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Restoration / Ops Crew! Battleship IOWA Museum

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ORGANIZATION: Pacific Battleship Center

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 34 people are interested

Join the Crew!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Battleship IOWA is taking multiple precautions to remain operational in compliance with all City, County, and State mandates. Please contact our Volunteer Services Manager, Sue Schmidt for more information: volunteer@labattleship.com or messages only at: (877) 446-9261 x 5.
This crew is currently accepting volunteers for Wednesday - Sat work days.

The Ship Operations crew of the Battleship IOWA is a fun and hearty lot. Yes, the work can be demanding, but it's satisfying too. The Ops crew is responsible for all hands-on restoration and maintenance of the ship. From less skilled, but enthusiastic laborers to highly skilled tradespeople and everything in between, we need help 3 days a week, Thursday through Saturday.

The most important attribute we look for is a can-do, positive attitude and willingness to do whatever is needed as part of the team.

Candidates must be able to work for long periods on their feet, lift potentially heavy loads, follow directions, and adhere to all safety protocols as established by the Ops Manager.

Here's a partial list of some of the skills we're seeking:

  • Carpentry skills - experience with wood decking, caulking
  • General mechanical skills for day to day operational tasks
  • Painting
  • Metal fabricators capable of designing various metal parts, brackets, etc. Welding experience a plus
  • General metal prep including needle gun and grinder experience
  • Plumbing experience including brazing copper-nickel
  • HVAC
  • Electricians with ship experience
  • Flooring
  • Demolition
  • Strong personnel capable of heavy lifting, climbing, and pulling mooring lines
  • Cleaning

You must be at least 18, have good stamina and be able to handle steep stairs/ladders. Scheduling is flexible, with a minimum requirement of 16 hours per month.


As a PBC 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.

Our crew members enjoy a host of social activities including potlucks, field trips, special lectures and behind the scenes tours of areas of the ship that are not open to the general public. Volunteers receive a discount in our ship’s store and in some area restaurants and businesses. Our volunteers are also recognized with a variety of awards and ceremonies that celebrate milestones of service and outstanding accomplishments. (Some of these activities are currently on hold due to the pandemic.)

If you take the leap and join our crew, you are guaranteed to meet amazing people, have fun, and enjoy the satisfaction of being part of something important, something bigger than the sum of its parts. We strive for excellence in restoration, interpretation, education, and running this organization as a viable non-profit business that’s in it for the long haul. 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. Training will be provided in Salesforce data entry.

To start the process, please complete our online application at: www.pacificbattleship.com/volunteer and click on Sign Up Today!

For more information on the museum check out our website at http://www.pacificbattleship.com or download our Battleship Iowa App for iPhone and Android from the Play Store or the App Store.

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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



  • Welding
  • Renovation
  • Construction
  • Facilities Management
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical


  • Group


  • Orientation or Training
  • Minimum 16 hours / month - flexible scheduling

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