Volunteer Orientation Saturday October 20th 8:30-10:00 a.m.

The Center is recruiting new volunteers and will launch a volunteer training on October 20th. Current and prospective volunteers are invited to attend this 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. For more information or to register, please email Sarah Bowen at operations@fishingheritagecenter.org or call her at (508) 993-8894.

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.

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.

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.

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.