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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.

Volunteers at CBMM


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

  • Support and Administrative
  • 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


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.

Education Programs: Upcoming Training Sessions

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 February 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 eight 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 Director of Volunteer Program Melissa Spielman at 410-745-4956 or

Tour and School Program Training, 2016

Help CBMM tell the story of the Chesapeake’s people, animals, and environment! This training is geared 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.

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.

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. Commitment for volunteers varies depending on the type of job you are interested in. Please discuss your availability with the Director of Events & Volunteer Program 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
  • Volunteer Recognition Reception
  • Special Volunteer Events and Socials

How to apply

Download: Volunteer Application

And return to:
Melissa Spielman, Director of Events and Volunteer Program
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels, MD 21663

Phone: 410-745-4956 |

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.