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"I attended the air show and was amazed by the number of beautifully restored aircraft and how well-organized the air show was. As a former airman in Korea, I was delighted to see some of my familiar aircraft in the show.... it is my pleasure to contribute to your well-oiled operation.

Ross S., No address
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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.

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

Most volunteer positions do not require a minimum of monthly volunteer hours, but the preferred annual time commitment and schedule can depend upon the specific volunteer job. A majority of volunteers donate from 100 to 2000 hours a year.

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:

  • 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.
  • Pass a probationary period of not less than 50 hours.
  • Adhere to safety requirements for their specific job assignment and general safety guidelines applicable to all volunteers

How to Apply

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application either on-line or in person.
  2. Your application will be reviewed and you will receive an acknowledgement by email.
  3. During orientation you will be photographed and asked to sign a liability waiver.
  4. 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 July 23, 2016 (Time: 10:00 am-12:00 noon; Location: Theater).  Additional orientations will be scheduled approximately every three months or as needed.

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 staff participates in the categorization of books and periodicals and assists museum members in using the library for research purposes. The library has particular need for experienced librarians and also for persons who can volunteer during weekdays.

Aircraft Detailer:  Flexible hours on Satrudays 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 as you supervise them.

Other Volunteer Opportunities: Some volunteer opportunities only require short term or occasional commitments.  Examples include:

  • Video editing: Computer editing of video files of monthly Living History events to add the Museum logo, event titles, dates, participant names, and similar introductory information for archival purposes.
  • Special events coordination: Work with Museum staff or volunteer leadership to facilitate successful planning and completion of special events.  Examples could potentially include Living History events, Volunteer Recognition luncheon the annual Hangar Dance, kilroy Coffee Klatch, the Holiday potluck luncheion for volunteers, and the annual Taste of Flight event.
  • B-17 Restoration to Flight Status: Additional qualified persons having an A&P license and relevant work experience are needed for the restoration of Picadilly Lily II.
  • Light construction and facilities support: Assist with the occasional need for new or modified exhibits, display cases, storage shelving, aircraft and exhibit accessibility, etc.