Volunteer 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. 

Volunteer jobs are unique and integral to our mission. They enhance the visitor experience and provide rewarding opportunities to our volunteers.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Aquarium Interpreter – Are you interested in marine life?  Like working with kids and families?  Aquarium interpreters describe the creatures in our touch tanks, make sure that the animals are safely handled, and give background information on the local environment.  Tank upkeep and general maintenance are required.  Position runs from the end of May until the end of June, then restarts for the months of September and October.  Training is available.  Note:  This position is avaliable to adults only.  Students are encouraged to apply to our Summer High School Internships and Summer College Internships.   

Gallery Docent/Visitor Outreach – People person?  Have a love for Gloucester’s working waterfront?  Be on hand to greet visitors and provide basic interpretation of Maritime Gloucester’s exhibits and resources.  Training is available.  Hours are flexible, but most needed in the summer season.

Shop Assistant - Shop Maritime, the gift shop at Maritime Gloucester is seeking volunteer shop assistants. Shifts include Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 12 - 4pm. Shop assistants must be outgoing and personable and will assist Shop Staff in greeting and helping visitors to Maritime Gloucester. Local knowledge is useful as many of our visitors are tourists looking for general information about Gloucester.

Native Species Gardener – Native plantings throughout the Sea Pocket Touch Tank Aquarium help naturalize our exhibit and provide habitat examples.  We are looking for a volunteer to help with the upkeep of the native plantings including planting, watering, cutting, and general maintenance. 

Event Volunteers – Throughout the year, Maritime Gloucester hosts engaging events and programs for our members and the public.  The events range in size and scope—Maritime Gloucester TALKS, our winter speakers series to our annual Schooner Festival weekend over the Labor Day holiday.  Jobs include, planning, administrative, reception desk, publicity, set up, and clean up, among others.

Photographer – Maritime Gloucester is always looking for terrific shots of our events and programs for use in our communication media.  If you like snapping away, this is a perfect job for you!  Events take place throughout the year with many occurring in the summer months.

Facility & Equipment Maintenance – Throughout the season, the grounds need caretaking and light cleaning to keep everything looking ship-shape.  Maritime Gloucester’s campus includes galleries, classrooms, labs, historic mill building, boathouse, railway, small vessels, and piers and docks. Perfect job for corporate teams!  Hours are flexible.

Something Else? – Interested in volunteering and have a specific skill that you think might lend it self to the work at Maritime Gloucester?  Call us to discuss or make mention on the volunteer application.  We are open to your ideas and interests.

Benefits of volunteering

  • Learning about Gloucester’s rich maritime history and ecology;
  • Discovering Maritime Gloucester “behind the scenes”;
  • Networking with professional and other volunteers who are passionate about Gloucester’s maritime history and marine science;
  • Developing career skills;
  • Making a significant contribution to the public understanding and appreciation of maritime history and marine science.

In addition, volunteers receive:

  • Recognition at the annual members party, special volunteer events, and in our annual report;
  • A Maritime Gloucester t-shirt.

Please join us!

Our adult volunteers come from diverse backgrounds, and each brings a unique perspective and experience. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.  We offer all volunteers a general orientation. Additional training is provided for some volunteer roles.  Volunteers working with children are required to complete a background check, including a CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) request.  We accept applications year round from people of diverse age, experience, ethnicity and physical ability.

If you're interested in learning more, please contact us one of the following ways:

  • Complete the on-line Application Form;
  • Download the PDF Application Form, complete it and return it to Maritime Gloucester;
  • Stop by and apply in person at 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester, MA 01930.

For more information about the Maritime Gloucester’s Volunteer Program, please contact call 978 281-0470 or email volunteer@maritimegloucester.org.

On line Application

Click here to fill out the application online. Click here for a printable version of the form.

Volunteer in Action

Check out this video of awesome docent, Fran Aliberte working the room and the rope machine in our Gorton's Seafoods Gallery.