Volunteer

A Hands-on historical experience

Connect with History

Volunteering at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum helps to offer the community a unique glimpse of historical importance from the artifacts amassed in the museum as an historical education program for all. 

SAM is very fortunate to have a committed group of volunteers who offer their career skills, experience and talents to the museum on a daily basis. Thanks to their dedication we are able to offer an unique experience to visitors, deliver educational programming to all ages, and maintain archival and artifact collections for future generations to enjoy. 

Volunteers are integral to the day-to-day operations and without them we could not be where we are today. Whether you’re a student, employed or retired we have a variety of opportunities that will satisfy your interests and your schedule. An opportunity to work with a unique collection alongside other like-minded individuals and flexible scheduling.

To volunteer, a membership is required. 

Volunteer Highlights

  • Time commitments are flexible based on availability.
  • Responsibilities are scheduled during the museum’s hours open to public.
  • Work as little as a half-day per week (3-4hrs), two days per month or even a full day shift is optional.
  • A minimum commitment of 25 hours per year is appreciated to help us manage needs. 

benefits

We support and encourage volunteer engagement and offer many benefits to our member volunteers including: unlimited free admission to the museum, select special events, discounts in our gift shop, as well programs offered by the museum.  

Volunteer Opportunities

Visitor Services – Reception

3-4hrs/day shifts, 7 days a week. 9am to 4pm

Provide the “welcoming face of the Museum. Computer and strong communication skills with office/retail experience an asset. Training and coaching support provided. Aviation knowledge not required.

Visitor Services – Tour Guide

3-4hrs/day shifts, 7 days a week. 9am to 4pm

Engage visitors by sharing the museum’s aviation history through discussion, demonstrations and tours. Have good communication skills and ability to learn and retain a lot of information. Capable to command attention, project your voice across larger tour groups. Training and coaching support provided. Aviation knowledge not required.

Assist with Flight Operations:

  • Greeter, passenger assistance, pre-flight briefing.
  • Flights – Ramp, Apron work and Safety
Public Education Programs

2-3hrs/day, 2-3 days/week

Having skills related to or having educational background experience in a strong asset. Volunteers facilitate, instructor and/or assist education staff with hands-on programming for children’s programming.

Facilitators and instructors to assist community educational programming to school-aged visitors. Programing includes Theory of Flight (Grades 6 & 10). Additional customized programs for younger ages (Grades 1 to 5) on request.
Development of programs for younger children under age 12 (Includes Aviation Day Camp).

Archival Collection/ Library

3-5hrs/day,  2-3 days/week

A few hours a week would help! Essential area of work accepting artifacts, documenting, cataloguing, organizing, filing and data entry the collections of the museum.

Facility Housekeeping

Monday to Friday (1-2 days/week)

Custodial duty such as: Washing & sweeping floors, dusting and cleaning the museum. Wash windows, includes trash removal and sanitizing. Cleaning, dusting indoor sensitive artifacts and exhibits and aircraft in hangar.

Facility Maintenance

Monday to Friday (1-2 days/week)

Grounds

Summer: (cut grass/weed control) approximately every other week. Trash collection. Weed control via use of chemical (Round-Up)

Winter: (snow removal / sidewalk / entrances) after each snowfall.

Building

Building facility interior and exterior maintenance, repair, renovations. Trades experience is an asset. (Carpentry, sanding, painting, upholstery, plumbing, mechanical, electrical)

Special Events

Time allotment determined by the event.

Volunteers participate in the delivery of on-sight and off-sight events. Examples: Summertime Friday BBQ Lunch, Aviation Days, Museums Flight Program, Raffle Tickets at the Museum, Fund Raising Activities, and other events.

Restorations Technician

10-5hrs/day, 2-3 days/week

Disassemble, clean, restore, repair and reassemble as well as fabricate aircraft structure, using techniques both modern and consistent with the age of the aircraft and techniques used at that time. Having AME experience is a strong asset.

Restorations Assistant

4-5hrs/day, 2-3 days/week

Provide support in the capacity of general labor duties in the restorations shop, on the museum gallery floor and other areas as needed. Trades experience is an asset or other skill sets of training (Carpentry, sanding, painting, aircraft fabric covering, mechanical, electrical)

Marketing

Weekly dependent by the area and project needs

Social Media Coordinator responsible for promoting museums footprint in digital media, website content and electronic communications. Fundraising.

Technical Support

Monthly based on system needs and projects require.

Graphic Design, Technical Support, Aviation Simulators and Audio Visual.

Oral/Written History Production

Research and create stories of the artifacts history. Consider “the object with a story and a history” more intriguing than the object without information.

Apply to Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum.

Upon receiving your volunteer application, a membership designate will contact you to arrange a time to meet in person. A tour of the facility will be provided with behind the scenes museum operations and to discuss how your interest, skill-set and experience can be best utilized by the Museum. We’ll be in touch!!

Prerequisite:

To become a volunteer with the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum, an annual membership is required prior to being considered and be maintained in good standing

VOLUNTEER CERTIFICATION AND CODE OF CONDUCT

I, as a member in good standing wish to volunteer my services to the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum Inc. located at 5 Hangar Road (John G. Diefenbaker International Airport) Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada S7L 5X4.

I, hereby, execute this certificate to Saskatchewan Aviation Museum Inc. for the express purpose of stating that any and all services performed by me, on behalf of the Museum, are entirely voluntary and gratuitous. I specifically decline any payment or other reimbursement for any such service and will not, at any time in the future, make any claim upon the museum for any such services performed by me.
I will act, dress and perform all duties in a professional manner. I understand that, as a volunteer, I am expected to be diplomatic in all dealings with the public as well as other volunteers and staff. I agree to work my schedule and attend any training sessions that are required. In addition, I will give timely notice of any expected absence and inform the Volunteer Coordinator of any changes in my address and/or phone number.

I understand the necessity to adhere with all aspects of the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum Safety Programs, industrial and administrative. I will wear protective clothing and use protective equipment, as required, to do any task safely.

I further agree to hold the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum Inc. harmless from any damage or injury to my property or person which may result from my own negligent while engaged as a volunteer on behalf of the Museum, and to release the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum Inc. from any liability for injury or damage to my person or property which may result from my services in this capacity.

I have read and understand this Agreement and Code of Conduct and confirm I am in agreement as a volunteer of the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum.

How to Find us

Our museum is NOT accessible from the main airport terminal, but at the following address:

5 Hangar Road, Saskatoon, SK S7L 5X4

Hangar Road is accessed via 47th Street from Avenue C North (turning opposite the RCAF Memorial Park parking lot), or from Wheaten Avenue off of 45th Street West.