Help give back to the Hornet and help preserve history.

Sign up as a volunteer starting on Giving Tuesday and join our program of volunteering throughout the year. Volunteers will work on various projects for the ship as well as helping to crew large events. As a special for Giving Tuesday, the Hornet Museum is creating a new year-around Volunteer effort, allowing you to sign up for one or more Volunteer Field Events that will be offered roughly quarterly. Help us preserve the ship and run our fund-raising events! We will have several planned volunteer events throughout the year (January 20th, March 3rd, June 2nd, September 1st and December 1st) for you to choose from.

If you want to schedule a group volunteer opportunity on a different day then feel free to contact us. As always, if you can’t donate your time but want to help, feel free to make a to the ship.

Help make Giving Tuesday last all year!


For More Information, contact [email protected]捕鱼大作战 or call (510) 521-8448 x243

The USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum depends upon the service of a dedicated volunteer crew for success. Our volunteers become shipmates who actively participate in the staffing and operation of this historic aircraft carrier.

Become part of the ongoing history and legacy of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, an American icon of World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Apollo 11 & Apollo 12 recovery missions! Help preserve the ship and her history by sharing your time, skills, experience, labor, and/or knowledge!

Please note that many volunteer positions require walking, climbing ship’s ladders (stairs), and maneuvering tight passageways. For more information, visit our Accessibility Page.


STEP 1: Register for New Volunteer Orientation (NVO)

NVOs are usually held the first Saturday of each month from 9–11:30 AM. Please see our Calendar to confirm a date or email 捕鱼大作战[email protected]. Pre-registration is required. If you cannot attend the scheduled orientations, a private NVO may be arranged by advance appointment.

Who May Apply?

Anyone can apply to be a volunteer at the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum! We prefer ages 18 and older but do accept younger volunteers in specific volunteer positions such as our Docent, Education, and Collections programs depending on interest and availability. Military service is appreciated but not required–our volunteers have diverse skill sets and come from all walks of life. All applicants must pass a background check to serve as a volunteer.

STEP 2: Choose Your Volunteering Area of Interest

Volunteers at the Museum can participate in as many Volunteer Divisions as they like so. Some divisions, such as the Docents and Safety & Security, require minimum hours to to stay listed as an “active volunteer” within those divisions whereas others  such as Events, are better suited for those who want to volunteer but won’t be able to set up a regular schedule.

Docents are the face of the ship and have the unique opportunity to tell the history of the ship and her men. The Docents volunteer seven days a week and consistently receive shinning reviews from museum visitors. The connect they make between the Greatest Generation and our visitors truly brings the ship to life.

捕鱼大作战The Docent team has also been a great asset for Museum Programming, Outreach, and Private Events, acting as ambassadors for the ship and her history as well as sharing the educational mission of the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum.

捕鱼大作战The Safety & Security Division operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is always someone on the ship from this division protecting the ship and her artifacts in addition to maintaining safety protocols for our guests.

The Museum depends on the Safety & Security Division for all of our major events, both public and private, and we appreciate the long hours they dedicate to maintaining safety aboard the Museum.

捕鱼大作战The Ship Maintenance and Restoration Division is responsible for restorating spaces and equipment on the ship back to operational standards。 The ship is a National and State Historic Landmark, so anything done to restore it must be done to original specifications。

Ship Restoration has completed multiple restoration projects over 2018 including: restoration and maintenance of the Flight Deck elevators (L1, L3), the crane lift, scissor lift, gun tubs, Fire Room #2, Sister-Ship Row spaces, and more!

Throughout the year, the Museum routinely has large events that require additional assistance。 These events include: July 4th, our Monsters Bash Halloween party, our New Years Eve Gala, and other patriotic, commemorative, and community-focused events。 Volunteer positions range from greeter to exhibition minder and everyone we get is a great help to making the event a success enjoyed by all!

The Community Outreach position is best for those volunteers able and willing to participate in off-site events throughout the Bay Area。 We showcase our popular cockpits at fundraising and community outreach opportunities! Volunteers in this division travel to community events (fairs, festivals, and schools) to represent the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum。

The Aircraft Restoration Division refurbishes and maintains all aircraft at the Museum. One of the highlights of their work in 2018 was the restoration of the FM-2 Wildcat.

捕鱼大作战This aircraft was recovered from the bottom of Lake Michigan where it had been resting for over fifty years and is on display today restored to its original glory。 In 2006, she was transferred to the USS Hornet Museum for restoration and is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida。

Exhibitions and the Permanent Collection are the heart and soul of any Museum, and the USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum has seen growth and improvement in both throughout 2018。 Most of the volunteers in the department help with the Collections side with helping with the day-to-day logistics of managing the Museum’s artifacts。

The Radio Division restores and maintains all radio and electric equipment for display in exhibits and maintain all radios used by museum staff. They welcome visitors to tour the Radio Room and have made contact to countries all over the world using the original ship antennas.

The Radio Division also hosts visitors during community events at the Museum and additionally has a Boy Scout merit badge program that attracts scouts from all over the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, including those scouts who stay aboard for an overnight program。

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