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Volunteer Ship Restoration Program

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ORGANIZATION: South Street Seaport Museum

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 493 people are interested
Volunteers at the Waterfront learn practically every aspect of historic ship preservation. No experience necessary!

Join the crew at South Street Seaport Museum in preserving, restoring, and maintaining our historic fleet of ships. Get your hands dirty, make some friends, and learn useful and unique skills!

This year-round program invites volunteers to help maintain and restore the Museum’s stationary and operational vessels. We welcome all levels of experience and offer the chance for new volunteers to learn and preserve these precious skills.

Entry level: No special skills are required, just a willingness to learn and be part of a team. During every month of the year, Museum volunteers and staff work together to care for the fleet. Work includes: cleaning and organizing, repairs, painting, polishing, varnishing, and general maintenance. In the Fall, the sailing vessels are down-rigged for the Winter. In the Spring, the operational vessels are fitted out and re-rigged for the coming sailing season. Most labor is unskilled and training is provided.

Specialized skills: The Museum welcomes any volunteer that has more specialized skills-all ships need carpenters, electricians, engineers, riggers, and metalworkers from time to time. There are also opportunities to learn aspects of these trades during work days and special workshops.

Requirements: Projects require physical stamina, skills as described above, and an ability to work cooperatively in a team setting. Work is often dirty and requires wearing PPE. Volunteers must be willing to work in this kind of environment.

Must be above the age of 16. All skill levels are welcome. Training is provided.

The South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the ‚Äčorigins and growth of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor, and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities.

1 Shift

  • 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
    Every Tuesday and Saturday

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About South Street Seaport Museum


12 Fulton St., New York, NY 10038, US

Mission Statement

The South Street Seaport Museum uses its historic buildings in the Seaport District, collection of artifacts, and fleet of vessels to celebrate the rich heritage of the Port of New York through exhibitions and education programs exploring the past and present connections of the city and the sea.


Founded on May 22, 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the port of New York and the maritime history of the region.


Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture, Community


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This opportunity has 1 shift


12 Fulton St.(Pier 16)New York, NY 10038



  • Welding
  • Woodworking
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Home Repair


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 16
  • Must be physically fit. Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

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