Due to COVID-19, all volunteer programs have been temporarily suspended. 

But don't let that dissuade you from applying! We will be in touch with you when we bring our volunteer programs back on line.

Volunteers carry the heart of the Museum's mission. Join the Volunteer Corps!

Years ago, Jimmy Doolittle, leader of the renowned Doolittle Raiders, said, “The heart of a volunteer is the strongest of all.” The Museum's volunteers are crucial to presenting and preserving the stories of WWII in the Pacific and on the home front. Volunteers greet visitors, present programs, bring battle scenes to life, educate school children, work behind-the-scenes in our gardens, administrative offices, and so much more. When we return to normal operations, Museum will offer myriad opportunities to continuously develop volunteers' understanding of the war and its stories, and to make an impact every day.


Docents are trained volunteers who interpret artifacts and Museum resources for special and general audiences. As Museum educators, docents are our tour guides and cart presenters working to help instill a sense of value and empathy for the stories we tell.

Gallery Attendant/Welcome Desk Volunteer

Visitor Services volunteers are, literally, our front line. As a Gallery Attendant, you will orient visitors to the museum campus, programs, and ticket options before they get to the admissions desks. In addition, you will help visitors find their way to specific features in the galleries and answer general questions about the WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Volunteer applicants must be at least 16 years old, with parental permission and waivers signed.

In addition to initial volunteer training, each gallery attendant will compliment his or her training with a 12-hour mentorship with an experienced gallery attendant.

Administrative Volunteers

Administrative volunteers support a variety of behind-the-scenes projects and programs. In general, we seek applicants with excellent communication and organizational skills. If you are detail-oriented and comfortable working independently and with minimum supervision, are able to adapt to shifting priorities, and are confident in Microsoft Office programs, including Outlook, Word and Excel, this might be for you!

Behind-the-Scenes Volunteers

Some volunteers enjoy working on quiet pursuits, whether it be in the Memorial Courtyard placing bricks and plaques, in the Japanese Garden of Peace using traditional Japanese garden techniques (we'll train you), or for as-needed projects in maintenance. 

New Volunteer Orientation: New volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation. For more information or to RSVP for an Orientation Session, please contact the Director of Visitor Services at 830-997-8600 Ext 223 or by email, kstevenson@nimitzfoundation.org.

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volunteer of the year

Lloyd Jolly has logged more than 1,200 hours of service since he started volunteering at the museum.

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