Tall Ship WAVERTREE volunteer crew



Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


12 Fulton Street
New York
New York
United States


Immediate opportunities are now available for volunteers to learn all aspects of preserving and restoring our 1885 fully-rigged ship Wavertree!

Volunteer opportunities are open for entry-level and skilled individuals for regular maintenance and care of the ship (training provided) as well as aloft work (climbing into the rigging). We run projects TUESDAYS - SATURDAYS 9-5.

You will learn to work from below her decks to up aloft on her 165' tall masts. Volunteering aboard Wavertree presents a rare opportunity to learn traditional maritime skills and methods familiar to 19th and 20th century sailors. Prior tall ship and sailing experience is a plus, but volunteers from all walks of life to commit to active and lasting participation in the ship’s operation are welcome. Experienced hands will have the opportunity to help us train and mentor newcomers in order to support this exciting program. 

Together we can care for and improve this unique ship so she may continue to tell her incredible story for generations to come.

The South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the ​origins and growth of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor, and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities.


  • Training Provided

How To Apply


Please send an email to volunteercoordinator@seany.org to arrange an initial interview and to discuss ongoing projects. Will need to complete an application and provide two references.