There are many openings for volunteers at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Our programs take an army of volunteers. Last year they shared more than 7,500 hours of their time, skills, and enthusiasm. Volunteering is a great experience and most of our volunteers return year after year!
Read "Why Volunteer" to learn more about this unique opportunity to share your skills and passion with others. Here's a partial list of our current opportunities:
Schooner Volunteers Wanted!
The voyages of Lois McClure are successful thanks to a robust community of volunteer crew members. It's no small effort to safely conduct a fifty-ton wooden boat hundreds of miles!
Life aboard the schooner is akin to a traveling circus. Days are typically either "transit" days, during which the fleet is traveling from one location to another, or "public" days, when we dock and welcome the public aboard. The work is varied, often physical, and is carried out in all conditions. Volunteers need to be in reasonable physical health. We issue a personal information sheet to assess a candidate's readiness prior to acceptance.
The crew of Lois lives aboard the vessel in close proximity, in bunks or sleeping bags, similar to camping. Privacy is limited, with only a small cubby for a crew member's personal items. While there is a marine head aboard Lois, dockside amenities like bathrooms/showers/wifi connection vary greatly from port to port.
Candidates will be interviewed as having the "right mix" of personalities is key to everyone's sanity in tight quarters. Check the box "Schooner Activities" on the application.
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
We always have a need for volunteers. We have a broad range of opportunities, only a fraction of which are listed here.
- Interpret history and skills on board the replica gunboatPhiladelphia, the replica schooner Lois McClure, in our Blacksmith Shop, and in our exhibits.
- Learn to conserve artifacts from archaeological projects in the Conservation Lab and interpret Lake Champlain history, nautical archaeology, and the process of conserving artifacts.
- Help maintain, restore, and document boats for our programs or for fundraising.
- Demonstrate Blacksmithing.
- Grounds-keeping, gardening, and maintenance.
- Add a section to our library, our collections, or to the digital catalog.
- Research Lake history.
- Assist our Marine Research Institute at archeological dive sites.
- Provide support in the administrative offices and membership program.
- Help with admissions, parking, visitor services, and site preparation for special events.
- Perform specialized professional skills in fields such as construction, technology, public relations, human resources, and social media. Download the PDF "LCMM Volunteer Opportunities” with more detail.