Volunteers are at the heart of the Planes of Fame Air Museum. Throughout the Museum’s history, our volunteers have been involved in almost every aspect of the Museum’s operations.
If you live in the Southern California area, serving as a Museum volunteer is an important and rewarding experience. You’ll have the chance to help us continue to grow, make each guest’s experience at the Museum unique, and share in the excitement of being part of one of the world’s greatest aviation treasures.
While many volunteer-based organizations have strict attendance requirements, we’ve intentionally kept your participation casual – we’re looking for individuals who can give us an average of 10 hours each month.
Check out some videos about volunteering at the Museum here.
It’s Easy to Become a Volunteer:
- You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer A few volunteer positions may accept younger volunteers (minimum age 16 years) provided they are always under the on-site supervision of a parent or guardian.
- You must reside in Southern California (Ventura, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego counties) in order to volunteer. We do not currently offer any "remote" volunteer opportunities.
- Complete a Volunteer Application (see below). We’ll review your application and send you an acknowledgment via email. Note: Parent/Guardian of 16 or 17 year old volunteers must also complete application.
- Attend Volunteer Orientation. During Orientation, you will be asked to sign several legally-binding documents. You will also identify the areas where you wish to volunteer (see Job Descriptions below).
- Attend training for your specific assignment(s).
- Adhere to safety requirements for your specific job assignment and general safety guidelines applicable to all volunteers.
New Volunteer Orientations are scheduled approximately every two months. Orientation is held in the Museum Theater and lasts approximately 2 hours. You need to indicate which Orientation you will attend on your application.
Brief Volunteer Job Descriptions
- Museum Guide: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Museum Guides are responsible for guest relations for all Museum visitors. They provide context for guests by providing information about Museum history, aircraft, displays, and artifacts. Training classes, self-study materials, and on-the-job training provided.
- Living Historians: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Living Historians are individuals who wear historical clothing or military uniforms and interact with the public to help history come alive. They complete a basic level of training and provide their own historical "impressions" (i.e. clothing, gear) to explain concepts, historical items or events.
- Youth Programs Guide: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Youth Programs Guides conduct aviation-related arts and crafts projects, demonstrations of basic aeronautic principles, and answer questions related to aviation technologies and aviation careers. Youth Programs Guides must be able to work with children of all ages. Training classes, self-study, and on-the-job training provided. Volunteers ages of 16 and 17 are accepted provided that they work with parent or guardian supervision.
- Model Artisans: Scheduled and flexible shifts. The Model Room is dedicated to the appreciation, preservation and study of scale model aircraft. Model Artisans interact with guests to tell the story of the Museum’s model collection. They also maintain the inventory of models within the Museum, carefully repair models, or build them for use in Museum displays from the Museum’s extensive collection of kits. Prior scale modeling experience desired.
- Library and Research: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Library and Research staff catalog our ever-growing number of books and periodicals and assist visitors in using the library. They also conduct historical research on behalf of the Museum for use in displays and presentations.
- Aircraft Detailer: Flexible hours on Saturdays initially with potential for weekday work. Detailers clean Museum displays including static and operational aircraft. Training classes and on-the-job training provided. Volunteers ages of 16 and 17 are accepted provided that they work with parent or guardian supervision.
- Gift Shop Workers: Scheduled Shifts. Gift Shop Workers help support the work of the Museum's Gift Shop and online sales by processing orders for shipment and supporting the efforts of running the store. Screening interview required.
- B-17 Maintenance & Enhancement Team: Scheduled and flexible shifts. The B-17 Maintenance & Enhancement Team focuses on keeping the static display of the Museum's Boeing B-17G in top form while adding enhancements to make the experience of visiting this historic aircraft complete. Screening interview required.
For Additional Information email Volunteercoordinator@Planesoffame.org or call (909) 597-3722.