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Summer 2023 Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth volunteer applications are being accepted through 3:00pm on Friday, March 3, 2023. Applications are not considered after the deadline. Please note that the current application period is for Summer 2023.

Click on individual volunteer positions for a complete review of the position requirements, interview instructions, parent information session, and training requirements. Only complete application packets will be considered.


Youth Volunteer Positions

Assist store personnel with daily duties such as tagging new merchandise, stocking, straightening merchandise, minor cleaning, and guest engagement.

Duties

  • Meet and greet the public.
  • Answer customer questions.
  • Suggestive selling.
  • Assist with dusting, straightening, and filling stock.
  • Assist with unpacking and checking in merchandise.
  • Check for damaged or mislabeled inventory.
  • Assist with displaying merchandise.
  • Help maintain the stockroom and assist with annual inventory.
  • May involve heavy lifting.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 13 years old.
  • Ability to interact with guests and staff in a friendly, outgoing manner.
  • Must have good communication skills.
  • Must be enthusiastic, have a high-energy level, and pleasant demeanor.
  • Must have the ability to bend and stand for an extended period.
  • Some knowledge about the Aquarium preferred.
  • Must be comfortable wearing a face covering for an extended period if required.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a weekly 4½ hour shift. This is a summer position with the option to volunteer during the school year.

Interview

In place of onsite interviews, we are accepting video submissions for this position. Interviews can be recorded on your cell phone or tablet. After recording, upload your video

to YouTube, Google Drive, or similar platform and provide us with the link on your application. *

Read and follow the instructions noted below for your video submission:

  • Each video should be 5-7 minutes.
  • If you are selected to volunteer and plan to wear a mask, please wear one during your recording. We want to be sure you can communicate clearly while wearing a mask. Please note that face coverings are not required.
  • Introduce yourself. Give your first and last name and two fun facts about you.
  • Share why you want to be a store assistant at the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Tell us about any experience you may have handling or selling merchandise. It can be items you sold for fundraisers, school projects, or other community activities.
  • Find an item in your home, for example, a stuffed animal, a scented candle, or an interesting beverage container. Present that item as if the camera is a guest in the Aquarium store. Tell us fun facts about it; why it’s a great item to have. Be engaging.

* If a password is required to access your video, please share it. If permission is required, please remember to grant it to us. Applications received without the interview video will not be considered.


Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Thursday, March 9, 2023, at 6 p.m., all aquarium store assistant applicants must attend a virtual information session with a parent or legal guardian. During the session, the Aquarium’s Volunteer Engagement Office will review the position requirements, the candidate selection process, and expectations for those accepted as volunteers. Access to the information session will be emailed to applicants by the close of business on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

If accepted as an aquarium store assistant, training details will be included in your welcome email. Training includes:

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Guest Engagement Strategies Training
  • Aquarium store staff will provide product knowledge, and further instruction specific to the volunteer position.

Application Packet

A complete aquarium store assistant application form must be submitted online and include the following:

  • An interview video submission. The link to your video must be provided on your application.
  • The completed application must be viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow recommendation instructions noted on the application form.
  • A valid email address for the applicant is required on the application; communication is done primarily via email.
  • Remember, incomplete application packets are not considered.

Volunteer shares information about the Aquarium's exhibits and Virginia's marine environment with guests.

Duties

  • Interpret Aquarium exhibits to guests to include conservation messaging.
  • Interact with guests in a positive and engaging manner.
  • Emphasize conservation of our resources.
  • Ensure the safety of the animals in their exhibit.

Qualifications

  • Must be 14 at least years old and have an interest in the marine environment.
  • Ability to take direction, work within a team and independently.
  • Must have good communication skills, enjoy interacting with the public and comfortable with public speaking.
  • Ability to learn by reading, listening and/or observing.
  • Must have the ability to stand for an extended period.
  • Must be reliable and punctual.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a minimum of one 3½ hour shift for at least nine weeks out of the summer. Although this is a summer position, volunteers that remain during the school year have the option to learn new skills and advance to additional opportunities. This position is also great for homeschooled teens.

Interview

In place of onsite interviews, we are accepting video submissions for this position. Interviews can be recorded on your cell phone or tablet. After recording, upload your video to YouTube, Google Drive, or similar platform and provide us with the link on your application. *

Read and follow the instructions noted below for your video submission:

  • Each video should be 5-7 minutes.
  • If you are selected to volunteer and plan to wear a mask, please wear one during your recording. We want to be sure you can communicate clearly while wearing a mask. Please note that face coverings are not required.
  • Introduce yourself. Give your first and last name and two fun facts about you.
  • Share why you want to be a gallery docent at the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Tell us about any experience you might have speaking in front of a small or large group.
  • Select an item in your home or backyard to talk about. For example, a fish tank, a garden. Present that item as if the camera is a guest at the Aquarium. Tell us fun facts about it. Be engaging.

* If a password is required to access your video, please share it. If permission is required, please remember to grant it to us. Applications received without the interview video will not be considered.


Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 10 a.m., all Aquarium gallery docent applicants must attend a virtual information session with a parent or legal guardian. During the session, the Aquarium’s Volunteer Engagement Office will review the position requirements, the candidate selection process, and expectations for those accepted as volunteers. Access to the information session will be emailed to applicants by the close of business on Friday, March 10, 2023. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

If accepted as a gallery docent, training details will be included in your welcome email. Training includes:

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Attend seven onsite gallery docent training sessions.

Application Packet

A complete gallery docent application form must be submitted online and include the following:

  • An interview video submission. The link to your video must be provided on your application.
  • A completed application that has been viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow recommendation instructions noted on the application form.
  • A valid email address for the applicant is required on the application; communication is done primarily via email.
  • Remember, incomplete application packets are not considered.

Your outgoing personality is the perfect fit for this position! Work on the front lines greeting and directing Aquarium guests.

Duties:

  • Greet and direct visitors and others with business at the Aquarium
  • Answer visitor questions and provide accurate information about Aquarium services and events.
  • Monitor activities at assigned areas for traffic flow and safety.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 15 years old.
  • Comfortable standing for an extended period.
  • Exceptional people skills.
  • Must be outgoing and personable. A pleasant disposition is required.
  • Must be comfortable with crowds.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a weekly 4½-hour shift. Volunteer must be available at least nine weeks between June and August. This is a summer position with the option to volunteer during the school year. For those accepted to this position, if your schedule allows, you may begin your volunteer service as early as May 13, 2023.

Interview

In place of onsite interviews, we are accepting video submissions for this position. Interviews can be recorded on your cell phone or tablet. After recording, upload your video to YouTube, Google Drive, or similar platform and provide us with the link on your application. *

Read and follow the instructions noted below for your video submission:

  • Each video should be 5-7 minutes.
  • Introduce yourself. Give your first and last name and two fun facts about you.
  • Share why you want to be a guest engagement ambassador at the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Tell us about any experience you might have giving directions or showing someone around. For example, it can be introducing a new student to classmates or giving them a tour of the school.
  • With the permission of your parent(s), give us a tour of a room in your home or your back yard. Choose an area and tell us a little about it. Example – “The area to the left is where we all meet for family game night.”
  • Present to the camera as if you are sharing information or giving directions to an Aquarium visitor. Tell us fun, interesting facts about the area. Be engaging; have fun.

* If a password is required to access your video, please share it. If permission is required, please remember to grant it to us. Applications received without the interview video will not be considered.


Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 6 p.m., all guest engagement ambassador applicants must attend a virtual information session with a parent or legal guardian. During the session, the Aquarium’s Volunteer Engagement Office will review the position requirements, the candidate selection process, and expectations for those accepted as volunteers. Access to the information session will be emailed to applicants by the close of business on Monday, March 6, 2023. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

If accepted as a guest engagement ambassador, training details will be included in your welcome email. Training includes:

  • Online Courses
  • General Orientation
  • Guest Engagement Ambassador Training
  • Guest Engagement Strategies

Application Packet

A complete guest engagement application form must be submitted online and include the following:

  • An interview video submission. The link to your video must be provided on your application.
  • A completed application that has been viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow recommendation instructions noted on the application form.
  • A valid email address for the applicant is required on the application; communication is done primarily via email.
  • Remember, incomplete application packets are not considered.

Volunteers greet and lead guests in educational explorations through the Aquarium’s Watershed Play area and activities in the Vet Center.

Duties

  • Greet Aquarium guests.
  • Engage visitors in conversations and activities to ensure they have a memorable and positive visit.

Qualifications

  • Must be at least 13 years old.
  • Must be outgoing and comfortable interacting with large groups.
  • Must have a pleasant demeanor and able to take direction.
  • Must be reliable and punctual.
  • An interest in marine science and environmental conservation.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a minimum of one 4½ hour shift a week. Volunteer must be available at least nine weeks between June and August. This is a summer position with the option to volunteer during the school year.

Interview

In place of onsite interviews, we are accepting video submissions for this position. Interviews can be recorded on your cell phone or tablet. After recording, upload your video to YouTube, Google Drive, or similar platform and provide us with the link on your application. *

Read and follow the instructions noted below for your video submission:

  • Each video should be 5-7 minutes.
  • Introduce yourself. Give your first and last name and two fun facts about you.
  • Share why you want to be a watershed warrior at the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Tell us about any experience you might have speaking in front of a small or large group.
  • Find an item in your backyard or nature, for example, a leaf, stick, or snail. Present that item as if the camera is a guest at the Aquarium. Tell us fun facts about it. Be engaging.

* If a password is required to access your video, please share it. If permission is required, please remember to grant it to us. Applications received without the interview video will not be considered.


Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at 6 p.m., all watershed warrior applicants must attend a virtual information session with a parent or legal guardian. During the session, the Aquarium’s Volunteer Engagement Office will review the position requirements, the candidate selection process, and expectations for those accepted as volunteers. Access to the information session will be emailed to applicants by the close of business on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

If accepted as a watershed warrior, training details will be included in your welcome email. Training includes:

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Attendance at all (three) watershed warrior training sessions.

Application Packet

A complete watershed warrior application form must be submitted online and include the following:

  • An interview video submission. The link to your video must be provided on your application.
  • A completed application that has been viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow recommendation instructions noted on the application form.
  • A valid email address for the applicant is required on the application; communication is done primarily via email.
  • Remember, incomplete application packets are not considered.

Virginia Aquarium youth programs provide a unique opportunity for youth to explore science, immerse in nature, and participate in conservation efforts. Volunteers are needed to assist with camps, birthday parties, scout workshops, and scout overnight programs.

Duties

  • Facilitate play and activity stations.
  • Assist with live animal presentations and guided tours.
  • Assist with overall supervision of participants.
  • Welcome participants and assist with check-ins.
  • Answer basic questions about the Aquarium.
  • Set-up and break down program materials.

Qualifications

  • Must be 14 years or older.
  • Enthusiastic and outgoing with high-energy level and pleasant demeanor.
  • Comfortable working with children of varying ages.
  • Have ability to bend, lift to 25 pounds, stand for extended periods, and spend time outdoors during high temperatures in the summer.
  • Interest in marine science a plus.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a year-round commitment, during the summer and the school year. Scheduling is flexible, allowing volunteers to sign up for program opportunities that fit their availability.

A calendar of program activities is released to volunteers at least one month before an event, and youth program assistants must sign up for dates and times that fit best in their schedule. Programs take place during the following times:

  • Birthday parties occur on Saturdays and Sundays 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Summer camps occur Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., mid-June through August.
  • School break camps occur on holidays and spring break 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on select dates.
  • Scout workshops occur on Saturdays and Sundays during the day.
  • Scout overnights occur Friday and Saturday evenings 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Tuesday, March 14, 2023, at 6 p.m., all youth program assistant applicants must attend a virtual information session with a parent or legal guardian. During the session, the Aquarium’s Volunteer Engagement Office will review the position requirements, the candidate selection process, and expectations for those accepted as volunteers. Access to the information session will be emailed to applicants by the close of business on Monday, March 13, 2023. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Interview

The youth program staff will contact applicants to arrange a one-on-one interview no later than Friday, April 7, 2023.

Training

If accepted as a youth program assistant, training details will be included in your welcome email. Training includes:

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Youth Program staff will facilitate one-on-one training for position related tasks and new volunteers will be mentored by experienced staff and volunteers.

Application Packet

  • A complete youth program assistant application form must be submitted online and include the following:
  • A completed application that has been viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow recommendation instructions noted on the application form.
  • A valid email address for the applicant is required on the application; communication is done primarily via email.
  • Remember, incomplete application packets are not considered.

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