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The Virginia Aquarium offers guests a memorable experience, but our wider mission succeeds because of our volunteers. We need individuals willing to share their time, unique skills, and passion for marine conservation. The daily support of our incredible volunteers is vital to the success of our mission and to the daily functioning of the Aquarium. If you are seeking a meaningful way to support conservation efforts addressing environmental issues, we invite you to explore our rewarding volunteer opportunities for youth and adults.

Virtual Volunteer Open House

February 3 | 5:00pm (Register by February 2)
February 23
| 5:00pm (Register by February 22)

If you are seeking a meaningful way to support conservation efforts addressing environmental issues, we invite you to explore our rewarding volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. Join us for one of our two virtual events. Members from several departments will be available to answer questions about volunteering, for example, as a Stranding Response Team Member, Watershed Warrior, Gallery Docent, Aquarium Store Associate, or Guest Engagement Ambassador.

Advance registration is required, and a confirmation email will be sent with instructions for joining the virtual event.

Register by clicking on your preferred date above.

Currently Open Volunteer Positions

Applications are being accepted for select Adult and Youth positions.
Learn more by clicking the button below.

Volunteer Opportunites

Below is a sample of the opportunities for working alongside us.
Please note that not all of the following positions are currently available.

Aquarium Store Assistant

​Looking to develop or enhance your retail and customer service skills? Want to learn what happens behind the scenes in a retail operation? Store volunteers will assist with engaging visitors and responding to inquiries, pricing and displaying merchandise, annual inventory, maintaining the sales floor, and helping with crowd control.

Gallery Docent

If you love to learn and enjoy connecting with a diverse group of people, this is the position for you! As a Gallery 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, interacting with children and able to stand for an extended period.

Boat Tour Assistant

As a volunteer aboard the Atlantic Explorer you will work closely with Aquarium educators showing NOAA permitted bio-facts. Volunteers answer guests' questions about marine life off the coast of Virginia Beach and assist with a variety of customer service duties such as boarding and ticketing.

Animal Care Assistant

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.

Clean the Creek

Whether by yourself or with a team you pull together, come out and join us as we clean the areas in and around Owls Creek.