Volunteer Cutting Up Fish Food

Available Adult Volunteer Positions

Find an opportunity that interests you and fill out an application form below! 

Are you looking to develop or enhance your retail and customer service skills? Want to know more about what happens behind the scenes in a retail operation? Assist with engaging guests and responding to inquiries, pricing and displaying merchandise, annual inventory, maintaining the sales floor, and helping with crowd control. Customer service experience is a plus!


Must be able to stand for an extended period and willing to develop knowledge of Aquarium Store products.


Must be available to volunteer at least one four to four-and-a-half-hour shift a week for a minimum of six months.

This position is perfect for individuals with a biology background who love marine animals. It is also great for candidates looking for training and experience. Volunteers work behind the scenes assisting staff with food preparation, husbandry, and caring for aquariums.


Must have the ability to lift at least 30 pounds and stand for extended periods.

Should be comfortable handling bugs such as crickets and mealworms and comfortable around snakes and dead rodents. Must be at ease in small, tight spaces and working in environmental extremes such as cold, hot, and dusty conditions. Candidates interested in biology, herpetology, and a love for animals are ideal.


Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am-11:00am, 8:00am-12:00pm, or 8:00am-2:30pm


A minimum of one four-hour shift a week for three months is required.

Tap into your creative side to design floral arrangements for the lobby of the Aquarium’s Main Building!


Must have an eye for floral designs and able to create appealing arrangements following flower guild guidelines.


Design at least two arrangements a year and deliver the new arrangement on scheduled date.

Do you love learning and enjoy connecting with a diverse group? This can be the perfect position for you! As a guest engagement docent, you will share information about the aquarium’s exhibits and Virginia’s marine environment with visitors. Applicants with an interest in marine biology are ideal. This is also an excellent opportunity for retired educators or individuals involved in education.


Must have good communication skills, be comfortable with public speaking, interacting with children, and be able to stand for an extended period. Candidates should also be comfortable with large crowds and varying noise levels.


Following training, a minimum commitment of one 4.5-hour shift a week for one year is required.


New guest engagement docents must attend a seven-session onsite training at the Virginia Aquarium. View Spring 2024 training details here.


Adult volunteer talking to guests.

Adult Volunteer Application

This form can be used to apply for any adult volunteer position except for Stranding Response positions and Diver positions.

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