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Restoration Shop Manager

January 5, 2023

Restoration Shop Manager (Full-Time, with benefits starting at $60,000)


The Restoration Shop Manager reports to the Director of Exhibits, Restoration & Curatorial Services (Director of ERCSI). The Restoration Shop Manager performs and supervises restoration of aircraft new to the Museum’s aircraft collection. The Restoration Shop Manager performs the high-level maintenance and physical care of the Museum’s aircraft collection. The Restoration Shop Manager supervises the Restoration Shop staff and the skilled Restoration Shop volunteer group who are dedicated to the structural and cosmetic restoration, refurbishment and display maintenance of all Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum aircraft and other large artifacts.


• Supervise and assist in the maintenance of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum’s aircraft collection, including but not limited to aircraft structural repair, corrosion control (painting, chemical treating, grinding, sanding), parts fabrication,, maintaining/repairing aircraft fabric coverings (wing/fuselage coverings), tire and wheel replacement and repair, loading, and unloading of aircraft from trucks, assembly and disassembly of aircraft, aircraft towing and parking, general cleaning, and maintenance of aircraft on display both indoors and outdoors.
• Accountable for the equipment and tool areas, including shop floor and secure tool rooms.
• Develop and maintain the work schedule for the Restoration Shop.
• Attend weekly ERCSI meetings.
• Maintain compliance with ADOSH, OSHA, ADEQ, PDEQ and other applicable regulations, by completing regularly scheduled inspections per established schedules and as needed. Maintain required regulatory documentation.
• Ensure staff and volunteer compliance with all OSHA, EPA, ADEQ, and other safety and waste handling regulations daily.
• Oversee the safe and proper maintenance of shop’s equipment and tools used.
• Ensure equipment and tools are returned to appropriate storage areas upon task completion and/or by end of shift.
• Supervise and ensure appropriate removal, handling, and disposal of items per outlined procedures in the MSDS and/or safety protocol.
• Special projects and other duties as requested, directed, or assigned.
• Record and archive all maintenance timetables and records.
• Assist the other departments of ERCSI and the Museum, as assigned by the Director of ERCSI – Provide the Registrar/Collections Manager and the ERCSI Director with a condition assessment of the aircraft collection.
• Coordinate with the Collections Maintenance Manager regarding the daily, basic maintenance of the aircraft on display (for example, tire pressure, dusting, cleaning canopies, etc.)


• Responsible for the direct supervision of Restoration Technicians and Volunteers assigned to the Restoration Shop.
• Responsible for maintaining the shop schedule.
• Responsible for planning and executing a schedule of shop-level maintenance, repair and restoration as required for each item in the aviation collection.
• Responsible for periodic shop staff & volunteer meetings (which include safety discussions and/or instructions and demos.
• Responsible for keeping abreast of all ADOSH, OSHA, ADEQ, PDEQ, and other applicable regulatory compliance.
• Responsible for timely reporting of safety concerns and violations to designated staff member per museum and shop procedure, including security.
• Responsible for paying close attention to assigned tasks, finishing tasks as directed.
• Responsible for maintaining an awareness of the activities of the Restoration Technicians and Volunteers to ensure safety guidelines are followed.
• Responsible for being familiar with all areas of the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum to enable quick safety response and render assistance as appropriate in case of emergencies or personal injuries.
• Responsible for following safety protocol including but not limited to familiarity with MSDS usage and locations.
• Responsible for interacting with all museum guests, employees, and volunteers in a friendly and professional manner.
• Responsible for ordering supplies (paint, metal, general shop supplies) as needed.


• Authority to supervise the Restoration Shop Technicians and Volunteers.
• Authority to resolve emergency and urgent situations, and items within designated scope of work.
• Advise the Director of Facilities, as well as comply and assist with the active certification and/or training as appropriate, operate the Man Lift, Forklift, scissor lift, fall safety protection, and other equipment as required
• Authority to safely utilize the Museum’s resources for its intended purpose, including but not limited to:
o Power and hand tool.
o Motorized and electric vehicles
o Chemicals, including but not limited to paint, solvents, and oils


  • A minimum, to have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent AND at least 2 years’ experience in general light industrial fabrication, or paint and body shop experience with supervisory duties; OR the equivalent combination of experience and/or education and training. The Director of Exhibits, Restoration & Curatorial Services (Director of ERCSI) or the Executive Director can determine whether education and training are “equivalent” based on experience. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and safely. The requirements listed within this job description are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
  • Proven attention to detail skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and seeking information from a variety of sources. Ability to read, analyze and interpret documents.
  • Must be highly motivated and able to work independently.
  • Ability to work with chemicals, including but not limited to paint, and solvents.
  • Ability to read and interpret equipment manuals, material safety data sheets, and work orders to perform required maintenance and service written in English.
  • Ability to use a variety of hand and power tools in performing duties.
  • Must be able to comply with safety regulations and maintain clean and orderly work areas.
  • Ability to operate light equipment, i.e., Forklift, Man Lift, etc.
  • Ability to use sensory perceptions (sight, smell, touch, etc.) to determine cleanliness of facilities.
  • Must have the ability to legally drive a motorized vehicle, electric cart, and other Museum equipment.
  • Ability to use considerable initiative, creativity, judgement, and problem-solving skills. Requires being able to deal with challenging people and/or situations calmly and effectively; establishing and maintaining cooperative and productive work relationships contributing to measurable productivity and professional deportment; all in the best interests of the Museum.
  • Understands, maintains, and has demonstrated high ethical standard related to organizational responsibilities and public accountability.


  • Desired Qualifications include demonstrated leader qualities, ability to manage logistics and people. Also, previous vintage WWII aircraft experience is desired, but not necessarily required. Desired Qualifications also include FAA A&P certificate and/or previous certification.


• Requires valid driver’s license.
• Requires ability to obtain and maintain Department of Defense access to Ford Island.


• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Must be able to repeatedly lift and carry a minimum of 50 lbs. without assistance, with the ability to lift to 80 lbs. as necessary with assistance.
• Must be able to reach above head and down to the ground while using hand tools, power tools, and other equipment.
• Must be able to perform moderate to heavy manual labor.
• Must be able to walk on uneven ground throughout the museum property.
• Must be able to crawl, bend, stretch, and climb while performing routine tasks.
• Must be able to work in non-air-conditioned areas throughout the year.
• Must be able to drive a motor vehicle and electric cart.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those a team member encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the team member will be required throughout the year to work outdoors and/or in temperature and non-temperature-controlled areas while performing normal job duties listed above. The team member will be required to walk on uneven ground from one location to another, wearing steel toed boots/shoes and other personal protective equipment.

Located on historic Ford Island, position spends time inside WWII hangars that include natural environments with minimal amenities. The work environment can be moderately noisy depending upon airplane traffic at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

Specific jobs may require respirators, safety face shields, gloves, goggles, coveralls, safety shoes and other appropriate safety equipment.

Management retains the discretion to add to or change the description at any time.

Salary commensurate with experience starting at $60,000.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: Starting at $60,000.00 per year


  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • 401K

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 at-will employer, located on Ford Island Naval Military base. Employees must pass a background screening, which is handled by the U.S. Navy.

All applicants must be based in Hawaii. To apply, please submit resume, cover letter and any relevant work samples to [email protected]. No calls, please.

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

The above information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an individual in this job. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications of an individual chosen for this job. Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum has the right to add, revise or delete information in this description. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position. Salary commensurate with experience.

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