Share your talent with the community – while helping to serve San Diego’s precious air and space heritage. If you are interested in pursuing a volunteer opportunity please complete the application which can be downloaded in PDF and DOCX and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications can also be mailed to San Diego Air & Space Museum, Attn: Volunteer Programs, 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101.
Please take some time to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
Docents serve as guides, subject-matter experts and interpreters at the Museum by guiding scheduled (as well as unscheduled) tours through the Museum and restoration area, and by making themselves available for occasional evening functions and special events. Prospective docents should possess a background in education, museum sciences, public relations, or aviation. Docents are required to complete an extensive training program.
The Museum restoration shops (located in the Museum basement and at our Gillespie Field annex in El Cajon) enjoy an unmatched reputation among volunteer programs throughout the country, due in part to the exciting and exacting nature of the work. Restoration volunteers should possess a background in machine shop operations, aircraft construction, wood or metal fabrication, aircraft engine construction, or aircraft maintenance.
Volunteers for collections management will inventory and manage Museums’ collections through accession, record keeping, documenting collections and supporting materials. These volunteers may also assist with curating exhibits that include related artifacts and draft label text. Volunteers should have a background in collections management and best practices.
Education volunteers are eligible to assist with our various educational programs, including lectures, special exhibits, flight-related ground training, and community outreach classes as well as occasional traditional classroom activities in the Museum’s Education Center. Volunteer experience in education or aviation training – including a teaching credential and current background check - is strongly desired.
LIBRARY & ARCHIVES
The Museum’s Library & Archives is the second largest aerospace library in the nation. Volunteers should be familiar with, or have a strong interest in, aviation history, space exploration, library science, or have a research background, and have writing and computer skills.
Normally located at our Gillespie Field facility, volunteers should possess a strong model-building background. They must be willing to help instruct apprentices and enlighten groups about model making, display, and technology.
There is a wide range of opportunities for volunteers in graphic design, ranging from artistic renderings to the more technical mechanical drawings and CAD/CAM. Volunteers can utilize their artistic skills to develop floor plans for exhibits, as well as promotional materials, brochures and flyers. Volunteers should have experience with InDesign, Photoshop, AutoCAD, or related software.
Volunteers for exhibit fabrication will construct elements of exhibits, including but not limited to, cases, pedestals, framing and mounting posters, labels, and pictures. Volunteers should have experience with carpentry, milling, using power tools and basic construction, mounting and framing.
We offer voluntary internships for undergraduate and graduate level students in our Library & Archives, Graphics and Restoration departments. Although internships at the Museum are unpaid, they can be completed for academic credit, depending upon school policy.
Occasionally the Museum needs volunteers for special projects, and special volunteer positions may be created for those projects. Frequently, such projects support the Archives, Administrative, Marketing or Development areas. If you have special skills, knowledge, or experience that you would like to share in an area not outlined, please make note of it.
We hope you decide to join our elite volunteer team at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.