Employment Opportunities

Volunteer Coordinator

The USS Hornet Sea, Air, & Space Museum is enjoying tremendous growth and the role of the Volunteer Coordinator in recruiting is key in meeting the demands of increased attendance. We seek a highly motivated, self-starter to facilitate the recruiting, training, and tracking of volunteers, and oversee coordination of volunteers during various activities and events both onboard and in the community.


  • Recruit volunteers for the Museum’s many divisions, including Docents, Security, Education, Air Group, Ship Restoration, collections, and exhibits
  • Develop partnerships with outside organizations and establish a corporate volunteer initiative
  • Attend volunteer recruitment events. May require some nights and weekends
  • Conduct New Volunteer Orientation (NVO) on-boarding, and perform associated administrative duties
  • Pair new volunteers with appropriate division for further vetting and acceptance
  • Develop a rolling schedule and budget for renewing volunteer background checks
  • Administer the ship’s Volunteer Awards Program, with quarterly/annual award given to a deserving member selected by the division itself, as well as implement the Presidential Service Award program. Track and send volunteer anniversary cards
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers for major internal events. Requires some nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Develop, budget, and execute volunteer recognition/appreciation events
  • Enthusiastically communicate the mission of the Museum through attendance and presentations at volunteer recruitment fairs

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General Maintenance Engineer

Duties and Responsibilities:

Directly responsible for the performance of the following duties as directed by the Chief Engineer and/or the Facilities/Engineering Manager:

  • Upkeep and maintenance of museum spaces particularly public access routes, ship’s sanitary facilities; messing and berthing spaces, staff and volunteer work spaces.
  • Perform routine and scheduled preservation work of the ship’s hull, museum exhibit spaces, messing and berthing and public tour routes.
  • Perform scheduled maintenance and emergent repairs to the ship’s sanitary facilities, hull structure and foundations, and designated auxiliary equipment. Perform duties related to the ship’s buoyancy, list and trim including scheduled and unscheduled tank soundings, tank filling to correct list and trim and routine inspection of tanks and voids.
  • Operate the following weight bearing and handling equipment: forklift, scissor lift, and man lift. Additionally operate the following equipment: aft bomb elevator, B & A Crane.
  • Assist Events Department, Education Department and Live Aboard Department in setup, on load/offload, clean-up of scheduled private and public events, and fundraising events.


  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Must be certified with the following: asbestos and lead worker certification, forklift, scissor lift and man lift certification.
  • Minimum 4-5 years of direct manual labor required.
  • Experience working with Senior-Level Executives; proven leadership capabilities.
  • Excellent verbal & written communications skills.
  • Strong partnership-building skills.
  • Must have a high level of organization, attention to detail, and ability to plan and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to solve problems in an ever-changing environment; high degree of flexibility and adaptability.
  • Must have an open, positive attitude and enjoy working in a highly collaborative, team-oriented environment where a diversity of opinion is valued and encouraged.
  • Adherence to the Hornet’s strategic goals and core values a must.
  • Must be able to deal effectively, politely, and interact productively with all types of people from all types of backgrounds and experience and in all types of difficult situations.

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Executive Assistant

Position Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Executive Director, this position serves part-time on a daily basis as the assistant to the Executive Director performing the following functions:

  • Utilizing excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Acting as liaison between the Executive Director with staff and volunteers.
  • Maintaining/coordinating the Executive Director’s calendar, travel, reimbursements, presentations and reporting deadlines.
  • Aid in coordination of key annual or special events such as the 4th of July celebration.
  • Expertise in engaging with donors, trustees, visitors in person and by phone.
  • Interface with multiple departments to gather appropriate information and data to complete projects.
  • Maintain organizational memberships, and is responsible for knowing and tracking what organization we currently belong to and when it is time to renew any memberships.


  • At least 2-4 years of experience as an executive assistant.
  • Team player with strong attention to detail.
  • A self-starter and multi-tasker who regularly demonstrates initiative with minimal direction.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as being a quick and efficient typist.
  • Must be proficient with advanced skills in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), along with the ability to learn specialized programs when needed.
  • Must have comfort level working in a museum environment, with daily interaction with the public and volunteers, aboard an historic WWII aircraft carrier. This includes ability to work on a national historic landmark that is not ADA-compliant thus the physical environment of the workspace is a steel ship with ladders, tight passageways, low ceilings and areas exposed to the natural elements.

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Visitor Services/Sales Associates

The USS Hornet Museum is seeking part-time, on-call basis Visitor Services/Sales Associates to work in our Admissions Department, Ship Store and operate our simulator rides.

We are looking for a few good people who enjoy working with the general public greeting and interacting with our visitors that can provide excellent customer service, and work in our retail operations of the Ship Store.

You must be a team player, with a “can do” attitude, able to work weekends,
some evenings and during patriotic holidays.

If you are interested in working aboard the USS Hornet Museum,
send your resume to

No phone calls please.

Part-Time STEM Educational Instructors

Are you a Retired Teacher? The USS Hornet Sea, Air, & Space Museum’s Education Department is seeking part-time instructors to teach our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs. The STEM to Stern program serves local schools and is a field trip designed for visiting grades k-12.


  • Teaching background, experience working with children
  • Strong mathematics or science background with knowledge of physics preferred
  • Available for either/both week day and weekend instruction
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Prior experience with museums a plus, but not required
  • Position perfect for retired teachers with flexible hours

Position Responsibilities:

STEM Educational Instructors have opportunities to teach the STEM to Stern programs both onboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air, & Space Museum to visiting student field trips, and off-site in classrooms at local schools. *Please note, these classes do not have a set regular schedule. They are scheduled by reservation during regular business hours. A flexible schedule is a must.

To learn about the USS Hornet’s historic role in naval aviation and the Apollo 11 & 12 lunar landing missions, visit For questions and resume submissions, please contact:

Volunteer Positions Available

Contact: Volunteers at (510) 521-8448 x 243 or Email:

Development Intern

Are you interested is museum development? This position will serve a crucial role in membership, mailings and be part of the Development team.


  • Bachelor’s degree with preferred emphasis in communications, English, marketing, advertising or related field.
  • At least 2-5 years of experience in customer service or development.
  • Must have a high level of organization and attention to detail, experience in event management, schedule coordination and ability to plan and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent communication skills: listening, verbal and written
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet) and ability to learn new programs when needed.
  • Must be able to deal effectively, politely, and interact productively with all types of people.
  • Must have comfort level in a museum environment, aboard an historic WWII era aircraft carrier (specifically, the physical environment of a steel ship with ladders, tight passageways and many areas exposed to the natural elements.

Position Responsibilities:

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Donation processing in RetailPro
  • Donation data entry in the Past Perfect (or Salesforce)
  • Donation acknowledgment letters
  • Answering donor phone and email queries
  • Producing Reports
  • Assisting with Development event.
  • Weekly Calendar of events update


  • Membership transactions, processing
  • Membership data entry in Past Perfect
  • Membership fulfillment
  • Assisting with Membership events


This is a non-paid position. Stipend available.


Please submit cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to

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Tourism Liaison Officer

This position is the USS Hornet’s representative to tourism, visitors from the San Francisco area. The San Francisco Bay Area is the second largest tourist destination in the US. We need to have strong relationships with the tourism industry in the city. This position will be pivotal in increasing visitors, membership and revenue to the museum. The position will entail the following:

  • Meet with Hotel concierges across the area including San Francisco, Marin and Peninsula. Promote the new Water Shuttle service.
  • Meet with tourism officials and tour services.
  • Attend tourism industry events and mixers and represent the USS Hornet
  • Staff the Pier in San Francisco’s Embarcadero where the Water Shuttle will dock. Set up sign and brochures. Set regular hours and times.
  • Speak with tourists, answer questions and engage the public.
  • In coordination with staff on the Hornet speak to tourism websites.
  • Wear USS Hornet shirt, jacket and other gear to represent.
  • Restock our materials in hotels across the area.
  • Attend conventions when appropriate


  • Knowledgeable about the USS Hornet Museum
  • Strong communication skills, ability to communicate under pressure.
  • Multilingual if possible
  • Punctual
  • Good networking and record keeping skills.
  • Good phone skills and Customer relations skills


This is a volunteer position

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