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If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please call us at (619) 234-8291 ext. 120 or
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Share your talent with the community - while helping to preserve San Diego's precious Aerospace heritage.

Docents - The "Face" of the Museum. Docents serve as guides and exhibition interpreters at the Museum by guiding scheduled (and unscheduled) tours through the Museum and restoration area, and by making themselves available during scheduled evening functions and special events. Prospective Docents must be at least 18 years of age, and are required to complete a rigorous training program.

Education - Celebrate, Educate, Inspire. Education volunteers assist with our various educational programs, including lectures, special exhibits, flight-related ground training, and community outreach classes as well as traditional classroom activities in the Museum's modern Education Center. Experience in education or aviation training is strongly desired.

Information Desk - The "Go To" Gang. The Information desk is staffed by a volunteer during all hours that the Museum is open to the public. These volunteers are expected to be generally familiar with the San Diego area, knowledgeable about Balboa Park and expert in discussing the Museum. Information Desk volunteers must be at least 18 years of age, and possess good communications skills.

Library & Archives - A national treasure. The Museum Library & Archives is not a lending library but is available to Museum staff, Museum members, approved researchers, and our volunteers. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and should be familiar with, or have an interest in, library science and or previous work in research.

Model Shop - Professionals on a grand scale. Volunteers should possess a strong model-building background. Must be willing to help instruct apprentices and enlighten groups about model making, display, and technology.

Restoration - The "Heart" of the Museum. The Museum restoration shops (located in the Museum basement and in our Gillespie Field annex) enjoy an unmatched reputation among volunteer programs throughout the country, due in part to the exciting and exacting nature of the work. Volunteers should possess a background in engineering, fabrication or maintenance and must be at least 18 years of age.

Admissions - Meet and greet the public. The admissions area is staffed by volunteers during all hours that the Museum is open to the general public. Admissions volunteers are the "first line of security" for our Museum. Volunteers for this group must be at least 18 years of age, should have good communication and leadership skills, possess great tact and diplomacy, and have a strong desire to help people.

Other - What skills can you bring to share? Occasionally the Museum needs volunteers for special projects. Some projects may be open to volunteer assistance in the Archives, Administrative, Community Relations, 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!

The Museum has a "Guideline for Volunteers" booklet that explains each volunteer activity, and describes training and ancillary requirements in detail.

Visitors often ask where the San Diego Air & Space Museum acquired its extensive and varied collection of aircraft. The answer is that the Museum's collection of planes, engines and artifacts came from many sources - some were purchased, others donated and a few planes were bartered - but regardless of how they join the collection, many airplanes and engines received by the Museum require extensive work.

This work is needed either to restore them to their original operational condition or to improve them to a suitable condition for display. Of the aircraft presently in the Museum's inventory, about 25 percent were either "scratch built" or painstakingly restored by the Museum's Restoration volunteers. Thus, the Restoration Shop and its invaluable cadre of volunteer craftsmen play an essential role in the future of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

However, the restoration shop is not the only place the Museum utilizes volunteers. Often, a volunteer is the first person you will encounter when you come to the Museum for a visit. Volunteers run the information booth, the admission gates and serve as Docent tour guides. The Education Department and the Library and Archives rely heavily on volunteer help to fulfill their roles within the Museum's mission. The Museum is profoundly grateful for the generous gift of time and skill given by its volunteers.

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