Touch Tank Volunteer

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Virginia Living Museum

  • 17 people are interested

PURPOSE: To enhance the museum guest’s understanding and appreciation of our natural environment. Will interact directly with the public by sharing their knowledge of the touch tank and providing excellent customer service to all guests.


  • Greet and warmly welcome all guests
  • Relate to all guests in a friendly, respectful, and enthusiastic manner
  • Anticipate and answer guest questions as the arise
  • Ability to represent the museum in a professional and knowledgeable manner at all times
  • Provide accurate and current information on the touch tank animals and museum events
  • Adhere to museum policies and procedures
  • Ability to direct and command the group attention and maintain discipline, particularly with groups of school children
  • Work well with others as well as maintain guest interaction


  • Ability to be comfortable speaking to varying sizes of groups
  • May need to feed animals during the appropriate scheduled time
  • Stay up to date on facts about exhibit animals, the Chesapeake Bay, and conservation education


  • All Virginia Living Museumvolunteers must work at least 1 shift per month.
  • It is necessary that you report on time when scheduled. If you are not able to attend, it is required that you inform Volunteer Services in advance so that a substitute can be found
  • Strong interest in marine life
  • Desire to educate others
  • Be willing to get hands wet and handle various types of animals
  • Ability to represent the museum in a positive way through attitude, appearance, and actions.


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* Email, mail, fax or drop off your application to the VLM (contact info on form).
* Be sure to put "Touch Tank" in your preferences and any experience you have in entomology and any area in the natural sciences.
* You’ll come in at the VLM for an interview when your schedule allows.
* The $20 training fee will be collected at on-boarding (post-interview) and it includes your uniform t-shirt, online portal access and all training materials.

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About Virginia Living Museum


524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601, US

Mission Statement

"Connecting People to Nature through Educational Experiences that Promote Conservation."


Volunteers at the Virginia Living Museum enhance the experience of our guests, are an integral part of the staff, and enrich the lives of our animals. Volunteers keep the museum thriving, functioning and continuously growing. They give their time and talents to ensure the success of this non-profit organization and support our mission to protect what’s precious.

Volunteers at the Virginia Living Museum work with staff members to promote conservation by teaching the beauty and uniqueness of Virginia’s many habitats. They can be found helping in the public parts of the museum or behind the scenes working to maintain the high level of quality care we provide for our animals. No matter what the service, volunteers are an asset to the Virginia Living Museum. In fact, volunteers outnumber paid staff five to one.

There are a wide variety of positions available to volunteers allowing people to find a location at the museum in which they would truly enjoy volunteering. Whether you enjoy working with the public, prefer engaging with plant and animal life, or are seeking to acquire skills in communication or husbandry, the Virginia Living Museum has it all! We are seeking enthusiastic and dependable people, regardless of background and experience. If this sounds like you, please consider volunteering at the Virginia Living Museum and become a part of our organization.


We'll work with your schedule.


524 J. Clyde Morris BlvdNewport News, VA 23601






  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least one shift a month or a regular shift
  • Must submit an application found at

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