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Volunteers are at the core of what we do

CIMM is proud to be a primarily volunteer led organization! Volunteers have been an integral part of our museum tradition for the last 33 years in areas like education, events, administration, curatorial support and so many other ways. Get involved today!


CIMM is proud of its tradition as a predominantly volunteer-run organization. Docents and volunteers have helped to staff the museum and its events for the last 31 years and are truly the heart of the Museum.

The Museum is always looking for friendly and eager volunteers. There are so many areas available to help support the Museum and its community of visitors.

Museum Tour Docent

Docents are available to guide our guests through the Museum, describing the world-class art and ship models in our collection; providing a general introduction to the Museum’s mission, history and collection; and interpreting current exhibitions for visitors of all ages. (Please Note: To be a Tour Docent you must complete the 8-week Docent Training program. Learn about the Museum’s collection, prepare to give tours to the public, work the Museum front desk, help with events. There are two Docent Training classes per year. The Museum also offers an online training course/program. 


Docents interact with small groups of students to introduce them to various aspects of Maritime life through our art and ship model collections


Docents assist in a variety of ways at Museum exhibition opening receptions and exhibition-related programs. CIMM hosts several events throughout the course of the year including the CIMM Speaker Series, Art Comes Alive, and Chowderfest. Duties include event setup and takedown and guest/visitor management before/during/after an event. Training on the museum POS system is provided as it is a component of this position.

Visitor Services

Volunteers greet every guest coming into the Museum and are responsible for initiating an enjoyable visit, taking in entrance fees, signing up memberships, and supporting the sales of the Museum store. Hands-on training is provided.

CIMM Building Brigade - Maintenance and Museum Operations

Assist facility maintenance and operation managers in the care of the Museum building and adjacent outside areas. Volunteers would be contacted in advance of needed work projects. Duties include: supporting improvements to the facility, museum interiors, and museum exhibit spaces.

Museum Technical Support

Assist the museum’s technical support manager in maintaining servers, internet connectivity, and electronic devices at the museum.

Administrative/Office Support

Help with new and renewing memberships, mailings, data entry, filing. Receive and process incoming merchandise shipments for the Museum store.

Curatorial Support

Assist with onstruction and installation of exhibition displays, unpack or package objects to be installed or uninstalled from CIMM exhibits, maintenance of current exhibitions to ensure proper physical condition and cleanliness, filing, data entry.

We are eager to meet you! Please email or call 805.984.6260 to find out more about joining the CIMM volunteer team.

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