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.
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 – no minimum monthly hours, just your commitment to give us your best whenever you can. In return, we’ll recognize those volunteers who go above and beyond, as well as those who put in over 100 hours each year.
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 or volunteer under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
- Complete a Volunteer Application (see below). We’ll review your application and send you an acknowledgment via email.
- Attend Volunteer Orientation. During Orientation, you’ll get your ID photo taken and sign a Liability Waiver Form.
- Attend training for your specific assignment.
- Pass a probationary period of not less than 50 hours.
- Adhere to safety requirements for your specific job assignment and general safety guidelines applicable to all volunteers.
New Volunteer Orientations are scheduled approximately every three months or as needed. Applicants will be notified in advance of these orientations as to the date, time, and location.
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.
- Tour Guide: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Tour Guides conduct individuals and groups on scheduled tours of the Museum and represent the Museum at external events. Tour Guides must be versed in all aspects of the Museum and its collection. Public speaking and presentation skills required. Tour Guides must first serve as Museum Guides to gain competence and skill. Training classes, self-study, and on-the-job training provided.
- Education Guide: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Education Guides facilitate and conduct Education Tours at the Museum or on location to school aged groups. Prior teaching experience desired but training classes, self-study, and on-the-job training provided.
- Youth Programs Guide: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Youth Programs Guides work within the Museum’s Aviation Discovery Center and at special events. They 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.
- 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: Scheduled and flexible shifts. Library staff catalog our ever-growing number of books and periodicals and assist visitors in using the library for research purposes.
- Aircraft Detailer: Flexible hours on Saturdays initially with potential for weekday work. Detailers clean Museum displays including static and operational aircraft. 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. Training classes and on-the-job training provided.
- Restoration: Flexible hours. Work on various aircraft, displays, and other important aspects of the Museum. Aircraft restoration requires prior or current experience and/or an Airframe and Powerplant license. This is not a “training” position and only qualified technicians should apply.
- B-17G Return-to-Flight Team: The Piccadilly Lilly II Return-to-Flight Team is looking for people with a passion for returning this iconic aircraft to flight and enhancing the visitor experience in the B-17 exhibit area. In addition to the continuing need for A&P licensed technicians, we need detailers to help maintain the appearance and condition of the restored areas of the aircraft, and craftsman who can assist with restoration and installation of components that are not directly related to flight (no A&P required). Craftsmen should be available to volunteer on Saturdays.
For Additional Information email Volunteercoordinator@Planesoffame.org or call (909) 597-3722.