Volunteers are the Backbone of the Museum
The Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer staff presently boasts 100 active, personable, experienced, dedicated individuals from all walks of life, including active duty Air Force personnel. They range in age from the teens to 80+ years young.
Volunteering at the museum offers many rewarding and challenging areas in which diverse talents and expertise may be utilized. The various job descriptions for our volunteers are as follows:
— Receptionist — Tour Guide — Security — Gift Shop — Education — Restoration — Photography — Clerical/Administrative
The volunteers have been presented many individual awards, including the State of Utah Director of Volunteers Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Utah Volunteer of the Year Award, three Air Force Angel Awards, the Utah Governor’s Silver Bowl Award, Volunteer Excellence Award, and Utah Museum Volunteer of the Year Award.
The volunteer staff has also won numerous other awards as a group. Among these are the Air Force Group Angel Award, the Utah Chapter of Valley Forge Outstanding Award, the Utah Governor’s Helping Hands Award, and the national J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, along with a $1,000 grant for the Volunteer Staff. These awards are not given lightly, as they entailed state-wide or nation-wide competition.
This unusual conglomerate of volunteers staff the museum seven days a week, a different team for each day. They work weekends and holidays and give up many hours of their time, often sacrificing their personal plans to accommodate the requirements of the museum. Their extreme dedication goes far beyond the expectations for “normal” volunteers. The visiting public is always giving them accolades for their warmth, friendliness, and hospitality, as well as voicing heartfelt thanks for the many long hours of restoration work performed on our aircraft and other artifacts.
The people who choose to volunteer at Hill Aerospace Museum find it a very rewarding experience. Consequently, our turn-over rate is very low. Many of our people have volunteered for the past ten years or more. Many have logged more than 5,000 hours, while a few have given upwards of 16,000 hours. Collectively, the volunteers at the museum have donated over 300,000 hours and the total is rising all the time. This donated time has saved the American taxpayer an estimated $2,500,000 in operating expenses for the museum.
If you are interested in volunteering at Hill Aerospace Museum, please call our Volunteer Coordinator, Dennis Guse, at (801) 777-5221. Or click on the link below. We’d love to have your help!
Visit With the Volunteers
Periodically, A Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer is featured in a video segment that highlights that volunteer and the volunteer program at the museum. Those videos are found below.
Forrest Jones Video
Volunteer of the Quarter
Each quarter the Hill Aerospace Museum selects a “Volunteer of the Quarter.” Each quarter the current Volunteer of the Quarter will be listed right here on our Web page.
3rd Quarter 2018 Volunteer of the Quarter
Forrest Jones was born in Merced, California in 1942. From there his family moved to Fresno where he was raised and attended school. Forrest worked hard his entire life in jobs ranging from auto parts delivery, tree trimming and landscaping and much more. He was honored to attend the first EMT training class in the Los Angeles, California area. He then moved to Orem, Utah where he was a public safety officer. Jones went through the POST program at Weber State University. Upon retirement, he moved to Ogden, Utah.
Throughout his life, Forrest has had an interest in airplanes. His father flew the C-47 aircraft and also gliders, participating in operation Varsity, flying gliders in to Wesel, Germany. Operation Varsity was a successful airborne forces operation launched by Allied troops that took place toward the end of World War II. Involving more than 16,000 paratroopers and several thousand aircraft, it was the largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day and in one location.
Jones has two sons currently serving in the U.S. Military. One is a Marine and the other is a member of the National Guard. He has a brother that is retired from the Coast Guard. Forrest is grateful for the opportunity to volunteer at the Hill Aerospace Museum. He enjoys working along side Veterans. Forrest claims that he learns more every day working with Museum aircraft. It’s like. “being a kid in a candy store.”
2017 Volunteer of the Year
Bill Love is a member of a true U.S. Air Force family. He is a former Airman, whose father, mother and brother have all worn Air Force blue. He grew up on and around various military installations and spent his early childhood at Edwards AFB, where his lifelong interest in aviation history began. Bill is a retired aircraft painter, a published author/contributor and a graduate of Weber State University. He has been married to the former Terri Barlow for 32 years. They have one daughter, Kelsey, who grew up around the Museum and worked for the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah in various capacities during her college years.
Love has served as a Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer since 1988. He has also been employed by the museum as a staffer, art exhibit curator, collections intern, library intern and archival technician. He has performed restoration and maintenance work on numerous aircraft and artifacts in the Museum collection and is currently managing the restoration of OOALC Flight Test’s famed F-16A “Little Precious.” In addition, he serves as audio visual technician and videographer for the museum’s Plane Talk lecture series.
Bill regards Hill Aerospace Museum as his second home and its staff and volunteer community as his second family. His ultimate goal, aside from hitching a ride in an F-16, is to become the first Museum volunteer to achieve a half century of service.