“Lighting up the imagination of young adults about our sea history and maritime workforce industries is a unique way to “give back” to my community! ”
Dennis Bopp, Docent/Board member
Are you looking to give back to the community? Learn more about the maritime world? Meet new friends? Then The Mississippi Shipbuilding and Maritime Center is the place for you! MSMC offers exciting volunteer opportunities for many diverse skill sets.
Start volunteering at MSMC today!
Training is provided and no prior knowledge is required. Schedules are flexible, though we do recommend that volunteers spend at least four hours a month at the museum.
MSMC hosts a variety of events including an annual celebration, monthly industry professional networking events, lectures, special fundraising events, and more. We’re always looking for volunteers who love thinking on their feet and helping our event’s team plan and execute these events. Volunteer time would include setting up for events, bartending, assisting catering, welcoming guests, running audio-visual equipment, tearing down events, and more.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
The MS Shipbuilding and Maritime Education Center offers numerous opportunities to work with the public. Volunteers would assist the Outreach & Education Coordinator in a wide variety of educational programs, including:
Monthly Family Days offer programming for elementary-aged children and their parents. Volunteers help assist with implementing lessons and activities while working with visiting families.
The Lecture Series features experts in maritime history and industry fields. Volunteers assist in setting up refreshments and other necessary tasks prior to and following the lectures.
Outreach opportunities offer volunteers time in local elementary classrooms assisting MSMC staff with traveling lessons and activities.
MSMC is working to re-open our doors to walk-in visitors. Front Desk volunteers can help us reach that goal! Working the front desk, you’d be responsible for accepting payments from patrons, greeting visitors, and assisting guests as needed.
RESEARCH AND CONTENT
MSMC is currently searching for volunteers who are interested in assisting our staff to write articles and curate virtual exhibits on a variety of topics. These positions can be done from home and would require occasional touch-base meetings.
SHIP MODEL MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
Maintaining our collection of models is always a major project! We are always looking for ship modelers who can assist with the maintenance and repair of our collection. You would work to assess any models that may need repairs and use your expert modeling skills to repair any damage or wear and tear the models may have suffered.
COLLECTION AND ARCHIVES
Love working with museum collections and artifacts? Join our curatorial team to help keep our collection up to date, intake new items, research items, and keep the collection organized. Volunteer time would include filing collections paperwork, updating our collections database, photographing items, cleaning items, packing collection items for moving and storage, and researching items that are missing information.
Love photography, videography? We need you to assist with digitizing some of our physical exhibits for a virtual platform. This would include photography, videography, transcription, web design/development, and data management.
Docents are encouraged to design their own tour of the museum highlighting their personal interests. No prior knowledge is required and all volunteers receive training from The Mississippi Shipbuilding and Maritime Center’s experienced guides. Tours usually last about 15 minutes and each guide leads no more than ten visitors at a time.
Docents are essential to our museum’s mission – the more guides we have, the more hours we can schedule open, allowing us to share the wonder and influence of maritime history and industry with a wider audience. Join the MSMC family today!