Mystic Seaport volunteers are an integral part of the Museum’s daily operations. Their contributions enhance the visitor experience and help the Museum achieve its goals. Volunteers give their time and talent to many departments, including: Administration, Advancement, Archives, Boathouse, the Brilliant program, the Children’s Museum, Curatorial, Education, Exhibitions, Facilities Management, Film and Video, Gardens, Interpretation, Library, the Maritime Art Gallery, Marketing and Communications, Membership, Photo Services, the Planetarium, Publications, Rosenfeld Collection, Ships Plans, Shipyard, and Visitor Services.

Additionally, as extraordinary supporters and advocates for the Museum’s mission, volunteers in the PILOTS program work alongside Museum staff for a spring and/or fall weekend each year. PILOTS participate in an assortment of projects on grounds, ranging from thought-provoking research to challenging active work.

If you have time or talent you would like to share, we invite you to join us! Please contact our Office of Volunteer Services at 860.572.5378 to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

The William C. Noyes Volunteer of the Year Award

Pat Schaefer, the Museum’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year accepting the award from Bettye Noyes.

Pat Schaefer, left, the Museum’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year accepting the award from Bettye Noyes.

The William C. Noyes Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 1998 through the generosity of Bill Noyes’ widow, Bettye, and donations received in his memory. The award is presented each year “to honor a Museum volunteer who best personifies Bill Noyes’ example and the ‘true spirit’ of a Mystic Seaport volunteer.” Bill, who was known for his friendly manner, his willingness to work, and his firm belief in the golden rule, gave freely of his time wherever he was needed the most. Between 1983 and 1997, he volunteered more than 6,000 hours in numerous departments, offering his services to any and all.