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Join the volunteer crew at Britannia Shipyards National Historic Sites in a variety of roles and opportunities for people of all backgrounds. Volunteers are an important part of our season events and public programs.


Heritage Ambassador Volunteer

Help us share the stories of the people who lived and worked in the local fishing, canning and boat building communities. Heritage Ambassadors are dressed in period costume while demonstrating activities that took place at Britannia Shipyards during its heyday. Ambassadors help engage visitors to the heritage site with activities such as playing cards, maritime knot-tying, boat building techniques, embroidery, vintage lawn games, sewing, and more! No experience required with training; costumes are provided.

Please note that volunteers will not be acting or need to be in character. Volunteers must be 15+ years old, have excellent communication skills and be willing to learn and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the public.

Woman in period dress straw hat demonstrating how to use an antique sewing machine

Education Docents

Scheduled to begin applications in Spring 2023 (watch this space!).

The Education Docent volunteer position is an opportunity to gain experience working with school students in a heritage setting.

Responsibilities include: preparing program materials, setting-up / taking-down tables and chairs, assisting with student activities and providing interpretation of historical buildings. Successful candidates should enjoy working with students of all ages and have an interest in local history and museums.

Special Event Volunteers

Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site has year-round opportunities for volunteers to help at our public events. Some of these include:

Volunteers at Richmond Maritime Festival showing children how to make cork boats

Gardening Volunteers

Do you love gardening and learning about different types of beautiful flowers? Then this volunteer opportunity is for you! Volunteers assist in the maintenance and care of the Murakami Garden, a very special and important part of the site and its history.

Man and woman in period costume holding garden tools in the Murakami Garden flower bed

Volunteers will be provided with historical information and background to the Murakami Garden and its significance. Gardening gear and period costumes will also be provided.

This opportunity is seasonal and begins in early Spring through to the end of Fall.

For ALL volunteer opportunities please check the City of Richmond’s volunteer page .

Or send any inquiries to the Steveston Heritage Sites volunteer coordinator.