Volunteer at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum

Experience the fun behind the scenes - volunteer at ESAM!

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.


Docent Program
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.


  • Are engaging communicators
  • Are willing to learn about the Museum's exhibits and collections
  • Enjoy working with the Museum's school groups
  • Help children get excited about exploring
  • Are organized, flexible, problem-solvers
  • Are available to monitor exhibits, assist visitors, and answer general questions

    Reception/Clerical Support
    Reception/Clerical volunteers support our administrative staff inthe behind-the-scenes work that keeps the Museum running smoothly.

    Common duties include:

  • Sorting mail and filing
  • Assisting with bulk-mailings
  • Answering calls on multi-line telephones
  • Data input
  • Other office tasks, such as faxing, copying, and collating

  • Educators
    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.


  • Facilitate rocket classes in conjunction with tours or other groups
  • Deliver STEM-based programming, on or off-site
  • Participate in and assist with Museum events
  • May serve as a guest presenter for local organizations on ESAM's behalf
  • May assist with curriculum development

  • Restoration
    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.

    Restoration volunteers:

  • Must be 18 or older
  • Should have some experience working with tools and an eye for detail
  • Should be willing and able to work under supervision and with others
  • Painting experience highly desirable, but not necessary
  • Should have some basic mechanical skill level, but not necessary
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following is helpful: carpentry, electrical work, painting, metal working
  • General labor needed

  • Exhibits
    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.

    Exhibit staff:

  • Bring creativity and innovation to new exhibit design
  • Interface effectively with other Museum departments to incorporaterecently restored pieces and educational themes into exhibits
  • Build, restore, and rotate exhibits to maintain a fresh and stimulating collection
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following is helpful: carpentry, electrical work, painters, metal workers, diorama construction, modeling.
  • General labor skills helpful

  • Research Center
    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:

  • Assist authors, educators, and other seekers in locating and using information.
  • Participate in the curating of newly acquired documents
  • Interface with other Museum departments to integrate applicable
  • Research Center materials into exhibits, educational curricula and events

  • 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.


  • Work with others to acquire articles and items
  • Should have basic computing skills, but not necessary
  • Should have vision for the Museum's future to facilitate acquisitions
  • Should have methodical aptitude Should be part of other groups to know what is needed

    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.


  • Assist with planning and execution of on and off site events
  • Work with other museum groups to ensure a fully coordinated presence at local events
  • Participate and engage the help of others in conducting the event
  • Actively seek out places and events where the Museum would benefit from being present
  • Distribute pamphlets, posters and other media to promote events
  • Be creative in developing and implementing fund raising events
  • Be involved in setting-up and taking down event material

    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!


  • Should have some skills in basic repairs, carpentry, etc.
  • Should be willing to work odd hours (rarely necessary)
  • Should work well with others
  • Should have a self-initiative attitude
  • Should have some skills in operating machinery and vehicles

  • 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...



    Contact Us

    250 Rudy Chase Drive
    Glenville, New York 12302
    Telephone: (518) 377-2191 Ext. 10
    Fax: (518) 377-1959
    Office Hours: 9 AM - 2 PM

    Administrative Assistant:
    Pat Barrot
    [email protected]

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