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Kalmar Nyckel : Volunteers : Ship and Building Guides

Ship and Building Guides

Copeland Maritime Center 

Ship and Building Guides-November through April

Volunteer tour guides show guests around the education exhibit hall and the tallship Kalmar Nyckel on Saturdays from November through April while the ship is laid up in winter maintenance mode at the shipyard in Wilmington, DE.  Guides are taught the history of both the original Kalmar Nyckel, and the newly-built ship as well as the history of the colony of New Sweden.  Shifts are typically 10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm.  All guides are required to fill out the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation volunteer application, and do a back ground check (at your expense, of $18.82).  Guides are also subject to United States Coast Guard random drug testing program, as they handle passengers on the USCG certified vessel (one time expense of $42.50).  Once registered, volunteers sign up on our electronic calendar, as their schedules allow.  If you want to get a feel for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, we do offer volunteer open houses periodically to give you a glimpse of what kind of volunteer opportunities might be a good fit for you!  To get started, please e-mail captainsharon@kalmarnyckel.org

Building Guides-May through October

During the time the ship is sailing, we can not offer ship tours, so the volunteer guides show guests the building only. There are some sophisticated exhibits that are self-guided, with some introduction provided by the guides.  For this duty, the volunteer application and background check are needed, but the drug test is not required, as you will not be working on the ship.  On the job training is provided.

Kalmar Nyckel : Volunteers : Ship and Building Guides

Did you know: That Kalmar Nyckel was a "Dutch Pinnace," a new class of gun-armed merchant ship that could also serve as a naval vessel?

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