Volunteer Opportunities

The success of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum is due in large part to our energetic and motivated volunteers who devote countless hours to the museum. While we have many active volunteers, there is always a need for more. 

Whether you are a seasoned professional or a raw newcomer, we can find a place for you. You will have a good time, meet some really interesting people, and have the satisfaction of doing something that will make a lasting difference. 

Time commitments and scheduled times for volunteer opportunities vary with the area. Some of the positions that we currently have needs include the following:

Would you like to teach kids something meaningful?  Then lead small school, scout or tour groups in simple activities and demonstrations.  Retired or substitute teachers or anyone with a strong desire to teach kids.  Training provided. 

Tour Guides
Interpret the Museum for walk-in visitors by conducting tours around the Museum’s exhibits, shipyard, school house, burial ground and hearse house.  This is both a chance to help out and learn a great deal about the history of shipbuilding in Essex. Training provided.

Program Committee
The Program Committee is responsible for the many excellent programs that the Museum presents during the year. In addition to determining program topics, the committee supports publicizing the programs, setting up the facility, including providing bake goods and looking after parking, greeting attendees, collecting tickets and fees, promoting upcoming programs and membership, as well as clean up after the programs.

Fleet and Facilities Projects and Maintenance
From the putty and paint of spring boat maintenance to the fabrication of glass cases for our model collection we offer a wide array of opportunities for volunteering with your hands. Our volunteer crew is comprised of professionals from all walks of life who revel as much in passing on what they know as they do in learning a new skill from the day’s work. Some of the projects we have currently under way involve:

- Rough framing and finish carpentry
- Marine finish work
- Small engine repair
- Exterior wiring and lighting
- Basic cabinetry
- Basic rigging skills

Lewis H. Story
Our flagship, the Chebacco boat Lewis H. Story, is always in need of volunteers. Activities include spring and general maintenance, vessel deliveries to events, helping to interpret the vessel at events, and, yes, just enjoyable sailing on this one of a kind vessel.

While not a formal committee, gardening efforts are needed to keep the facility looking good. Needs include assistance with planting at 66 Main Street and at the Schoolhouse in the Spring and assistance with watering and weeding throughout the Spring and Summer.

Admissions Receptionist/Store Clerks
Help us welcome and direct the thousands of annual visitors to the Museum; ring up store merchandise; help with inventory, pass visitors on to our tour guides; and meet fascinating people from all over the country and world. 

We need you and you can make a difference!

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the Museum at 978-768-7541 or email mainoffice@essexshipbuildingmuseum.org.