Columbia River Maritime Museum


Are you interested in becoming a volunteer? The Columbia River Maritime Museum has a variety of opportunities, whether you are looking for involvement on a regular basis, or wish to participate just a few times a year.

  • Education volunteers facilitate programs for school groups and the general public. Our programs for students range from guided tours of the Museum to working in small groups with hands-on activities. Our public programs include guided tours, lectures and demonstrations.
  • Volunteers greet visitors and interpret our largest artifact, the Lightship Columbia.
  • The Museum Store is always looking for personable, outgoing volunteers to assist visitors in their merchandise selections, operate the cash registers, and help process incoming stock. All Museum Store sales proceeds go directly to help fund museum programs.
  • Working with our collection, archives and library is a big job. Volunteers help with preliminary cataloging, research, clerical work and mailings.

The most important asset for any volunteer to possess is enthusiasm for and interest in the Museum. If special skills are required for a specific volunteer position, Museum staff will provide training. For volunteers interested in more in-depth maritime and Lower Columbia River history, the Museum offers non-accredited continuing education opportunities as well as an intensive docent-training program.

The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a great learning and working environment for its volunteers. Volunteers perform important jobs at the Museum and are appreciated for their contributions. In addition, they receive a 20% discount in the Museum Store on days they volunteer, and they are also formally recognized at an annual volunteer appreciation event.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Museum, contact Kathy Johnson.