Volunteer during the Sailing Season

Crew Internships

Join the crew for one month or longer during the sailing season. These volunteer positions include room and board on Adventuress. Interns become active members of the crew. On-the-job training is provided and interns will take part in all aspects of programming, gaining valuable experience in environmental and marine science education, as well as sailing and vessel operations. Specific duties will include teaching, sailing, ship maintenance, assisting in the galley, and more.

Interns must be over 18 years old, have an interest in and desire to teach program areas of ecology, environmental awareness, and sailing; live in a close shipboard environment; take part in all aspects of operating the vessel; and work with youth and adults in promoting Sound Experience's mission. Please visit the Join our Crew page for more information.

Shore Support

We're always looking for shore support! If you're interested in helping at fundraising events, in the Sound Experience booth at Festivals, or with filing, data entry, and other tasks in the Sound Experience office (located in Port Townsend), please contact Robin at robin@soundexp.org.

Volunteer in Winter

Each year, November through March, our staff, crew, and incredible community of volunteers dedicate themselves to preparing Adventuress for another year of service. For the winter of 2016/2017, the ship will lay dockside at Point Hudson Marina and undergo routine maintenance. We will also be working with students in the Maritime Studies program at the local high school and with the Puget Sound Voyagers.

We are excited to once again have dock space at Point Hudson Marina thanks to our continued partnership with the Port of Port Townsend. We also want to thank the Northwest Maritime Center for providing workbench space for building new blocks for our rig—one of the main projects that we will tackle this winter.

During the winter maintenance season, there are many ways to volunteer and support the ship. You can become a member of our Winter Crew and live aboard the ship while gaining maintenance experience under the guidance of the Winter Mate, join us for one of our monthly Winter Work Weekends, take on your own winter-long project, or donate an item from our wishlist. Click on the menus below to find out more:

Join us for a Winter Work Weekend
Join us for a weekend of boat work: sanding, varnishing, scrubbing, painting, and helping with all sorts of projects, from mechanical and electrical to woodworking and rigging. We'll find a job for you—we promise.

We welcome volunteers of any and all skill levels. We will house you on Adventuress (a limited number of bunks are available on a first-request basis) and feed you delicious meals all weekend long. It's a wonderful way to get to know the ship and the Sound Experience community that keeps her sailing. Dates for our 2016/2017 Winter Work Weekends are:

  • November 19-20
  • December 10-11
  • January 14-16 (over the MLK Day of Service)
  • March 4-5
To RSVP, find out more, or add your name to the Winter Work Weekend email list, please contact Port Captain Katie at katie@soundexp.org.
Apply to become a member of the Winter Crew
As a member of the Winter Crew, you'll have the opportunity to help prepare Adventuress for another year of service while gaining maintenance experience, interacting with our amazing community of volunteers, experiencing firsthand the maritime culture of Port Townsend, and mentoring the Puget Sound Voyagers and students in the Maritime Studies program at the local high school.

Start Date: November 1, 2016*
End Date: Mid-March, 2017 (exact date TBD)
Compensation: Shipboard room and board only

*Please note: the start/end dates are flexible. We may be able to accommodate those who are only able to commit to a portion of the Winter Season.

To apply, please email the completed Winter Volunteer Application and a resume to Port Captain Katie at katie@soundexp.org. Electronic submission preferred. Applications may also be mailed to the Sound Experience office: PO Box 1390, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
Take on your own winter-long project
Are you a PT-local who might be interested in taking on a winter-long project? We'd love to have your help when you are available, or have you jump in to give crew a hand. For more information, contact Port Captain Katie at katie@soundexp.org.
Donate an item from our wish list
Looking to downsize your tool collection or want to purchase a gift for Adventuress? Then take a look at the wish list below! Please contact katie@soundexp.org. if you are able to donate any of these items. You can also take a look at our wish list on Amazon.

In addition to the items on the list, we're always looking for more rags and paint containers (clean yogurt tubs, tin cans, etc).

Wish List

  • 4 – Cordless Drills, 18-volt, DeWalt preferred so batteries and charging systems are compatible
  • Cordless Drill/Saw Combo Kit, 18-volt, DeWalt preferred so batteries and charging systems are compatible (for damage control kit)
  • 6’ Ladder
  • 8’ Ladder
  • Step Ladder
  • Drill twist bit set: 1/16” to 1/2” by 64ths
  • Drill spade/paddle bit set: 1/4” to 1” by 16ths
  • Forstner Drill bit set
  • Fuller tapered drill bit set
  • Hole saw set
  • Block plane, low-angle
  • Spokeshave
  • Diamond Sharpening Plates
  • Marples Blue Chip Chisel Set
  • 4 – Quick Clamps with 18” spreader capacity
  • Heavy Duty Workbench Vise
  • Food Processor for Galley

Join our Leadership Team

Board of Directors and Adventuress committees
Sound Experience is guided by a Board of Directors dedicated to building an effective, sustainable, and lasting organization that sails the schooner Adventuress to make a difference for the future of our marine environment. Additionally, the following board-led committees (some including non board members) move forward key areas of governance: Executive Committee, Education Committee, Ship's Committee, and Marketing Committee. To find out more, visit our page on Leadership Opportunities.