.

Docent training involves studying printed, graphical and photographic material provided by Volunteer Services and other Mayo Clinic sources, including a comprehensive summary of Mayo's history as well as floor-by-floor recaps of hospital facts and key activities prepared by our docents.

Prospective docents are also provided with multiple opportunities to shadow an experienced docent leading a tour.


Ideal candidates for the Docent Program are:

  • Willing to learn and are comfortable with continuing self-education
  • Flexible, adaptable and able to "turn on a dime" when the situation calls for it
  • Good listeners and communicators with the self-confidence to address small groups and field sometimes-challenging questions on the fly
  • Enthusiastic team players willing to pitch in where necessary

Application process

To apply for the Docent Program, complete and submit these forms. Paper copies of these forms are also available in the Volunteer Services office at the Scottsdale campus and the Information Desk at the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic.

Submit your completed application materials by email, fax or mail to:

Volunteer Services
Mayo Clinic
13400 E. Shea Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85259
Fax: 480-301-4110

After you submit your application materials, Volunteer Services will contact you to schedule an interview.


For more information about the Docent Program, or if you have questions about the application process, contact:

Mayo Clinic Volunteer Services
Phone: 480-301-6142