The USS Hornet Museum invites you to join the crew!

Become part of the ongoing history and legacy of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, an American icon of World War II, the Vietnam War, and the Apollo 11 & Apollo 12 recovery missions. Help preserve the USS Hornet Museum, a national treasure, for future generations by joining our volunteer staff. We need dedicated individuals willing to share their time, skills, experience, labor, and/or knowledge to maintain this fine ship.

Please note that some areas and certain volunteer positions require extensive walking, climbing ladders, and maneuvering narrow passageways.

More Information

For more information and to make reservations contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

(510) 521-8448 ext. 243
Email: Volunteers@uss-hornet.org

Volunteer Service

The USS Hornet Museum depends upon the service of its volunteers for success.

Our volunteers become shipmates who willingly and actively participate in the staffing and maintenance of this historic aircraft carrier. To remain “active,” volunteers are expected to serve a minimum of 18 volunteer hours per month.

Volunteer Opportunity Areas

  • Docents (Tour Guides)
  • Safety & Security Division
  • Ship Restoration
  • Hornet Community Events (requires traveling to outside events)
  • Aircraft Restoration
  • Education (Instructors & more)
  • Museum Department
  • Communications (Radio Club)

New Volunteer Orientation (NVO)

Who May Apply
  • Open to ages 18 and older
  • Must be physically able to respond to emergency situations
  • All applicants must pass a background check in order to serve as a Volunteer
  • Usually held the first Saturday of each month from 9:30–11:30am. Please see our Calendar to confirm a date.
  • Must sign up in advance for NVO sessions
  • Private NVO are by advance appointment only
  • Application available at the Security Desk