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Volunteer Opportunities

Know a teen who would like to Volunteer?

Check out our
Museum Apprentice Program.

Click here to find out about this unique and exciting volunteer opportunity and upcoming MAP training sessions.

 

Bring History to Life!

The Museum's Amazing Skies Theater living history program offers many interesting projects involving costumes, research, writing, stage management, and more!

The Museum of Flight is always looking for skilled, motivated, dedicated employees and volunteers.

Select each item to see a full description of what each job would entail. Please contact us about volunteering if you have questions about these or any other possible opportunities.

To apply, please call Carol Thomson at 206.768.7179 or send her a message.

Currently, we are looking for the following volunteers:

2 opening(s)
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2015
10 opening(s)
Application Deadline: Sep 4, 2015

The Access Guide provides interpretive tours and activities aboard and associated with the Space Trainer Crew Compartment and performs necessary work related to the tour experience and upkeep of the area.

Some of the duties the Access Guide will perform are:
Provide interpretive tours to groups ranging from 2 to 24 persons
Provide quality customer service to visitors, and perform crowd management duties, acting as a ticket taker as needed
Perform daily set-up, take down and cleaning of the exhibit
Develop a complete and thorough understanding of the Crew Compartment and its subsystems
Perform maintenance and administrative tasks as directed

Volunteers must possess strong interpersonal communication, public speaking, and customer service skills; able to quickly master technical systems; be dependable, punctual, and willing to commit to a schedule; self-directed and willing to take initiative

5 opening(s)
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2015

A Gallery ambassador is a volunteer mixture position between concierge and security guard. The Museum places ambassadors at the entrance and in the Charles Simonyi Gallery. They encourage guests to learn about the museum while supervising the galleries to ensure the safety and preservation of the artifacts.
Duties include:
• Provide on-the-spot customer service to visitors
• Provide welcoming, helpful, and friendly service to all visitors.
• Direct visitors to admissions, store, etc., and other amenities as needed.
• Stay knowledgeable of current exhibitions and events and be able to connect visitors to information they are seeking.

Requirements:
• Energetic, outgoing, and friendly individuals with an enthusiasm and interest in the Museum of Flight.
• Ability to succeed in a crowded, noisy atmosphere.
• Must be able to stand and/or walk for at least three hours at a time.
• Skilled with interacting with the public, retaining a courteous manner at all times.
• Speak fluent English; fluency in other languages is a plus!
• Maintain a neat personal appearance and adhere to the preferred dress code.

10 opening(s)
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2015

The Museum of Flight is pleased to have received in its collection the experimental Boeing 787 ZA003 aircraft. This plane flew approximatively 900 hours and was first used as test plane before becoming the face of Boeing during their Dream Tour all around the world.

It was delivered to the Museum on November 8th and now on permanent display for our visitors.

With this addition, Airpark has a need for additional volunteers. Airpark Hosts will rotate among Air Force One, Concorde, and our newest exhibit, the Boeing 787. Hosts provide customer service such as answering questions about these exhibits, taking count of visitors going inside, monitoring traffic flow and keep the artifacts protected from damage. It is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and to support four of the Museum’s most popular artifacts.

Hosts must be able to handle stairs, a variety of weather. The minimum age is 15. Two shifts are available for Airpark - 10:00 to 1:30 and 1:30 to 5:00.

8 opening(s)
Application Deadline: Sep 14, 2015

Enrollment sessions are offered twice a year. The Museum Apprentice Program provides high school students with an absolutely free, unique and exciting volunteer opportunity. During this program, students work on projects related to the museum field, museum education, oral histories, living history, documentary making, and public service. Students take part in an eight hour training course. Please check your schedule before you apply to make sure you can meet this requirement as well as attend the regular MAP meetings every Thursday evening. Students learn about exhibit design, practice presentation and teaching techniques, and delve into aviation and space related topics.

Eligibility:

  • Currently be enrolled in high school.
  • Must be able to attend weekly Thursday evening meetings, 7-9 p.m.
  • The ability to work with diverse groups of children, adults, staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to follow directions and be a team player.
  • Positive, enthusiastic attitude and strong work ethic.

No experience is required, just an eagerness to learn, help others learn, and be willing to contribute creative ideas.

For more information or to apply please visit the Museum Apprentice Program page.

Bring history to life creating new pieces or using pre-scripted pieces, historical re-enactments, and stage management skills. Any level of experience is welcome. Performances are scheduled for the Museum's peak times, mainly Thursday evenings and weekend days.

For more information visit the Amazing Skies Theater.

17 opening(s)
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2016

Docents are an important resource at The Museum of Flight.  They are among the first people to directly interact with visitors.  Docents give tours, conduct aviation and space-related talks, and may be given the opportunity to present school programs.  Docents are stationed throughout the Museum to answer questions about the exhibits and artifacts.  Shift availability depends upon current needs.

Eligibility:

  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Teaching or public speaking experience
  • The ability to work with diverse groups of children, adults, staff and volunteers
  • Be able to accept supervision and evaluation of your volunteer work

Classes will include study of our exhibits, learning presentation and teaching skills, and taking field trips of applicable sites.  

In anticipation of the Museum's expansion, two classes are being offered for 2016.  Each class is 11 weeks, one day a week from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is a $25 fee to cover materials.  You cannot miss more than two classes, pass a 50 question test and be able to provide a 30 minute tour to graduate.

The first class will be on Saturdays starting January 9th and last class on March 19th

The second class will be on Tuesdays starting April 12th and ending June 21st.

The interview process includes a group interview with the Docent Services Specialist, a member of the Docent Training Committee and the Volunteer Coordinator.

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 class.  If you would like to be considered for this class, please contact the volunteer coordinator. You can become involved in other volunteer positions while waiting to attend a docent class.