Share the adventure of The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration! People of all interests, experience, and skills can find enjoyment as an EAA AirVenture Oshkosh volunteer.
From the flightline to admissions, many opportunities are available for you to become a part of EAA's heart and soul as an AirVenture Oshkosh volunteer.
Volunteering as a family? All youth under the age 18 need written parental consent to participate in volunteer activities. All youth under the age 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You can find the consent form here.
If you have any general questions regarding volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a college-aged individual? Check out our Collegiate Volunteer Program.
Not sure where you want to volunteer? EAA’s Volunteer Center is the perfect place for you to start! The Volunteer Center is the place to look for volunteer opportunities during AirVenture Oshkosh. All you need to do is stop by and they will help match you with the perfect opportunity. The Volunteer Center is a small building in Camp Scholler located on Schaick Ave across from the parking lot of the red barn camp store.
The Volunteer Center opens mid-July and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Maintenance Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks and projects to prep the grounds for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016. Over the years, projects have varied greatly and have included painting, building construction and remodeling, grass cutting, fence removal, material staging, cleaning, tree planning and gardening, and more! All skill sets are welcomed.
Hours and days are flexible – weekdays or weekends!
Please contact Theresa Meixensperger at email@example.com if interested in volunteering with maintenance.
Crafts: The volunteers for the craft tent will assist in the sales of the craft kits, signing up participants for the different craft classes and cleaning the children's table as needed. It is not necessary to know any of the crafts that are being taught. This is usually a very busy tent and it is interesting to see what the attendees can create either in a class or on their own.
Hospitality Pavilion: The volunteers for the Hospitality Pavilion will assist in greeting our attendees as they enter and offer them refreshments. It is a great way to meet people from all parts of the United States and several foreign countries.
Flying Cinema: Volunteers are needed to start movies at the appropriate time and make sure that are running correctly. Knowledge of VCR and DVD machines is helpful.
Please contact Sandy Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in volunteering with the Activities Center
Admissions – Main Gate North
Have fun and greet Airventure attendees from around the world, while using a simple computer system to sell admissions and memberships. Must enjoy working with people and be comfortable with basic cash handling.
Training is needed and will be provided.
Please contact email@example.com if interested in volunteering with Admissions – Main Gate North.
Camp Registration Ramp
The ramp volunteer’s role is to be the first point of contact to welcome EAA members who are driving in to stay in Camp Scholler. Responsibilities include directing Camp Scholler ramp traffic into safe and efficient lines, working with team members to expedite wait times by keeping traffic flow organized, and assisting the Camper Registration staff in ensuring a welcoming and exciting experience for our members.
Ramp volunteers work in four-hour shifts, which are scheduled between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. beginning the Wednesday before AirVenture and ending the Friday of AirVenture. Volunteers may sign up for as many or as few shifts as desired.
Must be at least 16 years old. Must be available during the week of AirVenture. Must be able to stand for long periods of time and tolerate weather.
Please contact Liesl Wrolstad at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in volunteering with Camper Registration Ramp.
Join the Carts Program as a dispatcher. This position assists with directing fellow cart volunteers to areas where someone is in need of a lift.
For this position it is helpful to be comfortable with radios and data entry but it is not required.
Shifts are four hours each between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. starting Saturday, July 23, through Sunday, July 31.
Please contact Susan Condrey at email@example.com if interested in volunteering with the carts program.
Come join the Departure Briefing crew. It's time well spent on the flightline and any pilot or aviation enthusiast would enjoy helping out. Pilots departing AirVenture are expected to have downloaded or received the EAA AirVenture NOTAM which is required reading for any pilot's pre-flight preparation. As briefers, we explain the ground departure procedures while we reinforce the importance of knowing the departure part of the NOTAM. There are nine locations where departure briefings are given and we also have several “roaming” briefers on scooters and utility vehicles.
Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Please contact Elton Eisele at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in volunteering with Departure Briefing.
Volunteers are needed to operate the 1903 Wright Flyer simulator at Air Venture National Park in the Federal Pavilion. Volunteers will assist National Park Service rangers in operating the simulator, assisting visitors in getting into and out of the simulator, explaining the simulator controls, while having fun at the same time.
Simulator training will be provided by Park Service staff. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.
Volunteers are needed to assist the building manager in operating the audiovisual equipment in the Federal Pavilion forum area. Tasks include assisting presenters in connecting their laptops to the projection system, adjusting sound system volume levels, and ensuring the rear screen projection is centered.
Morning and afternoon slots are available and training will be provided.
The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to help with "NPS On the Air." This is a ham radio program in the Federal Pavilion, sponsored by the Park Service as part of AirVenture National Park. Volunteers will assist Park Service Rangers with operating the station, maintaining contact logs, etc.
Morning and afternoon shifts are available. Ham radio experience is a plus but not required. Training will be provided by Park Service staff.
Please contact Cliff Chetwin at 505-466-1287 or Kestrelair1@gmail.com if interested in volunteering for Federal Pavilion.
Gathering of Eagles
This event is a dinner, entertainment, and auction event in the EAA AirVenture Museum Eagle Hangar during AirVenture on Thursday, July 28. This event helps support the youth education and other programs at EAA. EAA is looking for volunteers for this event. The roles and further information are below.
Bidding Associate: Provide a high level of customer service to guests helping place bids in the bidding software, a tablet, and being able to answer general questions regarding the event and the venue will be important as an ambassador of EAA. Training will be provided.
Volunteers needed from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.
- Qualifications: Must be 18 or older, can communicate effectively, and have the ability to work in a high pressure environment. Looking for someone with customer service experience, but is not required.
Table Host: Provide customer service to guests within the table section you are serving. Fulfilling drink requests and being able to answer general questions regarding the event and the venue will be important as an ambassador of EAA. Training will be provided.
Volunteers needed from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28.
- Qualifications: Must be 21 or older, can communicate effectively, and have the ability to work in a high pressure environment. Looking for someone with experience with serving and customer service experience, but is not required.
Training will be provided and required. Training will be prior to AirVenture and one during the week of AirVenture. Date, time, and location will be provided at a later time
Please contact Katie Meyer at email@example.com if interested in volunteering with The Gathering.
Traffic: Assist in directing aircraft off the runways, towards departure areas, and will sort/direct aircraft to the proper locations along the active taxiways.
Parking: Volunteers who work the parking areas direct general aviation aircraft into parking and camping spots. You will often work as part of a crew and will have the chance to speak with the arriving pilots.
Must be 18 years of age. No experience necessary, training is provided. This is usually a fast-paced environment, so being able to stand/walk for several hours at a time is necessary.
Available shifts are:
Pre-air show days (Fri 7/22/16 through Sun 7/24/16):
- First: 6:40 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
- Second: 9:30 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
- Third: 12:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
- Fourth: 4:05 p.m. - 8:05 p.m.
Air show days (Mon 7/25/16 through Sun 7/31/16)
- First: 6:40 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
- Second: 9:30 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
- Third: 12:20 p.m. – air show
- Fourth: 5:40 p.m. - 8:05 p.m.
Please contact Carol Garceau at EAAFLO_VOL@yahoo.com if interested in volunteering with North 40 Flightline Ops.
Sweepstakes Data Entry
EAA’s Sweepstakes is looking for volunteers to assist with data entry during the week of AirVenture Oshkosh.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, through Sunday, July 31.
Please contact Robin Kasel at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in volunteering with Sweepstakes data entry.
Drivers: Volunteers are needed to drive the trams on specific routes around the site.
Experience driving tractors or similar equipment may be helpful for tram drivers but is not required. Must have a current driver’s license and be 21 years old.
Conductors: Volunteers are needed to ride on the back of the trams to give directions and provide general event information to passengers.
Safety Volunteers: Assisting with directing guests at different tram stops.
Available shifts are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Please contact Gene Zorn at email@example.com if interested in volunteering with trams.
Young Eagles Raffle
The Young Eagles Raffle is looking for volunteers to help! Volunteers will be responsible for explaining the raffle and rules and handling cash and credit cards at one of their four locations.
Volunteers must be 18 years of age. Training will be provided.
Shifts are four hours each.
Please contact Jon Maxwell at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in volunteering with the Young Eagles Raffle.