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

CREW CAPTAINS

Crew Captains are volunteer leaders at SAM, they guide their respective volunteer teams and take on additional leadership responsibilities as required.

Public Education Programs - Crew Captain
  • Have good communication skills, organized and can work well with all ages of children as well others.
  • Primary contact for school bookings and scheduling of volunteers and co-ordination.
  • Train volunteers to facilitate the educational programming to school-aged visitors.
  • Program length is based on half day (2hrs), full day (4hrs) morning and/or afternoon,
  • Develop programs for younger children under age 12 (Includes Aviation Day Camp).
  • Skill related to an educational background experience is a strong asset.
  • Report to management weekly with updates, revisions and activity.
Restorations - Crew Captain
  • Aviation Mechanical Engineer (AME) experience or other skill sets of training is an asset.
  • Manage work shop and coordinate volunteers for ongoing restoration projects.
  • Assess projects, categorize inventories on hand and of parts needing to be acquired.
  • Establish costs, timelines, preparing budgets with a plan for prior management approval,
  • Has an ability to work with a number of others.
  • Report to management weekly with updates.
Facility Maintenance and Custodial - Crew Captain
  • Recruit, coordinate and schedule volunteers for general custodial and grounds duties.
  • Inspect premises for housekeeping, safety and areas needing repair, upkeep.
  • Monitor for areas of concern with grounds safety to the public.
  • Take inventory of cleaning supplies and acquire, replenish as required.
  • Report to management weekly.

CREW SUPPORT SERVICES

AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS

Pilot Qualifications: Accepting Applications

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

Pilots to be Pilots-in-Command (PIC) of the 1942 DH 82C Tiger Moth and 1952 Harvard Mk IV:
Requirements of candidates:

  • Hold at least a commercial pilot licence and valid medical certificate
  • Minimum 500 hours PIC Commercially Licensed
  • Minimum 50 hours taildragger aircraft experience
  • Successfully pass the ground schools and flight training.
  • Availability with commitment to fly between May 1 to October 31
  • Must have good communication skills and be a people person.

ONLY seriously interested candidates are encouraged to apply to the museum by submitting a volunteer application for review. Interviews to follow.

Flight Incentives for chosen candidates.

Ground Crew – Ramp/Apron Support: Accepting Applications

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

Provide aircraft and pilot support ensuring visitor safety, passenger assistance and directions, as well pre-flight briefing.
Requirements of volunteers:

  • Must have good communication skills, be a people person.
  • Have an ability to learn and retain a specific amount of information.
  • Capable to command attention and project your voice.
  • Availability with commitment required between May 1 to October 31
  • Training and coaching support provided.
  • Aviation knowledge not necessarily required, but is an asset.

TECHNICIANS

Restorations Technician: Accepting Applications

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

Prepare, restore and fabricate vintage aircraft structures using techniques both modern and used during the era of the aircraft’s times.
Requirements of volunteers:

  • Aviation Mechanical Engineer (AME) experience is a strong asset or other skill sets of training
  • Ability to work with a number of others.
  • Interpret aircraft structure drawings and blueprints.
  • Disassemble, clean, restore, repair, build and reassemble.
Restorations Assistant

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

Provide support in the capacity of general labor in the restorations shop, displays on the museum gallery floor and other areas as needed.
Requirements of volunteers:

  • Trades experience is an asset or other skill sets of training. (Carpentry, painting, aircraft fabric covering, mechanical, electrical).

PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Facilitate, instruct and/or assist staff with hands with community educational programming to school-aged visitors for grades 6 & 10 and programs for younger ages (grades 1 to 5).

Theory of Flight: Accepting Applications

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

Requirements of volunteers:

  • Skill related to an educational background experience is a strong asset.
  • Have good communication skills, organized, a people person and able to work well with all ages of children.
  • Communications, Navigation, Aircraft experience and meteorology an asset.
  • Time commitment is about 3-4 hrs weekly.
  • Training and coaching support provided.
Children’s Programming

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

Requirements of volunteers:

  • Assist, and/or develop and implement programs for younger children under age 12 (Includes Aviation Day Camp).
  • Training and coaching support provided.

SUPPORT SERVICES

VISITOR SERVICES

Reception / Office / Gift Shop (Accepting Applications)

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

Requirements of volunteers:

  • Provide the “welcoming face” of the Museum.
  • A readiness to help.
  • Having office/retail experience is an asset.
  • Computer experience and strong communication skills
  • Training and coaching support provided.
  • Aviation knowledge not required.
Tour Guide: Accepting Applications

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.
Requirements of volunteers:

  • Good communication skills and an ability to want to learn
  • Capable to command attention, project your voice across larger tour groups.
  • Aviation knowledge not necessarily required, but is an asset.
  • Training and coaching support provided.

FACILITY MAINTENANCE AND CUSTODIAL

Facility Housekeeping / Custodial: Accepting Applications

Monday to Friday (1-2 days/week)

Requirements of volunteers:

  • General custodial cleaning duties (floors, dusting, cleaning and sanitizing).
  • Cleaning, dusting indoor, sensitive artifacts, exhibits and aircraft in hangar.
  • Training and coaching provided in relation to cleaning exhibits.
Grounds – Summer

Monday to Friday (1-2 days/week)

Requirements of volunteers:

  • Maintain yard and cut grass approximately every other week.
  • Monitor for areas of concern with grounds safety to the public.
  • Trash collection and weed control as needed.
Grounds – Winter: Accepting Applications

Monday to Friday (1-2 days/week)

Requirements of volunteers:

  • Snow removal from walkways, sidewalks and entrances after each snowfall.
Building/Facility

Monday to Friday (1-2 days/week)

Requirements of volunteers:

  • Facility interior and exterior maintenance, repair, renovations.
  • Trades experience is an asset. (Carpentry, painting, plumbing, mechanical, electrical)

OTHER

ARCHIVAL COLLECTION / LIBRARY ASSISTANT: Position Available

3-5hrs/day,  2-3 days/week

Requirements of volunteers:

  • Accepting artifacts, documenting, cataloguing, organizing, filing and data entry the collections of the museum.
  • Enable people to share their stories in their own words, with their own voices, through their own understanding of what happened and why.
  • Good organizational, analytical and computer skills.
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work on ones own – self motivated.
Special Events

Time allotment determined by the event.

Participate in the delivery of on-sight and off-sight events.

Requirements of volunteers: (Seasonal)

  • Examples: Summertime BBQ Lunches, Aviation Days, Fund Raising Activities, and other events.
  • Time allotment determined by the event.
Marketing

Weekly dependent by the area and project needs

Requirements of volunteers:

  • A coordinator responsible of promoting museums footprint in digital media, website content and electronic communications.
  • Be active and insightful of the museums ongoing presence

Volunteer Application Process

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!!

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.