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BaySail's Mission

>> To foster environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay Watershed and the Great Lakes ecosystem and to provide personal development opportunities for learners of all ages through ship board and land based educational experiences. <<

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and skills? Would you like to learn the art of traditional sailing? At BaySail we rely heavily on the enthusiasm of volunteers to help us deliver top quality educational experiences under sail. Volunteer opportunities include teaching positions for Science Under Sail and volunteer deckhand positions. Click here for the 2017 Volunteer Training Schedule and click here to download a volunteer application. Please Autumn Mitchell, Director of Education, at with any questions.

Shipboard Educator


As a shipboard educator, you will be responsible for leading students through the activities included in BaySail’s environmental education program, Science Under Sail. The skills required include an ability to learn basic scientific principles and an aptitude for interacting with, and appropriately managing young people.

Staff and crew will train you in:

  • Proper “topside terminology” and vessel layout.
  • Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay history.
  • Use of scientific sampling equipment such as water sampling bottles, secchi disks, plankton nets, and bottom dredges.
  • Water testing and use of our water testing kit.
  • Identifying benthic macroinvertebrates and explaining their significance as indicator species.
  • Identifying phytoplankton and zooplankton under a microscope and explaining their importance and roles in the food chain.
  • Coaching the students in raising the sails.
    Click here for the 2017 Volunteer Training Schedule!
  • Sailing Crew


    As a volunteer crew member your responsibilities will include all manner of shipboard duties from washing the deck and greeting passengers, to handling lines and setting sails. Most sailing opportunities will be during our 3-hour public sails and during the 3 -hour Science under Sail programs. Long distance passage making opportunities are also available to volunteers with advanced standing (volunteers that have participated in maintenance days are given priority). Safety and seamanship training sessions are held periodically for volunteer candidates. Good health and a reasonable level of physical fitness are required.


    Maintenance Volunteer

    Maintenance volunteers are needed mainly in the Spring when we are prepping the APPLEDORE schooners for the new season and in the Autumn when we are winterizing the ships. Maintenance volunteers may also be called upon occasionally during the sailing season. Duties may include: painting, rigging, woodworking, general repair work, etc. We often have a need for individuals with specialized skills such as welding, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry. Maintenance volunteers are given priority for passage making opportunities.


    Click here to download a Volunteer Application.

    Public Sailing Schedules

    Public Sailing Schedule


    BaySail Summer Breeze

    BaySail Summer Breeze

    Youth Programs