We provide opportunities for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 to volunteer!
Ready for school to be out? Sure, the first few weeks of summer are great. But what happens when the thrill wears off? Beat the Summer Boredom Blues by becoming a Junior Volunteer at Mystic Seaport Museum! At the Museum, you’re never too young to make an impact on your community! If you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself, make new friends, or earn required volunteer hours, then this is the place to start.
Information on Junior Volunteer Opportunities for Summer 2023 are below. Applications are due by May 15th. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or call 860.572.5378.
Our Junior Volunteers work in four areas of the Museum: our Boathouse, Our Education department in our Summer Day Camp program, our Interpretation Department, and our Visitor Services Department (See more detailed description of each department below)
We open our application process on February 18. Applications are due by May 15th but we have a limited number of spots, and they fill quickly. We recommend that interested students fill out an application early.
In an effort to make our application process as transparent as possible, here is an approximate timeline of the steps between submitting your application and receiving an offer to join our team:
Good luck in the application process!
Most of our JVs are at that tricky age – they are too old to be interested in attending summer camps, but not old enough to work. Our JV program is a great way to keep your teens busy over the summer (for free!) and an excellent way for them to learn responsibility and practical life skills in a safe environment.
We work with teens of all backgrounds and personality types but, due to the outward-facing nature of our JV positions, the majority of them include lots of interaction with the public. This is a great opportunity to learn important life skills under the guidance of our staff members! Candidates should be comfortable taking the initiative to engage our visitors, finding answers to questions they don’t know, and spending their day outside. The application process is set up as an opportunity for teens to gain real-world experience, so we are looking for individuals who are consistent and timely in their communication.
Here is the logistical information:
Thank you for considering Mystic Seaport as a destination for your teens this summer. Many of our JVs return year over year, and it is our privilege to see them grow and bloom. We find that for many of them, the leadership and confidence-building opportunities we offer are what bring them to the Seaport initially, but the relationships they build while they’re here are what make them want to come back. Please contact our Volunteer Services office with any questions via e-mail (contact email to firstname.lastname@example.org). We look forward to working with you and your teen!
Do you have more questions? Download the Junior Volunteer handbook here!
JV Mission: Help visitors experience boating on Mystic River in one of our sailing or rowing small craft.
The Boathouse JV Crew will participate in all tasks – from daily opening preparation to clean up after close. A typical day starts with the prep of vessels and safety equipment. During open hours JVs will greet visitors, distribute safety equipment, collect and file completed participant paperwork, help visitors embark and disembark vessels, teach basics of watercraft handling, tend dock lines, stand watch on rotation, and move boats as needed. No prior boating experience necessary.
75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT 06355