• Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem Maritime

    National Historic Site Massachusetts

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The National Park Service is always looking for volunteers! Volunteers help to keep our tall ship Friendship in working order, welcome thousands of visitors to Salem, and maintain our gardens.

Volunteering at Salem Maritime is a great way to meet new people, learn a new skill, and expand your horizons!

Volunteers furling a sail on Friendship

Volunteers crew the tall ship Friendship when she sails.

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For volunteering opportunities on board the tall ship Friendship, including regular maintenance on the vessel and sailing as a crew member, email Jeremy Bumagin.
Colleen shows off the brochures at the Visitor Center

Volunteers work alongside Park Rangers at the Salem Visitor Center to welcome thousands of visitors every month.

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For volunteering opportunities in Interpretation, including welcoming visitors to the Salem Visitor Center, assisting rangers with tours, school programs, and presenting living history programs, or working at special events, email Jonathan Parker or call him at 978-740-1663.
Roses blooming in the garden behind the Derby House

The garden behind the Derby House is one of the lovliest places at Salem Maritime.

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For volunteering opportunities in Cultural Resources Management, including the care of Salem Maritime's collections, work in the Derby Garden, and historical research, email Emily Murphy or call her at 978-740-1691.

Salem Maritime staff removing a column from the Salem Custom House portico for repair.

Historic buildings require constant maintenance.

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For volunteering opportunities in Maintenance, including carpentry, painting, and grounds work to preserve Salem Maritime's historic buildings and landscape, contact Doug Law at 978-740-1670.

Did You Know?

On a sunny day, a small boat motors past the 1871 lighthouse at the tip of Derby Wharf.

Salem native Captain John Derby was the first to bring news of the Battle of Lexington and Concord to England when he sailed from Derby Wharf in April 1775. In 1783, Captain John Derby was also the first person to bring news of the signing of the Treaty of Paris to America.