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.

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: Victoria Classic Boat Festival (August 31 - September 2, 2019)

The Maritime Museum of BC is proud to host the annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival (August 31 – September 2)! For over 40 years, the Victoria Classic Boat Festival has showcased classic boats from all over the Pacific Northwest each Labour Day Weekend. Each year, approximately 10,000 visitors tour the docks and the boats on display. In 2017, the Maritime Museum of BC took over operations of the Festival, incorporating marine-related exhibitions and family-friendly programs into the weekend’s activities.

The Festival is run by Museum staff, Board members, and dedicated volunteers. Outlined below are the positions and shifts that still need to be covered:

Submit your Volunteer Application for the Classic Boat Festival here.

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