Volunteer Opportunities at San Francisco Maritime


Our docents rove the pier answering visitor questions, staff the desks in the Museum Building and the Visitor Center, give tours, and assist the Interpretation Department. We have an annual training each May, where candidates learn about the history of the Park and ships, but we also accept qualified docents outside of that training. Some study is required. Upon acceptance, a one year commitment of two five hour shifts per month is required for this program.


The Pier holds a variety of special events during the year, including an annual Sea Music Festival, Sea Music Concert Series, Fleet Week, and various one-time events. These opportunities are available to all current participants in our volunteer program in addition to their regular duties and we send out advance emails to let people know about them.


We are currently restoring the steam tug HERCULES to operating condition. There is a volunteer crew that meets weekly on Wednesdays to work on the vessel. We can pass your contact info on to the crew leader if you're interested.


This crew is pretty full up, but they do the restoration and maintenance on our small boat fleet. They meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We can put you on a waiting list for this program if you are interested.


Our scow schooner ALMA sails a couple of times a week during a season that runs roughly March to November and does maintenance on the boat for the balance of the year. If you're interested, we can put you in touch with the captain, who does all the selection for their crew.


Our model builders. They create detailed and beautifully crafted models of various vessels, for their own enjoyment and to keep the knowledge of craft alive. They meet on Saturdays aboard the NHL ferryboat Eureka.


We require a one year commitment of ten hours a month of all our volunteers. This is necessary to justify the staff time and commitment for volunteer training and supervision. Our vessels are historic resources and their care requires specialized knowledge to preserve them intact for future generations. All volunteers must be 18, or have a parent or guardian available to volunteer with them.

The process for becoming a volunteer is simple. Contact the Volunteer Office, either by email or telephone, and we can set up an interview.

Telephone: (415) 561-7160

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Last updated: July 23, 2018

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Mailing Address:

2 Marina Boulevard,
Building E, 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94123


415 561-7000
The public information office is open from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PST.

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