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

Volunteer openings to process admissions and gift shop sales.
• 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

On-call volunteers needed. Weekly or Bi-Weekly morning (10:00 PM – 1:30 PM) or afternoon (1:30 PM – 5:00PM) shifts are available.

Archive Support

Location: 4000 Seymour Place in our off-site storage location.

We have a variety of volunteer positions available in the archives collection. Scheduling is flexible, but must be on Mondays through Fridays. No weekend or evening volunteer work is available at our off-site storage location.

For more information on volunteering in our archives, please email Jeffrey Olafson, Assistant Archivist, at archives@mmbc.bc.ca.

Digitization Volunteer

Approximate Start Date: January 2020.

The Maritime Museum of BC is currently seeking volunteers for our continuing photograph digitization project. This project is based in our library room, located at 634 Humboldt street.

Prospective volunteers will scan and catalogue photographs in the Museum’s collection to make them further accessible to researchers and the public. The digital files will then be uploaded onto the Museum’s collection database software.

For more information on volunteering in our archives, please email Jeffrey Olafson, Assistant Archivist, at archives@mmbc.bc.ca.

Assistant Needed: All Things Marine Thrift Store

Location: Unit 14, 2300 Canoe Cove Road, North Saanich

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
• 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.

Weekly or Bi-Weekly on Fridays or Saturdays, 10AM – 4PM (Hours may be flexible, depending on scheduling)

Craft Workshops

Volunteer openings to help facilitate maritime related craft workshops.
• Museum knowledge and /or an interest in maritime history an asset, but not essential
• Artistic eye or interest an asset, but not essential
• Outgoing and encouraging personality would work best in this position
• Training is provided

Weekly or Bi-Weekly on Saturdays, 2 PM – 5:00 PM.

Special Event: Classic Boat Festival (September 4 - 6)

We are very glad you have decided to volunteer with us this year. If you are a returning volunteer thank you for joining us again!

We would like to remind you that shifts are 4 hours long and do require standing and walking around for that length of time. Snacks and breaks will also be provided during your shift.

Volunteer Orientation will be held at the Maritime Museum of BC at 634 Humboldt St. We will be handing out Volunteer T-shirts, discussing safety procedures, and going over general information on the festival.

Volunteer Descriptions

  • Docks:This position involves walking the docks. In our bright yellow shirts, we are very visible to the public and to the boaters. We are asked questions, help people to find particular boats and provide over all safety and security on the docks. This position also works ice sales, and first thing in the morning, and around 230, we send one or two volunteers around and ask the boaters if they need ice. This position is 4 hours long, and works between the main floats in front of the Empress, and the Ship Point docks. 
  • Donations:
    Donations are a big part of the festival, and last year we had over $20 000.00 in donations from just the docks alone! Those donation buckets were overflowing. And you, the volunteers had a big part in that!This position involves standing at the top of the dock, asking people for a donation as they enter the festival, and handing out programs and stickers to everyone. This takes place at the top of the dock at the Empress floats, and also at Ship Point where the Marketplace is. 
  • Volunteer Check in and Support:
    This position is located at the Maritime Museum where we will base our Volunteer Headquarters. This position will be waiting to greet the volunteers as they check in and out of their shift.There will be food, water drinks etc in the kitchen for the volunteers, and they are able to come up to the museum for their breaks.If you are a Museum Volunteer already, this may be just for you as you are familiar with the ins and outs of the Museum! THIS POSITION WILL BEGIN AT 0730 EACH DAY.

You can fill out the application form here!