The British Columbia Aviation Museum (BCAM) is 100% run by volunteers. The Museum has over 600 members, and more than 90 volunteers.
Volunteers perform all the essential roles for the day to day operation and management of the museum. Year round activities include accounting, advertising and marketing, eBay sales, fundraising, maintenance of buildings and grounds, gift shop sales, website management, publishing the Norseman News, and constructing and upgrading exhibits and displays. We have a team of volunteers who run the library, and another team who provide guided tours for visitors. And we even have a team of volunteers who clean the facility and take out the garbage!
Another vital role for volunteers is that of aircraft restoration. One visit to our hangars is enough to reveal the years of dedication and hard work that have been devoted to historic aircraft that have been restored to their former glory. We are always looking for people with restoration skills such as electronics, engine maintenance, sheet metal, hydraulics, welding and woodwork. We are happy to train individuals who do not have these skills.
Finally, BCAM has special events throughout the year that require large numbers of volunteers. The events include our Annual Open House, Career Day, Kid Fest and our Parking Lot Sale. At a typical Open House, 85 volunteers are on hand to help out in a variety of roles.
The British Columbia Aviation Museum is run by an elected Board of Directors that is focused on effective operations and the long term success of the Museum.
The British Columbia Aviation Museum provides education and enjoyment for the public and would not exist without the dedicated efforts of all its volunteers.
Please consider joining the Museum and participating as a BCAM volunteer.
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Education Program Development and Delivery
For some time the British Columbia Aviation Museum has wanted to offer education programs through the Museum. Such programs contribute strongly to our mandate by supporting participation in the aviation community and aviation knowledge in the general population. Education programs are also an important element in building support for grant applications. David Fisher, with the participation of other volunteers, has developed the outline of a program that is both within our capabilities to deliver and attractive to the education community.
In order to develop this program further, we now need your help. The attached questionnaire describes the components of the proposed program and invites you to take part in their design and/or delivery. Please take some time to review it and consider how you could help with this project; it is critical for the continuing success of the museum.
Cashier Volunteers Needed
Join our Cashier Team and enjoy a collegial and engaging volunteer opportunity.
Cashiers provide the “welcoming face of the Museum” that is so important to providing our visitors with a positive experience during their time with us.
We need both women and men in this important role.
Training and coaching support is provided. You would be part of a team, not on your own.
Half day or full day “shifts” can be arranged. Winter hours are 11 am to 3 pm, and summer hours 10 am to 4 pm.
There will also be opportunities to fill in for others and participate during special events.
• Greet visitors when they arrive at the Museum.
• Explain and collect applicable admission fees.
• Handle gift shop sales.
• Handle opening and closing of the till at beginning and end of the business day.
• Answer Museum telephone and/or take messages from the answering system.
• Capture information regarding tour and facility booking requests.
• Aviation knowledge is not a necessity.