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Volunteer at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum


Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer!

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum would not be the success it is today without the generous commitment of its dedicated volunteers. Over the past year nearly 300 volunteers logged over 28,839 hours of service. This dedicated group of people put their heart into many facets of the Museum’s operations.


VolunteersThere are a variety of ways to volunteer at the Museum:

  • Support and Administrative
  • Museum Store
  • Visitor Services
  • Marina Operations
  • Tour Guide/ Docent
  • Sailing Program
  • Special Events
  • Library and Curatorial
  • Education- Adult and Youth Programs
  • Facilities Management
  • Model Guild
  • Boat Yard
  • Student/Service Learning


All CBMM volunteers undergo an orientation session and special departmental training. Volunteers also receive instruction through overviews of exhibit content and programs, mission-related enrichment trips, and broad Museum familiarization and safety preparation exercises.

Volunteer Programs: Upcoming Training Sessions
Van Lennep Auditorium
Become a docent volunteer and lead guided tours of the campus, exhibits, and artifacts for adults and children. No prior experience necessary. Each session of the general tour training is mandatory to complete the docent training and graduate the program. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Spielman at 410-745-4956 or

General Docent Training February, 2014
Tuesday, February 11 & Thursday, February 13 10am-12noon
Tuesday, February 18 &  Thursday, February 20, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, February 25 & Thursday, February 27, 10am-12noon
Tuesday, March 4 & Thursday, March 6, 10am-12noon

Volunteer programs:
Help CBMM tell the story of the Chesapeake’s people, animals, and environment! For docents who have completed the annual General Tour Training, other trainings for our guided school tours, adult groups, and educational hands on programs are available. The two-part trainings offer background and content information, as well as the practical applied instruction in CBMM’s exhibits and campus needed to lead an engaging and educational program. Both sessions are mandatory for each program training to be successfully completed.

Tour and School Program Training, 2014
Each program has a two-day training. Both sessions are necessary to complete the training successfully, and new volunteers must complete the general tour training before attending these program-specific trainings.

Bay Bounty Tour Training: 03/11/14 and 03/13/14, 10 AM- 12:30 PM.
St Michaels Walking Tour Training: 03/12/14 and 03/14/14, 10 AM- 12:30 PM
Bay Discovery Tour Training: 03/18/14 and 03/20/14, 10 AM -12:30 PM
Oystering Legacy Tour Training: 03/25/14 and 03/27/14, 10 AM- 12:30 PM
Crab Cakes Program Training: 04/01/14, 10 AM-2:30 PM
Location: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Van Lennep Auditorium. Please contact CBMM’s Director of Education Kate Livie at or 410-745-4947 for more information or to register.


Volunteers are an integral part of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's daily operations. In fact, the Museum began as a volunteer organization, and through its volunteer support the Museum continues to grow.


Volunteers play an essential role in the mission of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. In recognition of the commitment volunteers have made to their volunteer assignments, the Museum offers the following benefits to its volunteers:

  • Discounts in Museum Store
  • Volunteer Newsletter
  • Library Privileges
  • Training and enrichment trips
  • Volunteer Recognition Reception
  • Special Volunteer Events and Socials

How to apply

Download a PDF volunteer application, complete the form and return it to:

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Melissa Spielman, Director of Events and Volunteer Program
P.O. Box 636, St. Michaels, MD 21663

Once volunteer applications are reviewed, the Museum invites volunteers for an interview in order to place them in the Museum area that best suits their interests and skills.

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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St.
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, MD 21663

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