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Become a Volunteer

Volunteering at the Florida Maritime Museum, you never know who you’ll end up talking to or what stories you’ll hear. Each day  is an opportunity to interact with visitors from all over the world, becoming morBill Baume involved in the local, Cortez community. Together we work towards the continued preservation and expansion of the area’s history, as well as the promotion of the community as a whole.

At FMM we strive to cultivate a close knit community of staff and volunteers. To this end we host an annual volunteer appreciation social! This party is our way of saying thanks, and is a good opportunity for everyone to get acquainted. As an added benefit, volunteers with a proven and continued commitment to FMM have the ability to check books out from our maritime library without becoming a member after completing 25 volunteer hours.

Perhaps most of all, Volunteering at FMM is an opportunity to explore and expand your interests through a number of unique volunteer positions. Help us find the one that’s right for you.

  • Do you have a passion for history?
    • Consider becoming a museum docent. Docents are knowledgeable individuals who give tours of the museum and surrounding grounds.
    • Assist us in developing new exhibits.
    • Assist with collections management
  • Are you good with your hands?
    • Assist with boat building and maritime craft programs
  • Do you have a green thumb or a love of gardening?
    • Help us with landscaping and grounds maintenance.
  • Are you a people person?
    • Assist with special events. FMM hosts a number of special events throughout the year. We can always use help with the set up and tear down, as well as the various other duties related to specific events.
      • Music on the Porch is one of our regular programs and occurs the second Saturday of each month.
      • The Museum also currently hosts an annual Boatyard Bash in November and a fundraiser in the spring.
    • Assist with educational programming for kids, including on site tours or classroom outreach.

If there’s another way you would like to contribute to the museum, or any particular skills you have to offer, let us know! We want to make sure you find your niche at FMM and a position that you enjoy.

For more information about becoming an FMM volunteer, view our Volunteer Manual HERE or contact us at (941) 708-6120.