Volunteers

Join the Fun – And Help Out a Good Cause

Museum volunteers

There are many ways you can volunteer for the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Whether you’ve devoted your life to aviation, are fascinated by history, intrigued by building restoration or just like to meet new people, we’ve got a worthwhile project that could use your help.

The Kansas Aviation Museum offers many volunteer opportunities to accommodate both weekday and weekend schedules. We provide training and materials to ensure that you will have a successful and enjoyable volunteer experience.

Here are some of the volunteer opportunities we offer.

• Tour guide
• Historic aircraft restoration
• Building restoration

We’re a great place to volunteer. We recognize the selfless efforts of our dedicated volunteers throughout the year. With parties, pizza, plaques, pins and praise, we say “Thank you!” to all the wonderful people who make this museum go and grow: our volunteers.

If you’re interested, please complete our volunteer form and let us know how you’d like to help.

Tour Guide

Tour Guide

Tour guides lead groups through the museum’s collection and exhibits.

Kansans truly value Kansas history, especially aviation history, and represent our largest group of visitors. But the museum also hosts visitors from all over the country and the world. In 2014, the museum welcomed visitors from two dozen different countries.

As a tour guide, you’ll meet some of the nicest people in the world, all interested in the story of Kansas aviation. They could be members of a local Scout troop, school children on a field trip, a family on vacation from another state or executives from another country.

Since we opened in 1991, we’ve had visitors from all 50 states and from all over the world, including Antarctica. As a museum tour guide, you can be right there to meet these interesting folks, sharing the fascinating history of Kansas aviation and the story of our beautiful building.

Education

Our education programs are possible because of volunteers who enjoy working with children. There are two types of education volunteers: those who help us keep the Boeing Learning Center a fun place for the children to learn and play; and those who want to help us when we host groups of children from kindergarten through high school.

Education Volunteer

Education volunteers may work with planned activities for visiting school children or help in the Learning Center.

Learning Center volunteers may help children find the right supplies to create with, show them how the simulator talks with the mock control tower, or even help them decide if they’d like to color or build. Our group volunteers will learn about the different activities within a school tour program and work with a group of students to help them learn principles of flight and engineering while they are here. You needn’t be an engineer to volunteer, though several of our volunteers are, we will train you and help you feel comfortable answering questions. Contact Abril Marshall at the Museum if you are interested in finding out more about being an education volunteer.

Historic Aircraft Restoration

Historic aircraft restoration

We usually have a project or two restoring historic aircraft in our restoration shop. A wide variety of skills are needed.

Hands-on aircraft restoration opportunities – from general maintenance to highly technical work – await those with the requisite expertise and interest. We are home to a variety of general aviation and military aircraft and always have restoration projects ongoing that need care by dedicated and skilled individuals.

Building Restoration

Just imagine walking into our lobby and instantly stepping back into the 1930s when air travel was new and exciting. That’s the vision we have, and we’re not stopping until that vision is realized. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum’s home is the original Wichita Municipal Airport terminal. The exterior of this grand art deco building has been restored, but there is much work to do inside.

We can always use volunteers who are "handy" to help with projects around our 80-year-old building.

We can always use volunteers who are “handy” to help with projects around our 80-year-old building.

Our building restoration workers range from Eagle Scouts to retirees. All, however, have one thing in common: they love this unique and remarkable building. Building restoration projects range in size and complexity, so we need volunteers with a variety of skills and talents. Whether you are a Jack-(or Jill)-of-all-trades, a licensed contractor or engineer, or somewhere in between, you’ll find a welcoming group to join. From painting and carpentry to landscape and electrical work, we need your skills.

 

For more information, please write to us or call (316) 683-9242