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Volunteers Needed

Restoration Center volunteer builds wings

Located near Kalamazoo in West Michigan, the Air Zoo is one of the nation's premier aerospace and science centers and we're always on the look out for great volunteers! The Air Zoo offers a variety of volunteer positions, most of which require little, or no, experience.

Some of the incentives for volunteering include:

  • Free admission for volunteer and immediate family
  • Discount in gift shop
  • Discount at Kitty Hawk Cafe on day of volunteering
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Monthly communications meeting

Positions Available

    Rick Cahow Volunteer of the Year

    The Air Zoo offers a variety of volunteer positions, most of which require little or no experience, with varying time commitments. The following is a brief description of the available positions and the requirements for each. Training will be provided for each volunteer opportunity. The volunteer opportunities will change monthly, based on the needs of the Air Zoo.


    Current Volunteer Opportunities

    Event Volunteers (1-3 Day Events)

    • Educational/Camps/Scouting Days - The Air Zoo's Educational Days inspire kids of all ages through interactive experiences, hands-on activities, and much, much more. Usually occurring on weekends, these special days focus on rotating aerospace and science themes and include a wide variety of activities. Help us make these experiences unforgettable!

      Click HERE for full position description.

    Seasonal (1-16 week opportunities)

      Ongoing (Year Round Opportunities)

      • Docents - Volunteers in this area serve as the Air Zoo's teachers and tour guides, and have the opportunity to inspire Air Zoo guests on a daily basis! The Air Zoo's Docent Training course ensures you will have everything you need to educate guests about the Museum's collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and artifacts.

        Click HERE for full position description.


      • Greeter - Be the Air Zoo's first point of contact with our guests and set the tone for fun! Volunteers will greet customers and give general information about the Air Zoo.

        Click HERE for full position description.


      • Reception Desk/Greeter (East Campus) - Greet guests at our East Campus, which houses the Air Zoo's Restoration Center and an amazing collection of aircraft.

        Click HERE for full position description.


      • Data Entry - Volunteers will perform data entry within various departments. Data entry and good computer skills are necessary.

        Click HERE for full position description.


      • Aircraft Restoration and Maintenance Volunteer - Get "hands-on" with one of the most amazing collections of aircraft and spacecraft in the world! Volunteers ensure the Air Zoo's aircraft, spacecraft, and exhibits remain in top condition for the public to enjoy.

        ClickHERE for full position description.

      Apply Today!

      Air Zoo volunteer at work

      If you are interested in any of these job opportunities, please download and fill out our volunteer application packet by clicking HERE. Drop off or mail your completed packet to the Air Zoo, Attn: Volunteer Manager, 6151 Portage Rd, Portage, MI, 49002. For questions about volunteering at the Air Zoo, email our Volunteer Department by clicking HERE, or call 269.350.2815. We look forward to hearing from you!

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