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Volunteer Opportunities at Planes of Fame Air Museum
Click here to see our video series on "Why We Volunteer"!
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 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.
To become a volunteer you must:
- 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 volunteer orientation.
- Attend training for your specific assignment.
- Volunteers must pass a probationary period of not less than 50 hours.
How to Apply
Complete a Volunteer Application either on-line or in person.
Your application will be reviewed and you will receive an acknowledgement by email.
During orientation you will be photographed and asked to sign a liability waiver.
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 21, 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, assist visitors by answering questions and provide 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 are required.
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 are required.
Aviation Discovery Center (ADC): Scheduled and flexible shifts available. ADC Docents work with children of all ages to assist and supervise the static and interactive displays, including the Flight Simulators. ADC Docents conduct presentations and answers questions on aviation technologies and aviation careers.
Education Outreach: Scheduled activity. As part of the Museum's Educational Outreach Program, Docents assist by presenting aviation-related modules to school-aged groups visiting the Museum during field trips. Educational Outreach may also involve presentations conducted at school campus locations.
- Library: Library staff participates in the categorization of books and periodicals and assists museum members in using the library for research purposes.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Aircraft Detailer: Flexible hours on Saturdays initially with potential for weekday work. Detailers clean Museum displays including static and operational aircraft. Volunteers must attend additional training on how to detail aircraft and displays. This activity is an excellent opportunity for families with children too young for independent work. Your son or daughter can learn a lot while having fun keeping our aircraft and displays clean while you supervise.
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 produced mainly as DVD output.