Join the ranks of the best volunteers in the world!
Do you have a fascination for flight and enjoy meeting and working with like-minded people from around the world? The museum is always open to new volunteers joining us. Our policy is to match volunteers with their specific interest (as much as is possible). We welcome year-round and winter residents alike.
The volunteer program is open to all qualified individuals with an interest in preserving the history of flight and a commitment to the museum, its goals and its mission.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Below are brief descriptions of the teams and other activities that volunteers fulfill at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Team tasks are of varying degrees of difficulty. Training materials and hands-on training are provided for all areas.
The Process of Becoming a Volunteer
- Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to reserve your spot in Orientation.
- Attend Orientation (1 hour).
- Read the provided materials, take the tours, and pass the test (really, there is a test! Don’t worry, everyone here has passed it, you can too!)
- Volunteers must complete a background check before volunteering at the Museum.
- Fill in the "application" (see below) aka, Volunteer Biography. Pay the minimal application processing fee (which more than pays for itself in paid riding tours) and order your uniform (if needed).
- Attend training.
- Sign up for “duty.” Have fun sharing the enthusiasm and awesomeness of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation!
- Check out the Volunteer Coordinator’s emails for new, amazing volunteer opportunities.
THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST! IT’S JUST PLANE AWESOME HERE!
All information on this form is considered confidential and will not be released outside of the Arizona Aerospace Foundation’s museums.
Share the wonder of aviation with school and other youth groups educating them with regards to our exhibits and general aviation. And/or lead kids’ activities during museum events and classes (mainly on weekends, events include Night Wings, Night of Fright, Santa’s Landing, the Great Paper Airplane Fly-off). School Tours are scheduled at the Pima Air & Space Museum on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10:00am (mainly during the school year). And/or helping with Outreach at area schools. Training is provided. Interest in enriching children's education required!
The “Boneyard”/AMARG Tour Docents
Narrate 90-minute climate-controlled bus tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, describing operations and 75+ aircraft. Extensive memorization and factual accuracy is required. Tours are generally conducted Monday through Friday, with no tours on federal holidays. Training materials and hands-on training provided.
Hangar & Space Gallery Docents
Monitor information stations in the various hangars and space gallery. Answer visitor questions about the museum facilities, aircraft and exhibits. Some walking and memorization required. Extensive contact with the public. Training materials and hands-on training provided.
Tram Tour Docents
Drive and narrate 75-minute tours of 100+ outdoor-displayed aircraft on the museum's grounds. Must be able to operate several types of tram vehicles. Extensive memorization and factual accuracy is required. Extensive contact with the public. Training materials and hands-on training provided.
Greet incoming visitors and introduce them to the museum and its opportunities (you will be the museum’s first contact with the visitors). Provide handouts and maps to the visitors. Some standing is required. Extensive contact with the elements and public in other words, you will be outdoors, in all kinds of weather. Of course, shelter is available when weather is severe.
Museum Walking-Tour Docents
Lead two possible types of walking tours offered at the museum:
1) for our general museum visitors and
2) for previously reserved groups and schools tours.
The tours typically cover the highlights of aviation (in the Main Hangar) and World War II (in Hangars 3 & 4) including the collection and exhibits housed inside each hangar. Previously scheduled tours may request specific subjects or areas to tour. Extensive memorization and factual accuracy is required. Extensive contact with the public.
Help us in our Administration Offices. This opportunity requires no aviation knowledge. Minimal contact with the public. The ability to use computers and other office equipment is preferred but not required.
Community Outreach Street Team
Represent the museums at public venues, fairs and events (i.e., the Home Show, Summer Safari Nights at the Zoo, the Davis-Monthan Open House/Air Show, etc.) throughout Pima County. Share general enthusiasm regarding the museums along with information on events and membership with the general public. Demonstrate how to fold a paper airplane or other easy crafts/projects with kids.
Contracted Events (banquets, weddings, private parties, etc.)
Greet special contracted-event attendees, guide them through the museum to their contracted event (usually dinner) and back out after the event. Evening and weekends required. When working through an evening meal event, a Flight Grill meal ticket is provided to the volunteer.
Volunteer Presentation Series
Share your knowledge of aviation or space with your fellow volunteers (and museum visitors). Saturday presentations.
Assist staff with the assembly/disassembly, repair, repainting, moving, and maintenance of the museum’ aircraft collection. Job requires occasionally strenuous work both indoors and outdoors all year round. Some functions may require the use of personal protective equipment such as dust masks, respirators, and protective clothing which will be provided when needed. Skills related to metal working, riveting, aircraft fabric repair, surface paint preparation, and spray painting are highly desirable. This position is only available Monday through Friday.