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Volunteers help support our mission all year long. We have hundreds of volunteers working in the boat shop, the Chandlery, and at various events throughout the year, including almost 500 volunteers for the Wooden Boat Festival alone! We are always eager to have new folks join us; if you’re interested in learning more, please contact us by stopping by our offices in the Northwest Maritime Center offices at 431 Water Street, or calling 360-385-3628 x104, or emailing us at volunteer@nwmaritime.org.

Click here for the Volunteer application!

Volunteers at work

Here are some of the areas where you may want to consider helping out:

Wooden Boat Festival

Want to be a part of the biggest celebration in town?  Register now to volunteer!  We welcome volunteers of all skills and we need helpers year-round.  Posts might include time before, during or after the Festival. Positions include:

  • Pre-Festival administration, poster distribution
  • Festival week and weekend
  • Main Gate – cashier, hand stamps, will-call
  • Grounds – pre, post, and during the event
  • Docks, ramps, gates
  • Parking, traffic
  • Bar Harbor & Wee Nip Pub servers
  • Wooden Boat Chandlery and retail
  • Office administration

There is a mandatory volunteer orientation 1 week before the Festival. While you can choose to work as many shifts as you like, working three 4-hour shifts will earn you:

  • FREE admission to all 3 days of the Festival
  • A “CREW” t-shirt with Festival logo
  • An invitation to the Volunteer Thank You party (Festival Sunday 6-8pm)

Click here for the Volunteer application!

If you have any questions, please contact our Festival Volunteer Coordinator at 360-385-3628 x102 or email volunteer@woodenboat.org.

Boat Shop
Get hands-on experience in wooden boat maintenance, restoration and all the things that go with it, while helping to maintain the Wooden Boat Foundation and Northwest Maritime Center boats. Visit the Boat Shop in Point Hudson behind Puget Sound Express Monday – Saturday. We need help all summer!

Volunteers needed to help us navigate the Sea of Sales! The Chandlery has openings to keep our store sailing smoothly. We have lots of positions open, from 8 hours a week to a few days a week. If you have some boating knowledge, sales experience and enjoy greeting customers, we would appreciate your help. You’ll learn how to use our point of sale system, inventory and display merchandise, and ship out products. For more information, contact chandlery@nwmaritime.org.

Office Administration
Volunteers in our office help to keep us organized, responsive and professional. If you have experience in an office setting, or if you want to build your skills in this area, please email catherine@nwmaritime.org.

  • Greet the public and answer phones
  • Help with bulk mailings
  • Use copy machine
  • General office duties
  • Share WBF/NWMC information with the public
  • Archival Work and Photography
  • Foundation Historian – requires knowledge of and interest in local maritime and Foundation history
  • Stewardship of the Foundation archives
  • Foundation photographer
  • Photograph annual events

Building and Grounds Maintenance
If you have experience with landscaping, gardening, building maintenance or repairs, or if you want to build your skills in these areas, please email catherine@nwmaritime.org.

  • Groundskeeper – maintain flower and plant beds; keep the grounds clean and presentable to the public
  • Handy Person – help us keep our buildings in tip-top shape!

Maritime Library

  • Librarian – catalog, organize, maintain books in our growing library; help members to access information in the library
  • Library assistant – help the Librarian manage the library


  • Regatta assistant – officiate races; set marks
  • Regatta public relations – flyers and race sponsorship

Public Relations

  • Posters, flyers and Festival programs distribution
  • Distribute posters for upcoming events

Click here for the Volunteer application!