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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 more than 28,839 hours of service. This dedicated group of people put their heart into many facets of the Museum’s operations.
Current Volunteers: Online Portal


Listen to CBMM Volunteer & Educator Program Manager Allison Speight talk about our Volunteer Program in this February 8, 2018 WCEI radio interview. 

Volunteers at CBMM

How to apply
Apply Online!

Or contact Allison Speight: | 410-745-4941

Please note: All CBMM volunteers must submit to and pass a background check.
The completed authorization form, as well as any questions, should be directed to CBMM Human Resources Manager, Trish See, at or 410-745-4985.

Download: CBMM Background Check Authorization Form

CBMM respects the privacy of our donors, members, and guests. You can be assured we will never sell or share your information with anyone or any other organization.


There are a variety of volunteer capacities here at the museum:

  • Academy for Lifelong Learning
  • Administration and Support
  • Boat Donations
  • Boatshop
  • Curatorial/Library
  • Docent/Interpreter
  • Education: Adult & Children’s Programs
  • Exhibitions
  • Gardening/Buildings & Grounds
  • Greeter
  • Marina Operations
  • Model Guild
  • On-the-Water Programs
  • Special Events

View descriptions of CBMM’s volunteer roles here.

Student Volunteers

Student volunteers are accepted on a case-by-case basis. The following criteria must be met:

  • Volunteer application/inquiry must be initiated and completed by the student volunteer
  • Application must be submitted at least one month before desired start date
  • Volunteer projects must be approved by CBMM staff and fulfill museum-designated needs
  • Volunteer time must fulfill a service requirement for the student’s school or community organization


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:

  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception
  • Discounts in Museum Store
  • Library Privileges
  • Special Volunteer Events and Socials
  • Training and Enrichment Trips


All CBMM volunteers undergo a general orientation session and may require additional departmental training. Volunteers interested in education or tour-related opportunities receive instruction through formal classes, overviews of exhibit content and programs, and mission-related enrichment trips.

New Docent Training

Become a docent volunteer and lead guided tours of the campus, exhibits, and artifacts for adults and children. No prior experience necessary. Offered throughout the month of March, this once-yearly training course is for anyone interested in becoming a new docent, and provides basic instruction in Chesapeake history, interpretive techniques, and CBMM information and logistics. Graduates are expected to commit to leading tours regularly through the busy season.

For more information or to register, contact Volunteer & Education Programs Manager Allison Speight at or 410-745-4941.

Themed Tour Trainings

Help CBMM tell the story of the Chesapeake’s people, animals, and environment! These trainings are geared for docents who have completed the New Docent Training. These sessions offer background and content information, as well as the practical, applied instruction needed to lead an engaging and successful educational program in CBMM’s exhibits.

Please contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Programs Manager Allison Speight at or 410-745-4941 for more information.