Titan Missile Museum

Volunteers

Volunteering at the Titan Missile Museum

Are you interested in the Titan Missile Museum and its mission of preserving and interpreting an important aspect of US history? Do you enjoy meeting and talking to people from around the world? If the answer to these questions is yes, we want you to know that the museum is always accepting new volunteers.

The museum depends on having a strong volunteer corps and we welcome year-round and winter residents alike. Prior military and/or Titan II experience is not necessary. We provide outstanding training and you progress at your own pace. Titan volunteers assist the museum as Docents (tour guides), Greeters, Briefers, and Educators. See the many opportunities available to you below.

Docent Job Duties and Requirements:

  • Gives a 45-minute guided tour of the underground missile site to up to 25 people at a time, as many as 4 times in a shift.
  • Must be able to speak clearly.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend 55 stair steps as many as 4 times a shift.
  • Requires walking and standing for 45 minutes at a time.

Greeter Job Duties and Requirements:

  • Works at the museum Admissions Desk with paid staff.
  • Greets visitors as they enter the museum, explains tour pricing and scheduling, gives brief description of how the guided tour works, tracks the number of people on each tour, and answers the phone as necessary.
  • Must be able to speak clearly.
  • Requires standing for 20 minutes at a time.

Briefer Job Duties and Requirements:

  • In a 5-minute presentation, introduces the museum's visitors to the tour experience and explains safety precautions and rules that must be followed while on the tour. Briefers hand out hard hats to people who must wear them on the tour, and collect and sanitize them at the end of each tour.
  • Must be able to speak clearly.
  • Requires standing for up to 10 minutes at a time.
  • Requires some bending and light lifting.

Educator Job Duties and Requirements:

  • Using a specific set of demonstrations devised by the museum in a classroom setting, demonstrates some of the basic principles of rocket flight to students in the 5th-12th grade who visit the museum. You may also represent the museum at education outreach events a few times a year. (See the Museum's Facebook page for videos of two of the demonstrations).
  • Presentations last about 30 minutes. Typically, two presentations will be made during your shift.
  • Prior experience as a teacher is not necessary, but you must be able to work with children.
  • Requires standing for up to 30 minutes at a time.

General Requirements and Costs to Potential/New Volunteers:

  • All positions have extensive contact with the public. Therefore, all potential volunteers must submit to a limited criminal background check.
  • Potential volunteers must attend Volunteer Orientation at the Pima Air & Space Museum.
  • New volunteers must take a number of familiarization tours at the Pima Air & Space Museum and the Titan Missile Museum.
  • Volunteers must be able to commit to one 5-hour shift per week.
  • There is a $5 membership fee to belong to the Arizona Aerospace Foundation (dba the Titan Missile Museum and the Pima Air & Space Museum).
  • There is a $10 training fee to cover costs of some of the training materials (other materials are free).
  • Volunteers must purchase a museum shirt to wear on their shifts. We sell the shirts to volunteers at the museum's cost. Depending on the type of shirt selected, this cost is typically around $15.

Benefits of Volunteering at the Titan Missile Museum:

  • Meet people from around the world.
  • Contribute to the stewardship of a national historic landmark.
  • Unlimited admission to the Titan Missile Museum and the Pima Air & Space Museum (for the volunteer. Free admission for close family members is also available by prior arrangement.)
  • Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner that is free for the volunteer and a date.
  • Giving back to your community.

If you'd like to volunteer at the Titan Missile Museum or need more information, please email Museum Director Yvonne Morris at ymorris@titanmissilemuseum.org

I LOVE the Titan Missile Museum. It is a wealth of information and a part of living history. This place is great for anyone who loves aviation, computer programming, Cold War history, or just wants to hear a great story told by someone who actually ran and operated a working missile silo in the 1960's." — Veneranda A., Tucson, AZ