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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 over 28,839 hours of service. This dedicated group of people put their heart into many facets of the Museum’s operations.
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Volunteers at CBMM


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

  • Support and Administration
  • Museum Store
  • Visitor Services
  • Marina Operations
  • Boat Donation
  • Tour Guide/ Docent
  • On-the-Water Programs
  • Special Events
  • Library and Curatorial
  • Education- Adult and Youth Programs
  • Facilities Management/Gardening
  • Model Guild
  • Boatyard
  • Student/Service Learning

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 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. Commitment for volunteers varies depending on the type of job you are interested in. Please discuss your availability with the Volunteer & Education Coordinator at the time of application.


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
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception
  • Special Volunteer Events and Socials


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

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. Held every Tuesday & Thursday throughout 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. Participants are required to attend all sessions in order to pass. Graduates are expected to commit to a weekly shift (1-4 hours) as museum tour guides.

For more information, contact Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at or 410-745-4941.

Tour and School Program Trainings

Help CBMM tell the story of the Chesapeake’s people, animals, and environment! These trainings are geared for docents who have completed the annual General Tour Training. 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 successful educational program.

Each program has a two-day training. Both sessions are necessary to complete the training, and volunteers must complete the general tour training before attending these program-specific trainings.

Please contact CBMM Volunteer & Education Coordinator Allison Speight at or 410-745-4941 for more information or to register.

How to apply

Download: Volunteer Application

And return to:
Allison Speight, Volunteer & Education Coordinator
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663

Phone: 410-745-4941 |

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

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.