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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 shown below, the Museum is also looking for people with specific skills and interests. All volunteers are required to complete an application, attend a volunteer orientation, and sign a personal liability waiver form before acceptance into the volunteer organization.

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 (see below).
  • 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 by clicking on the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION button below and typing in your information, printing it out, signing it, then delivering it in person to the Volunteer Coordinator or mailing it to: Volunteer Coordinator, Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA  91710-9056. If you have questions, email Volunteercoordinator@Planesoffame.org or call (909) 597-3722.
  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 if you haven't filled out the liability waiver form (page 2 of Volunteer Application) in the VOLUNTEER APPLICATION form below.
  4. After Orientation you will be assigned to a team and informed as to when appropriate training classes are held.

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

Education Programs

  • 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. They assist guests by answering questions and helping them navigate the Museum. Their presence throughout the Museum supports the safety, security, and maintenance initiatives of the Museum. 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. Tours range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours in duration and encompass everyone from adolescents to senior adults. Participation at external events includes promoting the Museum at Air Shows and community events, and conducting presentations to corporate and service organizations. 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 aviation-related educational modules at the Museum or on location to school aged groups (Pre K – 8th Grade) as part of our Aviation Discovery Program. Each STEAM-focused module runs between 25 – 35 minutes and encompasses curriculum in line with Common Core standards. 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. While in the Aviation Discovery Center, they provide assistance and supervision of the static and interactive displays. Youth Programs Guides must be able to work with children of all ages. Training classes, self-study, and on-the-job training provided.
  • Library: Library staff participates in the categorization of books and periodicals and assist 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. Volunteer 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.

Please complete the application electronically and return via email. You can also return it to our Gift Shop or mail to:   Attn: Volunteer Applications, Planes of Fame Air Museum, 14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, California, 91710.

For Additional Information email Volunteercoordinator@Planesoffame.org or call (909) 597-3722.