Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking volunteers Saturday, May 12 to help prepare the downtown museum for the opening of its 2012 exhibit season. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and participants will learn about long-term volunteer positions in many departments.

During the Spring Cleanup & Volunteer Day May 12, volunteers will spend the day working alongside other friendly, energetic people. There will be lots of grounds work including raking, gardening, preparing plantings and pruning. Other jobs may include painting and paint prep, moving boats and other heavy objects and light carpentry. For those who prefer indoor work, there will be cleaning, sweeping, mopping, dusting, washing windows and changing light bulbs. Another method of volunteering is to bring a potluck lunch selection for the hungry workers.

The event will start with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Participants are asked to bring work gloves; also handy might be rakes, pruning shears, brooms, rags, buckets, paint scrapers, wheelbarrows and pickup trucks.

For the second year in a row, members of the Eastern Maine chapter of the Yale Alumni Association will be on hand helping out as part of the Yale Day of Service. Also anticipated is the help of Girl Scout Troop 2908 and Cub Scout Pack 235 from Stockton Springs.

“It will be a day of good fun and productive work,” said executive director Liz Lodge. “Folks should come prepared to roll up their sleeves, have fun and meet others who support one of the area’s premier cultural institutions.”

Preregistration is requested, but not required, by calling Bob Holtzman at 548-2529, ext. 208 or sending email to bholtzman@pmm-maine.org. Scout groups, service organizations and local businesses with service programs are especially encouraged to register.

Penobscot Marine Museum is home to outstanding collections of marine art and artifacts, small craft and historic photography. Exhibits will open for 2012 Friday, May 25. For more information, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.