The RAAF Museum is looking for people with a lot, or even a little, spare time to join our wonderful Volunteers at the RAAF Museum. An understanding of Air Force history is helpful but not essential. Reliability, ability to work as part of a team and enthusiasm are important.
Volunteers are vital to the smooth running of the RAAF Museum and take part in a range of activities including acting as tour guides, assisting visitors, helping in research or with technical projects such as restoration and aircraft cleaning.
Volunteer information sessions are held three times a year in March, July and October. At these sessions, volunteers are given a quick overview into different areas of the RAAF Museum. Following on from that, for those might still be interested in volunteering, there is an induction session held three times a year in April, August and October.
If you would like to offer your time as a Volunteer or to talk over the options available, phone the Volunteer Coordinator on (03) 8348 6341 during business hours or email us at RAAF.MuseumInfo [at] defence.gov.au (subject: Volunteer%20enquiry) with the word "volunteer" in the subject line.
The Friends of the RAAF Museum are a vital ingredient in the future development of the Museum, whether as Active or Financial members.
There are many benefits to becoming a Friend of the RAAF Museum, including:
- a quarterly publication, Aerogram, updates Friends on all Museum news
- a free Museum calendar each year
- free admission to Museum air displays
- 15% discount in the Museum Shop.
You will also have the satisfaction of being an important part of one of Melbourne's most popular visitor attractions that is home to one of the best collections of historical aircraft in the world.
Visit the official Friends of the RAAF Museum website
Friends of the RAAF Museum provide a major part of the public face of the RAAF Museum as volunteer Host Officers. Host Officers work in the main display area and act as tour guides for group bookings. Host Officers also assist Museum visitors by answering questions, pointing out details of exhibits and directing visitors throughout the Museum and the RAAF Base.
We also rely on the Friends behind the scenes. For many of our aircraft restoration projects, and a great deal of research, volunteers provide much-needed assistance in getting the job done. Volunteers greatly reduce the time taken on projects by the donation of their time, and are also invaluable when the time comes for major activities, such as flying displays.
Volunteers at the RAAF Museum also participate in Training Days, where qualified Museum staff and special guests provide information to assist volunteers with their duties at the Museum. These range across topics as diverse as aircraft handling, first aid and curatorial practices.
We understand that not everyone who is interested in the RAAF Museum is able to spend time at the Museum, whether due to distance or a busy schedule.
Because of this, the Friends of the RAAF Museum also have Supporting Members, who contribute an annual fee that helps fund the activities of the Museum in all areas, from stores and aircraft acquisitions to restoration projects.
Want to know more?
If you would like to know more about becoming involved in the RAAF Museum as a Financial or Supporting Member, email us at RAAF.MuseumInfo [at] defence.gov.au or phone the Volunteer Coordinator (03) 8348 6341 to request a copy of the Friends of the RAAF Museum brochure.