We have many year-round volunteer opportunities at the Northwest Maritime Center! Once you have read through the following volunteer descriptions, let us know how you want to be involved by filling out our volunteer application, unless otherwise noted in the specific job description.

Wooden Boat Chandlery

The Chandlery often has openings to keep our store sailing smoothly. 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-sales system, inventory and display merchandise, and ship out products. If you’re interested, please fill out our volunteer application at the link above, be sure to check “Chandlery Retail” as a volunteer area of interest, and we’ll contact you when a volunteer opportunity arises! 

Marine Thrift

Marine Thrift, located in the Port Townsend Boat Haven, is a place where builders, sailors, DIYers, and the curious can find amazing deals on hardware, tools, and all kinds of other interesting boat items.

Put your boat knowledge and customer service skills to good use—consider joining the Marine Thrift volunteer team! Marine Thrift is looking for a weekly volunteer to help with reclaiming, re-purposing and reusing marine hardware, fasteners, accessories and tools. The job involves staffing a service counter, retail sales, fielding boat related questions, troubleshooting mechanical puzzles of all shapes and sizes, product research, inventory management, and pricing items. If you’re interested in helping out please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@nwmaritime.org or 360.385.3628 x115.

Glean Team

Interested in something a little more hands-on and have a general knowledge of boats? Become a part of our Glean Team! This is an on-call group of volunteers that helps salvage reusable parts from old boats. This position involves irregular hours, so flexibility with scheduling is important. You don’t need to be a boat expert, but you shouldn’t be afraid of a drill, either! Work parties will be once or twice a month, from 1-3 hours each time.


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. Opportunities involve everything from painting boats to tool maintenance and shop cleanup.

Boat Donation Transport

At times, boats are donated to the Maritime Center and need to be transported to Port Townsend. If you have a truck and can tow a boat, or if you can move a boat on the water, please let us know!

Office Administration

Office volunteers help 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, we want your help! Office administration tasks include:
• Greeting the public and answering phones
• Helping with bulk mailings and other general office duties
• Sharing Maritime Center information with the public
• Archiving NWMC photos
• Serving as NWMC Docent Historian (requires knowledge of local maritime history)
• Stewardship of the Maritime Center archives
• Photographing NWMC annual events

Year-Round Event Support

The NWMC hosts various community and fundraising events throughout the year that rely on the help of our volunteers. Our events include the Classic Mariners’ Regatta, Shipwrights’ Regatta, Speaker Series, Navigator Brunch, She Tells Sea Tales (a fundraiser event for the Girls Boat Project), various community events in the Chandlery, and the Maritime Swap Meet. Opportunities for volunteering include:
• Bartending and ticket-taking
• Assistance with planning, marketing, and day-of tasks
• Help distributing posters, flyers and programs for Maritime Center programs and events

Maritime Center Library

Help our librarian catalog, organize, and maintain books in our growing library, as well as help members to access information.