Tour Guides! Join the crew of the Battleship IOWA Museum

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Pacific Battleship Center

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Battleship IOWA
This is the real deal! Fascinating history, an engineering marvel, and a great group of people. We have fun - and lots of social activities for our crew.

Due to COVID-19, the Battleship IOWA is currently closed, but we are still interviewing remotely and accepting volunteers in anticipation of reopening once the crisis passes. Particularly in the Tour Department, there is much you can do to prepare for your role as a Tour Guide before we reopen. We encourage you to start the process by completing our online application at: and clicking on Sign Up Today!

Have you got a passion for battleships, naval, or military history? Are you fascinated by all things nautical or by the grace and might of one of the world’s greatest fighting machines designed before digital technology? Do you like to share your passion and interests with others? Battleship IOWA needs folks with excellent communication skills as Tour Guides 7 days a week. Morning and afternoon shifts available. In addition to our General Tour, interested guides have the opportunity to focus on a variety of specialized tours including engineering, gunnery, history, and life at sea.

Learn about the ship’s construction, service history, weapons, navigation, and propulsion systems, as well as life aboard during WWII, The Korean War, and the Cold War. Become part of a diverse and knowledgeable crew. Interviews are arranged by appointment.

Guides must be at least 18. There is no age limit, but you must have stamina and be able to handle ladders (more like stairs, but a bit steeper and with railings) to work along the tour route. Qualified folks with mobility challenges should contact the Volunteer Coordinator about accommodation. Scheduling is flexible, with a minimum requirement of 16 hours per month.


As a Pacific Battleship Center volunteer, you are joining the crew of the Battleship IOWA, one of the fastest growing new museums in Los Angeles. We are a community that is sustained by the drive to preserve and interpret this iconic and unique piece of history for generations to come. You will work with a dedicated and highly motivated group of volunteers from multiple generations including veterans who served aboard the Battleship IOWA. We enjoy a host of social activities including potlucks, field trips, special lectures and behind the scenes tours . Volunteers receive a discount in our ship’s store as well as certain area restaurants and businesses. Our volunteers are also recognized with a variety of awards and ceremonies that celebrate milestones of service and outstanding accomplishments. Come be a part of history today!

Processing and Training:
Prospective volunteers must complete the online application at the link listed below. Prospects may apply and interview for multiple opportunities, but acceptance is determined by each department head.

New volunteers are paired with a Sponsor on their first day and are expected to attend a one day orientation class offered each month. Departmental training is provided through one-on-one mentorship.

To start the process, please complete our online application at: and click on Sign Up Today!

For more information on the museum check out our website at or download our FREE Battleship Iowa App for iPhone and Android from the Play Store or the App Store.

Please be patient as staff hours have been reduced during the COVID-19 crisis. We will respond to your application as soon as we are able.

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About Pacific Battleship Center



Mission Statement

The mission of the Pacific Battleship Center is to celebrate the American spirit through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA, to educate the public on the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots, and to engage our guests in unique and exciting ways that bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.

Vision:Celebrate the American Spirit!


Pacific Battleship Cen ter is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the last of the great battleships and the one to define her class, the Battleship IOWA BB-61. The IOWA is a floating museum on the LA waterfront. Our guests experience the battleship in a variety of ways including tours, special events, concerts, parties and promotions, as well as exciting educational programs. We are open seven days a week.

The Battleship IOWA crew comes from a variety of backgrounds including maritime, military, business, attraction, non-profit, arts, technology, hospitality, construction, and other trades. Through the unique melding of these skills, the crew has become a dynamic and efficient team that works to provide our guests an authentic American experience. We celebrate the American Spirit daily by bringing the Battleship IOWA alive for guests of all ages to enjoy.

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Pacific Battleship Center / Battleship IOWA250 South Harbor Blvd. Berth 87San Pedro, CA 90731



  • Spanish
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • History
  • People Skills
  • Cantonese / Mandarin


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible equivalent of 4 hours per week or 16 hours per month

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