Volunteer for the Northwest Maritime Center

Volunteers support our mission all year long!

We have a dedicated team of volunteers working in the Boatshop, the Chandlery, and for other programs and events throughout the year, including over 500 volunteers for the Wooden Boat Festival alone. We are always eager to have new folks join us. Explore our volunteer pages to discover ways you can be involved with the Wooden Boat Festival, the Race to Alaska, or year round at the Northwest Maritime Center. Don’t forget to fill out a volunteer application!

Volunteer Highlight

My name is Beth O’Neal. I have lived in Port Townsend for 22 years and raised my two daughters here. I love being surrounded by the water, marine life, and this charming town. After graduating from massage school in Seattle, I moved to Port Townsend and began to build my own practice. The Wooden Boat Festival is something I have always looked forward to; I loved the great music and checking out the beautiful boats many years before I signed up as a volunteer.

My husband, Andi Neisen, took the WSU Beach Watchers class in 2009. He shared what he learned in regards to plastic covering our beaches and… read more.

Volunteer for the Wooden Boat Festival

September 7–9, 2018

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Volunteer for the Race to Alaska

Race Start: June 14, 2018

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Volunteer Year Round for the NWMC

Get involved all year!

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Volunteer for SEVENTY48

Race Start: June 11, 2018

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Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

While our peak season is during the summer, we have a bustling campus year round that relies on the support of our volunteers. Whether you’re interested in helping out in the Boatshop, bartending at an event, salvaging hardware for Marine Thrift, or helping out in the office, we have a place for all skills, interests, and schedule preferences.

Take a look below at the volunteer opportunities we have going year round; then fill out a volunteer application to let us know how you want to be involved.

Fill Out an Application

Already submitted your 2018 volunteer application, signed the waiver, and just need to update your information? Click here to do so.


We’d love to help make volunteering easy for you. Call our volunteer coordinator at 360.385.3628 x124 or email volunteer@nwmaritime.org.