Wild + Well Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


524 J. Clyde Morris BlvdNewport News, VA 23601


PURPOSE: To enhance the museum guest’s experience in the Wild and Well Center by promoting education and role play for the children and keeping the space orderly and clean.


  • 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 exhibit/ area 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


  • Facilitate role play for the "keeper" and "vet" roles and guide the children to the areas where they can perform the jobs.
  • Interact with the children and ask them what they are working on and how they treating their animal or taking care of it.
  • Offer to be their assistant and help them out.
  • Encourage parents to participate as well.
  • Help them navigate the technology aspects or encourage play by bringing animals to them and asking for help with it.
  • Keep the area tidy in downtimes and make sure items stay within the center area.
  • Closing volunteer must complete the cleaning process of the items per training protocols.


  • Patient and responsible volunteer
  • Comfortable working with young children
  • Active and engaging
  • Excitement about the exhibit
  • Having the willingness to greet and explain when visitors arrive
  • A good facilitator and not a authoritarian
  • Ability to represent the museum in a positive way through attitude, appearance, and actions.

How to Apply:Go to www.thevlm.org/join/volunteer/applications

  • Email, mail, fax or drop off your application to the VLM (contact info on form).
  • Be sure to put "Wild + Well" in your preferences
  • Jot down 2 references that we can contact on your behalf (teachers, supervisors, coaches, co-workers, committee members, etc).
  • We’ll send you a link for the background check (cost is $12, you can then use this background check ANYWHERE afterwards).
  • 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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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 1 shift a month
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