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 contact her online.
Currently, we are looking for the following volunteers:
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.
- 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
The class for March 2014 is full. If you would like to be considered for the 2015 class, please submit your application. There are other volunteer opportunities while you are waiting for the next class.
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.
The Museum has opened a new gallery that includes the Space Shuttle Trainer. Stretching over 100 feet, and four stories high, the artifact was used by NASA to train every space shuttle astronaut. The Museum has added stairs and ramps to make the expansive cargo bay accessible to all visitors, including those with disabilities. Airpark Hosts rotate among Air Force One, Concorde, and the Space Shuttle Trainer to provide customer service such as answering questions about these exhibits, taking count of visitors going inside and monitoring traffic flow. It is a great opportunity to meet people from all over the world and support three of the Museum’s most popular artifacts.
Hosts must be able to handle stairs and a variety of weather. There are two shifts available - 10:00 to 1:30 and 1:15 to 5:00. Volunteers are especially needed on Saturday and Sunday.
The Museum of Flight’s B-17 ‘F’ is a restored historic aircraft and represents the condition of the aircraft when new in 1943. Visitor tours will be offered - weather permitting - starting Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Interior and exterior tours will be offered every day depending on how many tour guides are available.
Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two shifts per month.
Volunteers who have an avid interest in WWII history are encouraged to apply to assist with these tours. Training will be provided beginning in May that include practice tours.
To participate with interior tours, volunteers must meet these guidelines:
Be comfortable and able to move through low lighting levels, narrow walkways (8”), confined spaces and low ceiling heights.
Must be able to proceed cautiously through the B-17 to avoid damaging themselves and/or the aircraft.
To exit out of the aircraft, volunteers must be able to get down on their hands and knees for a few seconds.
The Museum of Flight will offer visitors an interesting and engaging tour of King County International Airport/Boeing Field from May 3rd through October 25th. This is the only airport in the United States providing this type of tour- especially of a premier airport! The tour will focus on the history of the airport and region and provide information about flight and airport operations. The tours start and finish in the Museum’s west entrance and are available on Saturdays and Sundays only.
The Tour Guide is a volunteer who enjoys working with people, is enthusiastic about the Museum, aviation and KCIA/Boeing Field, has experience in making presentations/giving tours to the public and is willing to acquire or enhance knowledge of KCIA/Boeing Field through organized training and by using readily available research materials. The Tour Guide must be proficient in delivering the tour in an engaging, factual and humorous manner suitable for guests of all ages and backgrounds. The Tour Guide must have good mobility, be able to sit in a vehicle for 1–3 hours, speak fluent English, maintain a neat personal appearance and adhere to the established dress code.
The Tour Driver is a volunteer who enjoys working with people, is enthusiastic about the Museum, aviation and KCIA/Boeing Field, and is willing to acquire or enhance knowledge of KCIA/Boeing Field through organized training and by using readily available research materials. The Tour Driver is responsible for the safe conduct of the tour van around the airfield circuit and, as such, must constantly be on alert for other traffic (vehicles and aircraft), as well as communications from the KCIA/BFI Tower. The Tour Driver must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and an excellent driving record, pass the KCIA airfield driving test, have excellent hearing and be able to communicate with and take direction from the Tower over a transceiver radio. The Tour Driver must have good mobility and be able to sit in a vehicle for 1–3 hours, maintain a neat personal appearance and adhere to the established dress code.
Tour Guides and Tour Drivers must agree to commit to two shifts per month for the entire season (May through October). Classroom training will be on Saturday, March 1st from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Practice tours will take place during the month of April on weekends.
- Application Deadline: 09/27/2014
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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