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The Air Zoo currently has full-time and part-time openings available. If you would like to be considered for any of the open positions listed below, please follow the instructions at the the end of each posting. The Air Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applications are held for 90 days.

Full Time Positions

Position Title: Graphic Design & Marketing Specialist

Supervisor: Marketing & Communications Manager
Status: Full-Time, Exempt

Combine your talent for graphic design and marketing with a passion for education, family entertainment and the world of aviation and space by becoming a member of the Air Zoo's Marketing team!

Air Zoo?
With over 100 rare aircraft & spacecraft, amazing hands-on exhibits, amusement park rides, full-motion flight simulators, a 4D theater, educational programs, and much, much more, the Smithsonian-affiliated Air Zoo aerospace & science museum in Portage, MI is unlike any you ve ever seen! The Air Zoo brings science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to life through our roots in aerospace science, and provides guests with unique, hands-on experiences that include interactive exhibits, amazing displays, rare artifacts, and amusement park rides. Recently voted the #1 museum in Michigan as well as "Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners", "Best Place to Spend the Day With Your Family" , and "Best Place to Take Kids", the Air Zoo is one of southwest Michigan's top attractions for families and museum enthusiasts.

Who we are looking for:
The Air Zoo is a fast-moving, dynamic organization, and we re looking for a fun, out-of-the-box-thinking self-starter with strong graphic design skills, a creative mind, a passion for learning, and a high-level of experience with the Adobe Creative Suite. Web-design experience and an intermediate knowledge of sound marketing practices/principles will put you at the head of the pack, and you ll gain valuable experience in these areas along the way. We're looking for someone who will hit the ground running.

What you will be doing:

  • This position is heavily-focused on graphic design. Create designs, layouts, and finished artwork for a variety of digital and print mediums, including printed ads, online/social media advertising, logos, banners, signage, billboards, flyers, exhibits, and brochures.
  • Participate in full-cycle development of marketing/interdepartmental projects, ranging from creative concept to execution.
  • Manage aspects of the Air Zoo's social media presence and create and contribute images, posts, and other content for a variety of purposes.
  • Assist in writing, proofing, and editing scripts and copy of all departmental projects; ensure accuracy in all communications.
  • Participate in the development of a new branding strategy and other long-term, public-facing strategic projects and goals.
  • Help further the development and organization of the Air Zoo's marketing processes and production schedules.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

What you will bring to the Air Zoo:

  • Strong skill in graphic design, experience in video production and web-design is a huge plus
  • Excellent grasp of social media and website metrics, best practices and administration
  • Experience being part of a marketing team
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • High level of creativity
  • Ability to think strategically and operate effectively in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Outstanding communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Bachelor s degree in Graphic Design, Fine Arts, Marketing or Business and/or 5 or more years of experience preferred
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite products including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop (Premiere and After Effects a huge plus)
  • Passion for learning about the Air Zoo and telling our story to a wide audience
  • A superstar attitude that brings fun and passion to every project, every day
  • What the Air Zoo is providing:
  • Compensation commensurate with experience in a range of $41,000 to $45,000
  • Benefits: medical, dental and vision; long-term & short-term disability; life insurance, AD&D, 403b, and paid time off
  • Membership at the number one aviation museum in the world!

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and two samples of your work to

Part-Time Positions

Position Title: Guest Experience Ambassador

Supervisor: Customer Service Manager
Status: Part-time; non-exempt

Position Objectives:

The Guest Experience Ambassador (GEA) position has direct contact with our Guests. They set the stage and atmosphere for our Guests visits. Point of Sale GEA staff process admission tickets and membership sales, answer phones, work in retail, and assist our Guests. Ride Operator GEA staff are responsible for safely operating all of the Air Zoo attractions while ensuring our Guests have the best experience possible during their visit. Safety, customer service, professionalism and accuracy are the priority.

Applications for this position can be downloaded HERE,or obtained at the Air Zoo's ticketing counter during normal business hours. Please drop off completed applications at the Air Zoo's ticket desk.

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

The Air Zoo has many internship and volunteer opportunities available that cover a broad range of majors and interests.


Click position title to download full description.

  • Archive Intern: Assist with numbering and labeling, accessioning, refiling, and data entry.
  • Curatorial Intern: Assist with aerospace research, writing, data organization, and inventory.
  • Digital Assets Intern: Assist with describing and digitizing photos, and inventorying data.
  • Graphic Intern: Assist with artwork creation, design layout, photo manipulation, etc.
  • Photo/Video Intern: Assist with capturing and editing photos and video, asset organization, etc.

For more information, contact Tamra Stafford via email by clicking HERE, or by phone via 269.350.2815.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers! If you'd like to volunteer for the Air Zoo, please check out our volunteer page.

The Air Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program