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Shipboard Volunteers

The Schooner AJ Meerwald sails from April through October.  As a Shipboard Volunteer, you can assist the crew in sailing the tall ship, greeting passengers, or presenting educational programs.

To qualify as a Shipboard Volunteer, you must complete the Shipboard Training Program scheduled annually at the Bayshore Center.  Options to make up training will be available for those with scheduling conflicts or distance constraints.



The next scheduled Volunteer Orientation for folks interested in learning more about our volunteer opportunities will be in early 2017.

New shipboard volunteers: 


Call 856-785-2060 ext. 108 to make a reservation for the orientation sessions.

Shipboard training includes plenty of practical hands-on experience. You will learn traditional boating skills (knots, line handling, navigation and more), plus ship maintenance, safety, regional history, and the environmental and historical education programs presented on board.

No previous experience is necessary, but shipboard volunteers must be at least 18 years old.  Teens 14-17 years old may attend training and volunteer on board if accompanied by an adult volunteer.


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Sharing the history of the area with local youth.

There is no additional charge for training, but shipboard volunteers must be BCB Members (see Membership page), commit to 20 hours of onshore volunteer work and to a minimum of five days on board the ship each year.

All prospective volunteers need to fill out a Volunteer Application form where you can indicate ways you would like to get involved.  Click here to access the application form.  Complete both sides and return to or 2800 High Street, Port Norris, NJ  08349.

Volunteers need not live in South Jersey! Those who live close to another port-of-call can come aboard when the AJ Meerwald is in their area, or help spread the word in advance of her arrival – distributing brochures or staffing an information booth at a local event or festival. There are also shore based volunteer opportunities available.

Ports-of-call can include Bivalve, Burlington, Camden, Greenwich, Jersey City, Perth Amboy, Alpine, Barnegat Light (LBI), Atlantic City & Cape May, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore and Chestertown, MD; Portsmouth, VA. Visit our 2016 sailing schedule for details.

If you have questions or would like to sign up as a Shipboard Volunteer, contact us at

Learn about other ways to volunteer at Bayshore Center at Bivalve by visiting our Get Involved page.

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