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Volunteer Opportunities at Planes of Fame Air Museum

Volunteers at Planes of Fame Air Museum are involved in almost every aspect of the Museum’s operations!

While most volunteer activities fall into several classifications, the Museum is also looking for people with specific skills and interests.

All volunteers are required to be members of the Museum, attend a volunteer orientation, and sign a personal liability waiver form before acceptance into the volunteer organization.

While most volunteer positions do not require a minimum of monthly volunteer hours, a majority of volunteers donate from 100 to 2000 hours a year.

Volunteers get behind-the-scenes access to the Museum, get in close contact with our aircraft, become part of your volunteer family, and have the satisfaction of participating in a worthy cause.

Annually, volunteers are recognized for the hours and years they donate their time.

Click here to see our video series on "Why We Volunteer"!

To become a volunteer you must:

  • Be a member of Planes of Fame Air Museum.
  • Complete a Volunteer Application either on-line or in person.
  • Sign a liability waiver before starting volunteering.
  • Be at least 18 years old or volunteer under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • Attend a one hour orientation.
  • Attend training for your specific assignment.
  • Volunteers must pass a probationary period of not less than 50 hours.

How to Apply

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application either on-line or in person.
  2. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive and acknowledgement by email.
  3. When an opening for your desired position becomes available, you will be contacted with dates and times you may attend a volunteer orientation.
  4. During orientation you will be photographed and asked to sign a liability waiver.
  5. After Orientation you will be assigned to a team and informed as to when appropriate training classes are held.

New volunteer orientation is scheduled for the following dates in 2015 (Time: 10:00 am-12:00 noon; Location: Theater):

  • January 10, 2015
  • March 14, 2015
  • June 13, 2015
  • August 8, 2015
  • October 10, 2015
  • December 12, 2015 (tentative)

Brief Volunteer Job Descriptions

Museum Guides (Docent)

  • Museum Floor Attendant: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Floor Attendants walk the Museum floor and tarmacs, assisting visitors by answering questions and providing help where needed. They assist with Museum maintenance, security and safety. This position is our goodwill ambassador to the public. Training classes, self study and on-the-job training is required. Floor Attendants must purchase a uniform shirt.
  • Museum Tour Guide: Lead scheduled tours ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours. Tour groups range from pre-school to senior adults. Training classes, self study and on-the-job training is required. Tour Guides must purchase a uniform shirt.

  • Aviation Discovery Center (ADC) Attendant: Scheduled and flexible shifts available. ADC attendants work with children of all ages and provide supervision, assist visitors to the ADC using interactive and static displays, assist in the use of Flight simulators, and answers questions on aviation technologies and careers.

  • B-17 & C47 Attendant: Scheduled and flexible shifts available. This is an outdoor activity working at our B-17 and C-47 aircraft answering customer questions, giving tours, and raising funds for the restoration of the B-17. Training classes, Self Study and On-the-Job Training is required. Attendants must purchase a uniform shirt.

  • Gift Shop Attendant: Flexible shifts. Gift Shop volunteers assists customers, stock merchandise, and general cleaning. Uniform Shirt provided.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

  • Aircraft Detailer: Flexible hours. Detailers clean Museum displays including static and operational aircraft. Requires that the volunteer to attend additional training on how to work on aircraft. Uniform T-shirt provided. This activity is an excellent opportunities for families with children too young for independent work. Your son or daughter can learn a lot while having fun keeping our aircraft clean.

  • Film & Post Production: Film special events such as living history flying events on the 1st Saturdays of each month. Periodically there will be other video projects around the Museum. All video will be computer edited and will be output mainly to DVD.

  • Library: The library is currently only open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm.  We are looking to expand the library’s resources. Library staff & volunteers participate in the categorization of books and periodicals and assist Museum staff, volunteers, and members, as well as the general public in using the library for research purposes.

Note: While many of the Museum volunteers are engaged in restoration of aircraft, Planes of Fame Air Museum is not currently looking for restoration volunteers other than licensed A&P’s.