Be Part of Maritime History

Volunteers keep this wooden steamship operational as she nears her 100th anniversary.

Whether you are a boating enthusiast, history buff, gracious host, or just love to be out on the water, we would love to have you join our volunteer team!

If you are interested in any of the following volunteer positions, please complete our online Volunteer Application Form.

Volunteer Positions

Deck & Engineering Crew

Crew members support the Captain and Chief Engineer and provide safety to our passengers when the ship is underway. Note that engineering crew double as firemen, officially called "fire water tenders." Our entry-level engineering position is known in the maritime industry as "wiper." During the off-season our crew members are encouraged to pitch in with maintenance, repairs and preservation work aboard the ship. While those with experience are most welcome, we will train you! Note that volunteer crew members who serve in a safety-sensitive position must participate in the Virginia V's random drug testing program.

Docents/Narrators/Event Volunteers

Docents conduct tours of the ship, provide event assistance, and are on hand to answer questions about the history and specifications of our historic vessel. Docents are aboard for excursions and dockside events. Docents also provide historical narration for some cruises and give talks about the ship and local maritime history for community groups. In addition, we need general event volunteers, particularly those who have a valid Washington food worker's card and/or valid Washington State alcohol server permit.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

The Foundation can use help with a variety of other projects! If you have skills in carpentry, painting, engine maintenance, education, event management, fundraising, historic preservation, writing, research, photography, computer technology or something else you think could be helpful to our organization and the ship, we'd love to hear from you! Contact Executive Director Alicia Barnes:


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