Become part of our community!

We provide award-winning, diverse programming only because of the hard work, enthusiasm, and time donated by our dedicated volunteers. Joining our volunteer program is a great way to get involved at the CSC, connect with Lake Champlain, and earn free rental hours! There is a lot of work to do, but there is no sailing experience required. Volunteer projects vary greatly and seasonally, but there is always year-round work to be done!  Detailed job descriptions can be found here.

Types of work:

  • Education Volunteer: Support the CSC’s 4th and 5th grade STEM and environmental education program.
  • Facility & fleet maintenance and upkeep
  • Seasonal preparation and winterization
  • Building projects and construction
  • Open house and special events
  • Weekend rental assistance
  • Community outreach events, such as camp fairs and festivals
  • Other: If you’ve got talents not listed here such as professional skills in photography, videographer, please share so we can get you involved!

There are two ways to volunteer:  Volunteer Program and the Mates Program

Volunteer Program

Requirements:  Attend any/all shifts you sign up for.  Report volunteer hours.  Attend any required training’s (see specific job descriptions).

Benefits:  Other than meeting great people, spending time on or near the Lake, and supporting the CSC, volunteers also earn one hour of free rentals for every two hours of service.

To Register: Complete the Volunteer Registration. You will begin receiving bi-weekly Volunteer Opportunities emails. These include links to sign-up for volunteer shifts. At your first training or shift you will complete a CSC liability waiver, and a Volunteer Expectations Agreement.

The Mates Program

Limited to 15 people, the Mates Program expectations and standards are different from those of a typical volunteer. The benefits match these increased expectations.

Requirements: Commit to volunteering 30 hours from May-October. Attend any/all shifts you sign up for. Report volunteer hours.  Training will be conducted on an individual basis.

Benefits: Other than meeting great people, spending time on or near the Lake, and supporting the CSC, Mates also earn unlimited free rentals, are enrolled in a free Mates-only sailing course (15 hours over the course of two weekend days, volunteers will be contacted via email for specific dates), and receive one course discount (discount of 25% first year, 50% second year).

To Register: Complete the Volunteer Registration. After receiving your registration we will contact you to arrange an interview. You will begin receiving bi-weekly Volunteer Opportunities emails. First come first serve. Limit 15 people. At Mate Training you will complete a CSC liability waiver and a Volunteer Expectations Agreement.

To Volunteer or Apply to the Mates Program:

1.  Review the Volunteer Expectations.

2.  Please fill out the Volunteer Registration form online.

For more information or to request an application, please visit our website or contact Education & Outreach Coordinator contact John Nagle via email or at (802) 864-2499 with any questions.