Dinosaur Discovery Trail Volunteer


Cause Areas


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


524 J. Clyde Morris BlvdNewport News, VA 23601


PURPOSE: To enhance museum guests’ understanding and appreciation of our natural environment. To interact directly with the public by sharing knowledge of the dinosaurs on exhibit as well as other related specimens and by providing excellent customer service to all guests.


  • Greet all guests in a friendly, respectful and enthusiastic manner.
  • Anticipate and answer guest questions as they arise.
  • Represent the museum in a professional and knowledgeable manner at all times.
  • Provide accurate and current information of the dinosaurs on exhibit, other related specimens.
  • Monitor the area to avoid various problems by preventing running, climbing on rails, throwing objects, or other potentially dangerous actions.
  • Help to close the trail at the end of the day following set protocols (3-5pm shift only).
  • Adhere to museum policies and procedures.
  • Work as a team when other volunteers and staff are on the trail.


  • All Virginia Living Museum volunteers 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 dinosaurs, or natural sciences.
  • Desire to educate others, specifically about dinosaurs and other prehistoric specimens
  • Be willing to get hands dirty and handle fossils with care
  • Have strong or developing knowledge of facts about the dinosaurs on exhibit.
  • Be willing and physically able to walk a ? of a mile long trail.
  • Ability to represent the museum in a positive way through attitude, appearance, and actions.


  • New Volunteer Orientation
  • Dinosaur Discovery Trail Training


  • Reports to Volunteer Services Staff.


  • People Skills
  • Public Speaking

Good Match For

Kids Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 11
  • Orientation or Training
  • At least 4 months
  • You must be 11 to volunteer (with family member) and 15 to volunteer alone

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