Volunteers support our mission all year long!

We have a dedicated team of volunteers working with us 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, our adventure races, or year-round at the Northwest Maritime Center. New volunteers, please fill out a Volunteer Application, linked below. Returning volunteers, please make sure to sign our updated waiver each year.

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 in the Wooden Boat Chandlery!

Get in on the best volunteer gig in town! If you're looking for a spot to volunteer where you're treated like family, this is it. Volunteers in the Chandlery act as ambassadors for the Northwest Maritime Center and help connect visitors with the best outdoor items and apparel. They work on an incredible, fun-loving team of Chandlery staff and other volunteers, and they get to connect with locals and visitor alike. If you enjoy retail, boats, the outdoors, or just chatting with others about our awesome town, you might be a great fit for the Chandlery! If you’re interested, please email volunteer@nwmaritime.org.

Volunteer for the Wooden Boat Festival

September 6-8, 2024

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Volunteer for the Race to Alaska

Race Start: June 9, 2024

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Volunteer for SEVENTY48

Race Start: May 31, 2024

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Volunteer Year Round for the NWMC

Get involved all year!

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Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in one of these positions? Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@nwmaritime.org or call ​360.385.3628 ext. 115. Orientation for these seasonal summer positions will be at 12:30–3:30 PM on Friday, June 23, meeting at the NWMC totem pole.

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.

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@nwmaritime.org or call ​360.385.3628 ext. 115

Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

Fill Out an Application

Already submitted your 2023 volunteer application, signed the waiver, and just need to update your information? Please email volunteer@nwmaritime.org


We’d love to help make volunteering easy for you. Call our volunteer coordinator at 360.385.3628 x115 or email volunteer@nwmaritime.org.