San Diego Automotive Museum


San Diego Automotive Museum Volunteer Program

The staff of the San Diego Automotive Museum is a very harmonious team with a highly positive attitude made up of a small core of paid employees and a large pool of wonderful volunteers like you.

We are looking for more such people to assist the museum in promoting and sustaining this great environment, and we encourage your participation. The opportunities outlined below have varied requirements but they all focus on entertaining, educating, and meeting the needs of our guests.

Candidates must have a healthy team spirit, be at least 18 years of age, and be willing to participate with a regular commitment. All volunteers must complete 20 hours as a docent before cross training in other departments except for Gala Volunteers.

Gala Volunteer

Volunteers will assist with various aspects of the yearly gala event. This assistance ranges from non-physical to physical labor including set-up and take-down, check-in and checkout, as well as general guest assistance.


A docent is a volunteer who works on the floor of the museum and interacts with the public. Our docents are the front line of museum operations. They greet visitors, make them feel welcome, and are always available to answer questions about the museum and the objects on display.

Tour Docent

Tour docents receive additional training in the art of handling larger groups. To provide a more meaningful experience for the group, tour docents also spend time in San Diego Automotive Museum classes relating to the social and technological past, present, and future of the automobile.


The detailers get up close and personal with the vehicles and exhibits on the museum floor. After undergoing specific training in the area of vehicle detailing they keep what the public comes to see beautiful.


The San Diego Automotive Museum has a 2,300 square foot research library. The library is comprised of an outstanding collection of books, repair manuals, magazines, photographs, videos, brochures, and vehicle press release packages. Because it is a research library, materials must not leave the library at any time.

Staff Assistance

Depending upon your background and level of interest there are a number of areas within the museum where volunteers like you can assist with the administration with specific tasks.


The museum maintains a full restoration center in National City and currently is in operation Wednesdays from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Volunteers at this facility work under the direction of the Restoration Shop Manager and the Restoration Shop Office Manager, both volunteers. Our restoration shop volunteers have a varied level of experience, from expert mechanic to those with little or no experience aside from a true willingness to learn and apply labor to a project.

Outside Promotion Volunteer

The museum is working to expand the awareness of its existence in the community. Volunteers can play a big part in this process through their participation at outside events like auto shows, clubs, cruises, and parades. Volunteers are a great help in “selling” the museum, arranging for donations of vehicles and artifacts, and recruiting new volunteers. Outside events are often coordinated through the museum staff.

How to Apply

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, click here to fill out an application online, email (if form doesn't work with your browser), click here to download a pdf, or call 619-398-0303 to request an application.