Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Maritime Museum of BC.

Volunteers are keen and motivated to be involved with the MMBC at many levels. Master mariners, marine experts, historians, authors, educators, librarians, scientists, administrators, economists, accountants, students, all donate their talents and expertise.

Volunteers engage in various aspects of the Museum, including visitor services, collections, research, library, and archives, playing a vital role in helping us to interpret and preserve our maritime history and culture for the whole community.

Training is provided for volunteer positions.

Please contact us at info@mmbc.bc.ca if you are interested in volunteering with us.

Volunteer Openings

Visitor Centre
We have positions open for volunteers to help with our ongoing weekly schedule throughout the year.

  • Both weekday and weekend positions are available
  • Museum knowledge and /or an interest in maritime history an asset, but not essential
  • Outgoing visitor service skills an asset – ability to meet and greet visitors, give a general interpretation about the museum and answer questions about programs and events
  • Good telephone manner – answer telephone and direct calls
  • Operate a cash register and point of sale experience
  • Training is provided

Craft Workshops

Volunteer openings to facilitate maritime related craft workshops, twice per month on Saturdays, for kids and adults , 1.5 for class, 2 hours for volunteer.

  • A Volunteer is requested to help set up and keep up knot tying interactive display
  • Nautical Knot Tying Workshop – mariners knots, knots for kids, seasonal wreath workshops
  • Sea Glass Jewelry Workshop
  • Shell and Driftwood Mobiles

Assistant Needed: All Things Marine Thrift Store

The Maritime Museum of BC is currently seeking Assistant Volunteers to help us with our operations at All Things Marine Thrift Store. The store sells donated used marine items year-round as a fundraiser for the Maritime Museum of BC. All Things Marine Thrift Store is located in the corner of Canoe Cove Marina, an idyllic 1930s wood cottage, amongst the Douglas furs and overlooking the marina. The Thrift Store is entirely operated by Museum volunteers.

This is a service-oriented position that would be suited to those with an interest/experience/love of boating. Duties include welcoming visitors, pricing items, accepting donations, item repairs, and assisting customers.

The store is open Friday and Saturdays, between 10 AM – 4PM. A supervisor is on-site and provides training. The store is set in a cottage, with stairs leading up to the second floor. The site is accessible via car/bike and is along a bus route.

Hours: Friday or Saturday: 10AM – 4PM (Hours may be flexible, depending on scheduling)
Location: Unit 14, 2300 Canoe Cove Road, North Saanich