New Bedford, MA – The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center is recruiting new volunteers and will launch a volunteer training on Saturday, October 20th. A nonprofit organization, the Center is dedicated to telling the story of the commercial fishing industry past, present, and future through exhibits, programs and archives.
From 8:30 – 10:00 a.m., current and prospective volunteers are invited to attend an orientation session. The session will include an overview of the mission and activities of the Center as well as an introduction to the commercial fishing industry. A light breakfast will be provided.
In the coming months, volunteers will be invited to participate in a series of insider tours to learn first-hand about the commercial fishing industry. Tours will include visits to the seafood auction, a processing plant, a gear shop, a shipyard, and the School of Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth, as well as waterfront and dockside vessel tours. There will also be periodic talks presented by commercial fishermen, fisheries scientists, maritime authors, and other industry experts.
To RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508.993.8894.
Volunteer opportunities include welcoming visitors, staffing the reception area and gift shop, engaging visitors with the exhibits, assisting with educational programs, conducting research, and helping with special events.
For those with a commercial fishing industry connection, there are opportunities to share your industry skills and knowledge with visitors by leading walking tours, speaking to school groups, and demonstrating skills such as net mending, knot tying, or model boat making.
Volunteers are needed during Center operating hours Thursday–Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and for occasional evening programs and special events. Volunteer hours are flexible and can be scheduled according individual availability and particular areas of interest. The Center is wheelchair accessible. Free off-street parking is provided to volunteers.