The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport offers a variety of opportunities for individuals interested in volunteering. Our volunteers represent the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and the Museum by interpreting the cultural and natural resources, relevant local community information, and maritime history of the Lower Cape Fear region.

Volunteer placement is made based on an individual's interests, experience, abilities, availability, and on current volunteer openings. Volunteers assist the Museum staff in the following capacities:

Information Desk/Gift Shop Volunteer - greets visitors as they enter the Museum, orients visitors to exhibits, counts daily visitation, answers telephone and directs calls and messages to the appropriate person, operates cash register, and provides customer service in the gift shop. Requires a warm, professional public presence and customer-service orientation, as well as the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers and visitors. Training is provided.

Special Event Volunteer - assists staff at occasional evening and weekend programs and off-site events. Volunteers greet guests, monitor program attendance, help serve refreshments, and perform other duties as needed.

Program Volunteer - assists staff with programs for children and adults that inspire an understanding and appreciation for the rich maritime heritage of the Lower Cape Fear region.

Building/Grounds Maintenance - assists staff with light housekeeping duties and/or light yard work.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please download and print a Southport Volunteer Registration Form and return it to the Museum.

Southport Donation

Make a one-time donation specifically to the Maritime Museum at Southport. The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donors may deduct contributions as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Financial information and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.


Volunteers are needed for the great times at the Maritime Museums. Share your love of history, culture and North Carolina's well-loved coast.  Each Museum offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, from working with children to helping with events.