Are you looking to give back to the community? Learn more about the maritime world? Meet new friends?  Then Houston Maritime is the place for you! HM offers exciting volunteer opportunities for many diverse skill sets. Start volunteering at HM 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.


Research and Content

Houston Maritime 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. Research topics include:

  • History of Sea Shanties
  • History of Cruise Lines
  • Engineering on the Ship Channel
  • Houston Ship Cannel: Past, Present and Future

Houston Maritime is also search for volunteers 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.

For Research and Content-related inquires, please contact Amanda at alubow@houstonmaritime.org.


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 by Houston Maritime’s experienced guides. Tours usually last about one hour and each guide leads no more than ten visitors at a time.

Docents are essential to the museum’s mission – the more guides we have, the more tours we can schedule, allowing us to share the wonder and influence of maritime history and industry with a wider audience. Join the HM family today!

“Lighting up the imagination of young and old about sea history is a unique way to spend several pleasurable hours.”

Ed Christensen


The Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum 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 HM staff with traveling lessons and activities.


There is a wealth of information within the Houston Maritime’s Research Library. A volunteer with archival interests would work with the collections department to maintain and organize the literature and documents within the archival collection.


Opportunities are available for those with an interest in the administrative side of museums. Volunteers would focus largely on assisting the Administrative Manager with data entry and other important tasks necessary to the business side of the Houston Maritime Education Center and Museum.

Contact info@houstonmaritime.org, call 713.225.1688, or stop by HM for more information!