Volunteers are vital to our success at ESAM. Together, our diverse group of educators, restoration experts, exhibit developers, carpenters, electricians, media specialists, caretakers, maintainers, docents and support personnel make amazing things happen - and we'd love for you to join our team!
If you are interested in volunteering, please CLICK HERE to fill out the volunteer information form.
Volunteers are desperately needed in all areas of the Museum; we have opportunities to fit every skill and interest you have.
Docents welcome, engage and educate Museum visitors, sharing their knowledge of aviation and the Museum's exhibits through tours and one-on-one interaction. No experience isnecessary; training is provided. Docents usually work during the Museum's regularly scheduled hours, but primary needs at this time are for docents available to assist with weekday tours and during weekend summer events. Docents also provide a minimal level of security for the protection of the exhibits, airplanes and facilities.
Reception/Clerical volunteers support our administrative staff inthe behind-the-scenes work that keeps the Museum running smoothly.
Common duties include:
Join ESAM's educators in engaging and exciting visitors of all ages with experiences in air and space! Our wide-ranging curriculum includes everything from rocket and model building classes to guest lecturers and STEM (Science/ Technology/ Engineering/ Math) programs delivered in area schools. Our curriculum is currently undergoing extensive revision, so there's no better time than now to get in and share the fresh excitement! Experience in education is desirable but not mandatory. Training will be provided.
The crown jewels of any aviation Museum are the lovingly restored decommissioned aircraft in its collection. ESAM is fortunate to have a number of unique and valuable planes, all of which have been restored or are slated for restoration, as well as a handful of related pieces. Restoration volunteers research the original specifications for items in our collection and repair, restore or otherwise prepare them for exhibition.
The development, design, construction and maintenance of engaging and relevant exhibits are an exciting challenge for every Museum. Exhibit team members should be creative, energetic, and work well with others.
The Research Center houses valuable and one-of-a-kind historical documents related to GE, New York State Aviation and related subjects.
Research Center Volunteers:
Acquisition and Curatorial
The Acquisition and Curatorial group is responsible for acquiring and caring for items - including aircraft! - that enhance the Museum's mission of education and create excitement for the visitor. From the minute that an article, a book, a plane, a computer or any object comes to the Museum through purchase or donation, this group has the initial contact with it. Decisions are made as to acquiring objects offered by one or more of the armed services, providing adequate storage, maintaining a computerized data base for everything in the Museum’s possession, supervising loans - either incoming or outgoing - and caring for the items in the collection. Volunteers work with others to identify needs for exhibits, provide articles and items from storage for exhibits and loans, enter data about articles and items into a computer inventory system, monitor the use of items.
Are you a people person? Do you love parades, events, and opportunities to meet new people? ESAM's event team is actively seeking volunteers to assist in planning and attending the numerous parades, benefits and festivals we participate in throughout the year.
There is a surprising amount of work to make a Museum a place of interest, excitement and education. Most of it is just plain work and occurs behind the scenes. However, what these volunteers do is as necessary and vital to the Museum as any other job. Volunteers will keep the appearance of the buildings neat and clean, mow the lawns and fields, improve the buildings, construct rooms, install electrical circuits, repair and maintain things, general cleaning, lend a hand to put on events or assist other groups where needed, install computer systems, paint graphics, mount wall murals, install commemorative bricks in and maintain the Memorial Plaza, remove snow, wash windows, clean exhibits...The jobs are varied...and essential!
SO...If YOU have a willingness to work...
If YOU have an interest in aviation...
If YOU like to educate others...
If YOU have some spare time...
If YOU like people...
If YOU have a skill...
If YOU are able to contribute your time and effort...
If YOU enjoy working with others...
THEN WE NEED YOU! JOIN, PARTICIPATE AND ENJOY!
CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE VOLUNTEER INFORMATION FORM!
250 Rudy Chase Drive
Glenville, New York 12302
Telephone: (518) 377-2191 Ext. 10
Fax: (518) 377-1959
Office Hours: 9 AM - 2 PM