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Giving > Volunteer



Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization and at the heart of everything we do.


As a non-profit organization, The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum relies on our volunteers to provide a quality experience for our guests and to help with Museum operations.

Available Opportunities

New Volunteers

New volunteers are required to attend a volunteer orientation and additional training may be required for specific volunteer assignments. 

Once an initial offer of volunteer status has been made, a background check, including criminal record history, may be conducted for those over 18 years of age. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude someone from volunteering but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability for the assignment.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What should volunteers wear?
    Most full-time volunteers wear a uniform that corresponds with the department or area in which they volunteer. Group project volunteers wear clothing they do not mind getting dirty. Closed-toe shoes with a solid grip are recommended for all volunteers. If you are volunteering at Hangar 297, we recommend wearing comfortable, weather appropriate clothing that you will not mind getting dirty.
  • How much of my time is required?
    For individuals, each assignment asks for a monthly commitment of, generally, 10 - 20 hours per month, often with a flexible schedule. If your schedule requires more flexibility, we are happy to discuss opportunities that align with your skillset and availability.
  • How old do I have to be to volunteer?
    We are looking for adults 18 or older. Volunteers 12-18 years old, with chaperones, are encouraged to consider a one-day group, or student project.
  • Do you offer group volunteer opportunities?
    Yes. Volunteering at the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum provides great team-building opportunities. We welcome corporate teams, office groups, schools, military groups, service organizations, alumni groups, associations, families, fraternities/sororities, and faith-based organizations. We can accommodate groups of 5-20 people at a time depending on the needs of the museum at the time your group is available. To schedule a group project, please contact us. For best availability, contact us at least a month in advance. Please allow us at least 48 hours to reply to your message.
  • How do I apply to be a volunteer?
    Submit an online application here on our website. Once received, applications are reviewed to see if the applicant matches a need. If it’s a promising match, the candidate is invited to an Open House where information is given, and introductions are made. Candidates who are cleared and approved are invited to train. In many cases, training is on-the-job. In others, a formal training program of a few days to several weeks is required.
  • What will I do as a FLAM volunteer?
    Volunteers support museum operations in many ways. See our opportunities list for current volunteer opportunities. In general, volunteers are the museum’s frontline staff, while others contribute behind-the-scenes in areas like restoration, exhibits preparation, facilities, and administrative positions.
  • Where are you located?
    While our new museum is under construction, most volunteer operations will take place at our temporary restoration facility - Hangar 297: 8065 Marine Way Irvine CA 92618, located at the Great Park facility.
  • May I volunteer for a single day?
    There are opportunities for single day, one-time or episodic projects. Please join our volunteer database via our website and specify your availability. Once you have joined our database, you will receive email invitations for single day activations or special projects. The volunteer application, located on our website, is generally for individuals who are available for at least 3 consecutive months of regular participation after their training, and whose skills meet the museum’s needs at the time the application is received.
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