Our organization welcomes the opportunity to get to know you and your skills.

Volunteers help in a number of different areas:


The Vancouver Maritime Museum is looking for energetic individuals who like working with children and are available during the day. There is no treasure greater then inspiring a young mind. Museum volunteers facilitate education programs for school groups and the general public. Our programs are for students in pre-school to grade 7, and they explore maritime themes including the working harbour, coastal exploration, and boats of all types. Our public programs introduce maritime history, science, and culture to people of all ages through activities, lectures, and demonstrations. Training is provided to all education volunteers. 


Working with our collection, archives and library is a big job! Volunteers help with preliminary cataloguing, sorting archival material, numbering artifacts, clerical work, and exhibit installations.

Special Events

Special event volunteers assist with helping guests, giving event info to the public, and a variety of other duties during large special events, exhibit openings, and festivals. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time commitment?

We ask for a commitment of two to four hours per week depending on your area of interest.

I’d like to work in the library or COLLECTIONS, how do I apply?

School programs and community events are our greatest volunteer need. We would be happy to talk with you about opportunities in other areas. We can’t guarantee placement immediately, but will keep your application on hand in case there is an opening. Fill out the application form and our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about next steps.

What skills are needed to volunteer?

Strong communication skills are necessary in all volunteer areas.

What kind of training do I need?

We provide full training.

No boating knowledge necessary to volunteer.

All interested individuals must complete a volunteer application form and send it to the museum's Volunteer Coordinator. An interview will be scheduled to ensure that there is an appropriate match for both the applicant and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. References are required in order to volunteer with us. 

How can I apply?

Please complete the application form and return to:

Programs @ Vancouver Maritime Museum

1905 Ogden Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6J 1A3
Phone: 604 257-8306
 Fax: 604 737-2621

Email: programs@vanmaritime.com