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Deering Estate recruiting volunteers for docent program

MIAMI (December 30, 2016)

If you enjoy meeting like-minded people who love the environment, history, art and conservation, you will enjoy being part of a vital volunteer community at the Deering Estate that is helping to share the story of the Tequestas, the Town of Cutler and Charles Deering. Volunteers will enjoy free park admission, as they lend their time and talents working alongside fellow residents and Interpretive Program Leaders in promoting the treasured attraction. No experience is necessary and training will be provided.

Docents conduct mini-guided tours (30 minutes) of the Historic Houses to visitors of the Deering Estate. The tours explore historical, architectural and/or artistic topics. Docents will also be greeters and provide information to guests. Docents should have a clear speaking voice, have an interest in working with people and must be enthusiastic, cheerful and willing to learn.  A background in history, art, architecture or teaching is helpful, but not necessary.

Docents will sign-up for a minimum of 2-hour shifts twice a month. Shift times are 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Docents will shadow Interpretive Program Leaders and study selected readings to gain knowledge and acquire skills in leading a tour. They will greet guests at our information center, provide information, maps and general knowledge of the Estate.

For more information on becoming a Volunteer Docent at the Deering Estate, please contact Jessica Fiallo at 305-235-1668 ext. 261 or Jessica.Fiallo@miamidade.gov.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided Historic House & Natural Areas Tours, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.