June 13, 2017

Whaling Museum Seeks New Museum Volunteers

Training session begins July 12, 2017

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - The New Bedford Whaling Museum is seeking volunteers, especially those who can speak more than one language, to help the Museum share its stories with our diverse community and international visitors. Anyone, multi-lingual or not, interested in sharing their time, knowledge, and enthusiasm is encouraged to register for an 11-part, once-weekly Volunteer Training Program on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 am to noon, starting July 12. Volunteers have the opportunity to work directly with school groups, tour groups, or individual visitors. To register, visit www.whalingmuseum.org, click on “Volunteer” at the top of the page, scroll down halfway and click on “Apply to Be a Volunteer.” For more information, contact Director of Education and Science Programs, Robert Rocha, at 508-717-6849 or rrocha@whalingmuseum.org. Details are also available by clicking the “support” tab on www.whalingmuseum.org.

Museum volunteers can have a positive impact on the lives of thousands of visitors from all over the world and they play a vital role in the organization’s ability to enhance understanding of human interaction with whales, whale ecology, the whaling industry, and the unique history of the region. Every year, more than one hundred and thirty volunteers donate over 15,656 hours combined to help the Whaling Museum achieve its educational mission.

Susan Grosart finds that volunteering comes with many benefits. “Being a Whaling Museum docent is a total joy! My fellow docents are interesting and caring people. Every week I learn something new - from the other docents, the curators and staff, and the visitors, who truly come from all over the globe,” she said.

Volunteer David Brownell said, “Volunteering at the Museum is all I hoped it would be… I love working in a well-run, dynamic organization with interesting and friendly colleagues. The Museum challenges me to learn and allows me to indulge my love for teaching and acting.”

The Museum provides extensive support and training for its volunteers. The training courses cover topics including the history of whaling, New Bedford history, whale biology and conservation, tour and teaching techniques, history of Portuguese, Azorean, and Cape Verdean cultures in New Bedford, and more. Training dates are: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, and September 6, 13, and 20.

Curator of Education, Sarah Rose, commented, “Volunteering at the New Bedford Whaling Museum is an opportunity to act as an ambassador for the South Coast, welcoming visitors and sharing the rich history of this part of the state. It’s a chance to be part of a vital and active institution dedicated to serving people of all ages from all around the world. The volunteer corps is a dedicated, close knit community that enjoys the comradery of coming together weekly for this important work.”


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Tina Malott
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum


New Bedford Whaling Museum docent Diane Sullivan gives a tour in the Whaling Museum exhibition “From Pursuit to Preservation.” 


Volunteers Stan Zalenski, Capt. Michael Taylor, Janice Santos, David Brownell, Diane Sullivan and David Sylvain dress for their parts in a special tour called “How to Catch a Whale.”

About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world’s most comprehensive museum devoted to the
global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the
South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling Museum National Historical
Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city’s historic downtown.
Museum hours April through December: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open until
8 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New
Year’s Day. Admission is: Free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults
$16, seniors (65+) $14, students (19+) $9, child and youth $6. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.