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Volunteers & Interns

The Mariners’ Museum’s dynamic team of volunteers, docents, and interns have the unique opportunity to spark curiosity, encourage discovery, and generate ideas. Volunteering with us gives you the freedom to share your experiences and knowledge, making our Museum inspiring to our guests and community. The commitment and support of our volunteers provides valuable assistance in all areas of The Mariners’.  

Docent seen teaching children in the International Small Craft Center. Multiple students are seen raising their hands and engaging with the program.


The docent’s role includes serving as greeter, teacher, interpreter, and tour guide. Our docents are the “voice” of The Mariners’ Museum and Park for our guests. The docent gives engaging tours and offers information to inform a diverse public and ensure the enjoyment of the Museum and its facilities. Our docents relate to people of all ages and backgrounds and tailor their presentations to each group. This position interfaces with the public and provides a personal touch to our Museum.

Minimum Requirements

Strong interpersonal skills with a preferred background in public speaking and/or education and the ability to communicate information clearly and concisely are important qualifications to serve as a docent. Personal traits of timeliness, reliability, and diplomacy are expected.


Our volunteer team works with Museum staff members to promote the conservation of our artifacts and living collections. Volunteers are needed every day, seven days a week, making it convenient to find a schedule that accommodates any volunteer’s lifestyle. The Mariners’ Museum strives to place volunteer applicants of all ages, backgrounds, and interests into appropriate assignments and encourages intergenerational, family, and group volunteering. 

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Collections Management
  • Conservation
  • Curatorial
  • Digital Services
  • Education
  • Guest Relations and Membership
  • Junior Volunteer Team
  • Library and Archives
  • Park, Lake, and Trail
  • Special Events
Mariners' Library team member sitting at table with a student volunteer. They are both looking at prints and the student is holding a magnifying glass to see the images in detail.
Junior volunteer painting boy's face.

Junior Volunteer

Our junior volunteer team consists of students ages 13 to 17. The position involves interaction with visitors to the Museum which requires the student to be comfortable speaking in front of an audience and communicating with a variety of ages. The student will be assigned to a gallery station or as a greeter in our main lobby. Orientation and specific training are required for all junior volunteers. Suitable candidates can successfully work alone and as part of a team. Junior volunteers have a strong desire to learn and are highly motivated. 

Conservation intern working in the Clean Lab looking at an object through a microscope.


The Mariners’ Museum offers internship opportunities for college and graduate students. Our interns take part in hands-on projects and work directly with Museum professionals. We take great pride in our internship team and are proud to invest in a student’s future career path.


Beth Heaton
Volunteer and Internship Program Manager
[email protected]
(757) 591-7712

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