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 Susan at susan@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.
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 2017/2018 Winter Work Weekends are:

  • November 19-20
  • December 16-17
  • January 13-15 (over the MLK Day of Service)
  • February 17-18 - CANCELLED
  • March 17-18 with Thank You Cookout on Saturday


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.
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.

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

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.