Volunteer Showing Kids a Turtle Shell

Youth volunteer applications are being accepted through 5:00pm on Friday, March 1, 2024. Applications are not considered after the deadline. Please note that the current application period is for summer 2024. Click on individual volunteer positions for a complete review of the position details, interview instructions, parent information session, and training requirements. Only complete application packets will be considered.

Below is the application form. Be sure to follow the instructions at the top of the form.

Available Youth Volunteer Positions

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

Responsibilities

  • 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 14 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 is preferred.
  • Must be comfortable wearing a face covering for an extended period if required.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires at least seven 4½ hour shifts 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 and provide us with the link on your application. 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.

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 and why it’s a great item. Be engaging.

Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 6:00pm, 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 6, 2024. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

Training details will be included in your welcome email if accepted as an Aquarium Store Assistant. Training includes:

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Crew Training, a 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 the 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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Must be comfortable working outside in a variety of weather conditions.

Special Requirement

Upon acceptance as a Guest Engagement Ambassador, volunteers must become familiar with Virginia Aquarium exhibits, ticket prices, and scheduled events.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a weekly 4½-hour shift between June and August. This is a summer position with the option to volunteer during the school year. For those accepted as a guest engagement ambassador, if your schedule allows, you may begin your volunteer service as early as May 11, 2024.

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 and provide us with the link on your application. 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.

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 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 backyard. 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.

Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 6:00pm, 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 4, 2024. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

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

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Guest Engagement Ambassador Training
  • Crew Training, a guest engagement strategies training.

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 viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow the 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 increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of Virginia's marine environment and provide Aquarium guests with an enjoyable and meaningful experience.

Responsibilities

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

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be at least 14 years old.
  • Have good communication skills and be comfortable with public speaking.
  • Must enjoy interacting with children.
  • Must be reliable and punctual.
  • Should have the ability to take direction.
  • Able to work within a team and independently.
  • Must be able to stand for an extended period.

Advanced Qualifications

  • Individuals with an interest in the marine environment are ideal.
  • Should enjoy engaging the public.
  • Be familiar with a computer to complete online classes.
  • Ability to learn by reading, listening, or observing.
  • Comfortable with large crowds and varying noise levels.
  • Should enjoy and be comfortable speaking to groups.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a minimum of ten 4½ hour shifts between June and August. This is a summer position with the option to volunteer during the school year. This position is excellent 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 and provide us with the link on your application. 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.

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 guest engagement 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 or a garden. Present that item as if the camera is a guest at the Aquarium. Tell us fun facts about it. Be engaging.

Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 10:00am, all Aquarium guest engagement 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 8, 2024. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

Training details will be included in your welcome email if accepted as a guest engagement docent. Training includes:

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Required attendance at seven onsite guest engagement docent training sessions.

Application Packet

A complete guest engagement 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 viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow the 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.

Responsibilities

  • Greet Aquarium guests and present information about watersheds, salt marsh habitats, and basic animal care.
  • Engage visitors in conversations and activities to ensure a memorable and positive visit.

Basic Qualifications

  • Must be 13 years – 19 years old.
  • Have to be outgoing and comfortable interacting with large groups.
  • Must have a pleasant demeanor and be able to take direction.
  • Must be reliable and punctual.
  • Must be available for a minimum of nine shifts between June and August.

Advanced Qualifications

  • Individuals with an interest in marine science and environmental conservation are ideal.
  • Should enjoy engaging the public.
  • Must be comfortable with getting a little wet and messy.

Special Requirement

Volunteers assist with set-up and breakdown, including carrying buckets of water, equipment, and tables.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a minimum of nine 4½ hour shifts 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 and provide us with the link on your application. 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.

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.

Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at 6:00pm, 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 5, 2024. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Training

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

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Required attendance at 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 viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow the 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 help make these experiences safe, educational, and memorable by assisting with camps, birthday parties, scout overnights, outreach, and field trip programs.

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

  • Must be 14 or older to apply.
  • Must be enthusiastic and outgoing with a high-energy level and pleasant demeanor.
  • Comfortable working with children of varying ages.
  • Ability to bend and lift to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to stand for an extended period.
  • Must be reliable and punctual.
  • Must be comfortable working outside during high temperatures in the summer.

Minimum Commitment

This position requires a minimum commitment of one year. Summer shifts are arranged by program staff. After the summer, teen volunteers must commit to at least 12 shifts between September and May. During the school year, scheduling is flexible, allowing volunteers to sign up for program opportunities that fit their availability.

Parent and Applicant Information Session

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at 6:00pm, 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 11, 2024. Again, a parent or legal guardian must attend with the applicant.

Interview

The youth program staff will contact applicants for a one-on-one interview no later than Friday, April 5, 2024.

Training

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

  • Online Courses
  • Onsite Orientation
  • Onsite Youth Program Assistant Training

Application Packet

A complete youth program assistant application form must be submitted online and include the following:

  • A completed application viewed and signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Two references that are not related to you. Follow the 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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