Join the Fun – And Help Out a Good Cause
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
- Gift Shop Attendant
- Building/Yard Maintenance
We’re a great place to volunteer. We recognize the selfless efforts of our dedicated volunteers throughout the year. 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.
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.
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.
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 Lattner Learning Classroom and Hanger 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.
The educational tour 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.
Gift Shop Attendant
The Kansas Aviation Museum gift shop offers volunteer opportunities during the week. Our gift shop sells a variety of aviation themed items. Gift Shop attendants will assist with sales, stocking, and keeping the gift shop and lobby clean and attractive to our museum guests. This is the first point of contact for most of our guests so the gift shop attendants need to have strong customer service skills. Prior cashier skills are valued but we are happy to train if needed.
If you would like to volunteer in the gift shop but do not want the responsibility of register duties, we are happy to have your help in stocking shelves, folding museum brochures, assisting guests with questions about where the exhibits are in the museum, and light cleaning duties in the gift shop and lobby area.
Office & Clerical Assistants
The Kansas Aviation Museum office offers volunteer opportunities during the week. Our office and education departments are managed by a few with the responsibilities of many. We are in need of individuals who enjoy doing clerical duties such as data entry, copy and scanning, and filing. Our education department may have need for some of the same type of work as well as prepping items for a school tour or child actives.
We are also very interested in individuals who would be willing to provide receptionist duties such as answer phone calls in addition to doing clerical duties as described above. This is the first points of contact for most of our guests so the receptionists need to have strong customer service skills as well as prior phone answering experience. This position can also be a back up for the gift shop attendant if volunteers are willing to learn multiple tasks and positions.
Historic Aircraft Restoration
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.
Just imagine walking into our lobby and instantly stepping back into the 1930’s 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.
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 contact Barb Kramer or call (316) 683-9242