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How to Apply

Step 1: Application

Fill out our online application:

  • For BEWiSE Volunteers (please make sure that you meet the criteria to apply for this position). 
  • For Camp Counselors This is a year round program

Please note that if you are under the age of 18, you will be asked to submit two letters of reference at the Open House.  

If you are 18 or over, you will be asked to submit a background check, all expenses covered by the Fleet. 


Step 2:  Open House

We will review your application. If there appears to be a match between your interests/skills, availability and our open positions, we will contact you for further information and/or invite you to sign up for an open house.  This is an opportunity for you to learn about the impact volunteers make at the Fleet and decide if this is a place you want to invest your time in!  Come presentable and ready to participate in this interactive session.  Please do not show up to an open house without signing up.  If there are no spots available, please sign up for the next month. *If you are under 18 and do not have your letters of recommendation yet, please do not sign up.  You need to have your letters ready to turn in at an Open House.  


Step 3: Orientation

Following the open house candidates will be invited to attend a Staff Orientation.  Please note that due to a high volume of applications, not all applicants are invited to an orientation.  This is an orientation for new volunteers and Fleet employees!  Here you will learn more about the Fleet, meet many of our staff members and learn about how to get started in your new volunteer role.   


Step 4: Background Check

You must have a satisfactory record with no history of violent or sexual crimes or theft.

  • We complete a thorough background check on all employees, volunteers and interns who are 18 years or older. This check includes county, state and federal criminal records and databases, as well as sexual offender registries.


Step 5: Mentorship 

Your first three shifts will be with a volunteer mentor!  We ask that volunteers complete these three shifts within 30 days.  

*Camp Counselors and Science Advocates do not participate in the Mentorship Program unless they choose to volunteer in another capacity at the Fleet. 


Step 6: Volunteer!

Have you completed all the above steps?  Now you are ready to start volunteering!  

Let us know what days and shifts work for you to have a weekly set schedule or set your own schedule as you go.  

*In order to make the most of your time at the Fleet you need to dedicate enough time to your role.  We ask for a minimum commitment of 80 hours a year.  Volunteer when you want, take a break when you need!  Volunteers with no service within a three month period lose their spot though, so make sure you are consistent.  If you do not think you have the time to volunteer regularly, please reconsider applying to this program.    

*All volunteers start as a Museum Ambassador.  Once the mentorship is completed (three shifts) you are able to cross train to another department or continue as a Museum Ambassador!  The Museum Ambassador role offers a continued orientation to the Fleet that will empower volunteers to succeed in other roles.  Camp counselors and Science Advocates are excluded from this, unless they cross train to a floor position.