Each month, more than 800 dedicated volunteers - ranging in age from 11 to 93 - unselfishly offer their time and talents. In return, volunteers are given the opportunity to learn and have fun sharing their enthusiasm for Virginia's marine environment with others. Volunteers are required to attend introductory classes and continuing education workshops.
Fall Volunteer Open House
To learn about all of the interesting things volunteers do at the Aquarium, join us in the Bay Ocean Pavilion on Thursday, September 19th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for our fall volunteer open house. Department representatives will be available to answer your questions and you just may meet an animal or two. Youth, adult and internship positions are available.
Youth Volunteer Applications Accepted September 1st - February 28th
Applications for summer 2014 are being accepted September 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014. Youths who are interested in joining our junior docent program this fall can submit their applications September 1st - October 1st. Junior docent candidates must be at least 14 years old.
Join the Aquarium's Volunteer Dive Team
Submit your application now to participate in the fall volunteer diver try-outs. Candidates must be advanced open water certified with 25 logged open water dives. 10 dives must have been completed within the in the last year. Submit your application to the Aquarium's volunteer office.
Virginia Aquarium Volunteer Opportunities
- Aquarium Stores
- Visitor Services
- Flower Guild
- Science Exhibits
- Stranding Response Team (Special Requirements)
- Docent (Exhibit Gallery Interpreter)
- Volunteer Diver* (Additional Special Requirements)
- Aquarium Husbandry Volunteer
- Dolphin/Whale Watch Assistant
- Bird Care
- Mammal Care (Not recruiting for Mammal Care assistants at this time)
* must be a certified and experienced diver
To receive more information about becoming a volunteer, please call the Aquarium’s Volunteer Services office at (757) 385-0274, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Download the Adult Volunteer Application.pdf
Download the Youth Volunteer Application.pdf