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Volunteering at Maritime Gloucester

Maritime Gloucester needs your talent and time! Becoming a volunteer will help Maritime Gloucester provide the best programs and experiences to our members, visitors, and community. 

We offer a variety of unique volunteer roles to suit your interests and our diverse set of needs. All volunteers must attend one volunteer training session before they begin volunteering with us. We ask that volunteers volunteer with us at least two times per month during our busy June-October season but we will happily welcome you for any time you can give.


To get started please read the descriptions of the different volunteer roles and fill out the Volunteer Application, selecting the role(s) that best suit your interests.  If you have already done so and completed the required training you can go directly to our calendar of Upcoming Needs

Feel free to contact us with any additional questions at

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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”
— William Shakespeare

MSEC Volunteer

The Maritime Science Education Center (MSEC) is our year-round, indoor science education space. Volunteers in our MSEC will be interacting with visitors, ensuring proper use of touch tanks, talking about the animals that are in the tanks, helping with activities in the Plankton Lab and helping with feedings. 

Gallery Docent

People person?  Have a love for Gloucester’s diverse history and maritime heritage?  For this role we ask you to be prepared to greet visitors and provide basic interpretation of Maritime Gloucester’s indoor exhibits and resources.  Hours are flexible, but most needed in the summer season.

Program Volunteer

The Maritime Gloucester Education team offers drop-off and drop-in programs over school and summer breaks. Volunteers for these programs will be helping with materials for activities, interacting with kids while in the aquarium, helping educators with an extra set of eyes.

Campus Helper

Are you more interested in working behind the scenes? Do you have a particular talent that you think would be helpful to us? We have a running list of other tasks that need to happen around our campus and we would welcome your help. These tasks may include but are not limited to carpentry, painting, admin work, gardening, event help, education supply organization, etc. 

Event Based Volunteers

Interested in helping to support Maritime Gloucester look great and deliver on our signature events?  We seek support staff to help us during events such as fundraisers, membership events, and outside rental of our facilities. Some lifting may be needed, but not required.  This role may include setting up chairs or tables, manning memberships tables, checking in guests, coordinating information booths, cleaning up after events, and/or working with vendors or guests during events.

All volunteers over the age of 18 in program or public facing rolesare required to submit to a CORI check. 

Looking for our Internship Programs? Click Here to Learn More!

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.” – Author Unknown

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