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 through various aspects of development, communications, programming, exhibits, collections, research, library, archives and fundraising, playing a vital role in helping us to interpret, preserve and rebuild our future Maritime Museum for our whole community.

Training is provided for volunteer positions. The Museum asks that volunteers consider a minimum 6 month commit, project based upon enrollment.

Please contact Jillan Valpy, Volunteer Coordinator at (250) 385-4222  ect. 113 or email at jvalpy@mmbc.bc.ca



Visitor Welcome/ Gift Shop
Our Museum Society Office has 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

Fundraising Events

Volunteer openings for planning and hosting events on fundraising initiatives.  Serving it Right is an asset.

  • Lecture Series
  • Garage Sale
  • Silent Auction

Outreach and Programming

The Museum relies on volunteers to help with programming activity workshops.

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


Volunteer openings in facilitating

  • storytelling – once a month
  • movie night – once a month
  • music and poetry presentations – TBA

Community Outreach

The Maritime Museum of BC is committed to ensuring its artefact collection continues to be accessible to our community, schools and public through outreach programming.

  • Maritime Memories – History Presentations

We are looking for volunteers with a background in research and public speaking to develop and deliver historical presentations using our artefact collection. Regular scheduled presentations will take place in schools, at community centres, senior centres, and on invitation for Maritime Museum guest speakers.

A presentation generally takes 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the client, and would be based on using artifacts from the Maritime collection.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with community, to do fascinating research, learn and share our maritime history and current events, and meet inspiring people.

Applicants should be aware of the time commitment for the development process and availability for presentations. Development may vary depending on the level of research required but may require up to one day per artefact. Presentations would take up to 2 hours depending on client and location. Presenter have own car for transportation to scheduled locations.

Our Maritime library, archives and collections would be accessible for research purposes and staff will provide direction and support.