Volunteer Open House, Thursday January 22, 2015
4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Are you interested in volunteering at the Virginia Aquarium? Then join us for our winter volunteer open house. Representatives from Aquarium departments will be available to answer your questions and you will have the opportunity to take an escorted mini-tour. Adult, junior and intern applications are being accepted.

Explore the Wonders of Virginia Aquarium

Become a Volunteer

Are you curious about what goes on every day at the Aquarium? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge about marine animals or learning about the environment? Do you want to know more about our sharks or Komodo dragons? If you answered yes, then volunteering at the Aquarium is for you!

There are many great volunteer opportunities available. Whether you're 11, 81 or somewhere in between, we have the perfect spot for you. You don't need to be a marine biologist, just share our passion for conservation and educating people about marine animals and the environment. Click below to see how you can explore all that the Aquarium has to offer!

Volunteer Benefits include:

  • Passes to the Aquarium
  • Membership in the Aquarium's Volunteer League
  • Annual Membership to the Aquarium
  • Discount at the Aquarium Store
  • Discount at the Café
  • Access to Virginia Beach City-Taught Classes and Aquarium Online Classes
  • Scholarship Opportunity for Youth Volunteers

Adult Volunteers Must:

Scholarship Opportunity for Youth Volunteers must:
  Be at Least 18 Years Old   Successfully Pass a Criminal History Search
  Submit an Application with Two References   Complete Required Training
  Meet Individual Program/Position Criteria  

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

This position is perfect for individuals who love marine animals and have a biology background. Volunteers work behind the scenes assisting staff with caring for aquariums. Candidate must be able to commit to at least eight hours of service each week: two days at four hours each or one day at eight hours. Apply now!

Looking to develop or enhance your retail and customer service skills? Volunteer as an Aquarium store assistant! Volunteers assist with engaging visitors, tagging and displaying merchandise, maintaining the stock room and conducting inventory. Retail and customer service experience a plus. Candidate must be available to volunteer at least one four-and-a-half hour shift a week. Apply now!!

In addition to preparing meals and feeding the animals, volunteers clean enclosures and assist with maintaining animal records. This position requires bending, reaching and lifting. Candidates must be comfortable getting wet and dirty. A basic knowledge of birds is helpful. A minimum of one four-and-a-half hour shift a week is required. Apply Now!

Dive in the Red Sea among live coral, eagle rays and exquisite fish. As a member of the Aquarium's dive team you can explore this habitat and much more! Volunteer divers assist aquaria staff with in-tank maintenance and perform dive programs for the public. For consideration, applicants must be advanced open water scuba certified with at least 25 logged open water dives. Ten dives must have been completed within the last 12 months. Candidates must also participate in dive trials. Upon acceptance in the program a minimum commitment of eight hours a month is required. View volunteer diver basic requirements. We are currently accepting applications for spring, 2015 dive trials. Apply now!

If you love to learn and enjoy connecting with a diverse group of people this may be the position for you! As a docent you will share information about the Aquarium’s exhibits and Virginia’s marine environment with visitors. Candidates must have above average communication skills, be comfortable with large crowds and interacting with children. Applicants with an interest in marine biology are ideal. Following training, a minimum commitment of one four-and-a-half hour shift a week for one year is required. Apply now!

Come aboard to see and share information about some of the most magnificent creatures on earth in their natural habitat. Dolphin Discoveries/Whales & Wildlife watch volunteers work closely with an Aquarium educator showing artifacts and answering guests' questions about marine life off the coast of Virginia Beach. Candidates should be comfortable with public speaking, have previous customer service experience, be capable of working with limited supervision and not be affected by motion sickness. Apply now!

Tap into your creative side to design floral arrangements for the lobbies of both Aquarium buildings! Volunteers are required to design one arrangement each quarter. Apply now!

Your outgoing personality is the perfect fit for this position! Work on the front lines greeting and engaging Aquarium guests. Volunteer answers visitor questions, shares details about special programs and experiences at both buildings. The ideal candidate is friendly, patient and comfortable working with large crowds. Bilingual applicants are a plus! Volunteer is required to work at least one four-and-a-half hour shift every week. Apply today.

Focus your lifelong passion and basic knowledge of the care of reptiles on this volunteer position. Herpetology assistants aid staff with the daily husbandry needs of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Candidates should be comfortable working in varying environmental conditions. A minimum four-and-a-half hour shift a week is required. Apply now!

Indulge your love of plants and gardening by serving as a horticulture assistant. Volunteers work closely with the Aquarium's horticulturist to maintain planting areas. Duties include planting, mulching, pruning, weeding, trail beautification and other gardening tasks. Ideal candidates should be comfortable standing, bending and walking for prolonged periods; have the ability to withstand outdoor conditions such as heat, humidity, cold, insects and wild animals; and the ability to use a backpack style leaf-blower, push mower, rake and string trimmer is necessary. Volunteers must be available early mornings, two to ten hours each week. Apply now!

Roll up your sleeves and start prepping! Volunteers enjoy the messier side of maintaining the Aquarium's marine mammals by preparing food and assisting staff with cleaning. This position is ideal for candidates who love marine mammals and want to learn more about these amazing creatures. Applicants must be able to lift at least 25 pounds, kneel and stand for extended periods of time and have good hand and eye coordination. A minimum of one 4½ hour shift is also week required. Apply Now!

Volunteers mentor younger nature play place docents and share information with guests. This position is for parents/guardians of 11 and 12 year old nature play place docents. Parent's/guardian's application must be attached when youth application is submitted. Apply now!

Are you very organized? Do you have great communication skills? Are you proficient with Microsoft Office? If so, submit your application right away for this position! Volunteers work in various Aquarium departments assisting with administrative tasks. Applicants should be flexible and have great interpersonal skills. Apply now!

Volunteer assists registrar with recording, maintaining and filing animal records. Applicants must have basic computer knowledge and data entry skills. Familiarity with medical terms and zoological taxon a plus. Apply now!

Volunteer assists with staff with scout day programs, overnights and service projects. Candidate must have an interest in marine science and the ability to communicate with young children and teenagers. Experience developing and leading various craft and recreational activities a plus. Apply now!

Volunteers respond to dead and live marine mammal and sea turtle strandings throughout the state of Virginia. Volunteers also assist with marine mammal and sea turtle necropsy (animal autopsy) and live animal rehab. Apply now!

This is a great opportunity to bring out your inner child! Assist the Toddler Program Coordinator with planning and presenting engaging activities at weekly Toddler programs. Activities include stories, songs, outdoor adventures and animal mysteries. Prefer candidates with experience working with children. Applicants with artistic and/or musical abilities a plus. Apply now!

Volunteers provide administrative support to the Aquarium's Veterinary Technician. Must be very organized and have strong computer and research skills. Apply now!

Volunteers assist staff with daily water analyses and maintains lab records. Apply now!

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth volunteer applications are accepted September 1st – February 28th. Applications received after the deadline will be held until the next open application period. Three letters of recommendation are required when application is submitted. Please note that current application period is for summer, 2015 candidates. Please click here to apply for any of the following youth volunteer positions.

Volunteer is stationed in the Aquarium’s Changing Exhibits Gallery. He or she greets guests and shares information about the traveling exhibit. Candidates must be at least 13 years old at the time his or her application is submitted and very comfortable interacting with guests. Apply now!

Volunteers greet guests, share information and actively engage visitors to ensure they experience all of the Aquarium's exhibits. Candidates must be at least 13 years old at the time his/her application is submitted and very comfortable interacting with guests. Apply now!

Volunteers share information about the Aquarium's exhibits and Virginia's marine environment with visitors. Candidates must be at least 14 years old at the time his or her application is submitted and agree to a minimum four-and-a-half hour shift each week for one year. This is a great volunteer opportunity for home schooled teens. Apply now!

Volunteer is positioned in the Aquarium’s Nature Play Place on the nature path; shares information with guests about the marsh habitat and encourage visitors to participate in activities and explorations. Candidates must be at least 11 years old at the time his or her application is submitted. Volunteer must be available at least 9 weeks between June and August. 11 and 12 year old nature place docents must be paired with a parent or guardian. Parent’s application must be attached when youth application is submitted. This is a summer position with the option to volunteer during the school year. Apply now!

Volunteer assists education staff with the Aquarium’s summer sea camps. Candidates must be at least 15 years old with an interest in marine science and/or marine biology. Must be comfortable communicating with children of varying ages and skill levels and have high energy with the ability to lead various recreational activities. Experience working with children preferred. Previous Virginia Aquarium sea camp participants are ideal. Apply now!

Volunteers assist Toddler Program Coordinator with planning and presenting toddler events. Candidates must have high energy and comfortable working with toddlers. Applicants with artistic and/or musical abilities a plus. Must be at least 14 years old. Available shifts; Tuesdays 9 am – 1 pm or Thursdays 10 am – 12 pm. This is a great volunteer opportunity for homeschooled teens. Apply now!

This is a summer position. Volunteers greet guests and share craft activities with visitors in the wildflower garden. Candidates must be at least 12 years old, very comfortable interacting with guests and agree to a minimum four-and-a-half hour shift every Wednesday for at least nine weeks between June and August. Apply now!