Want to spend more time at the Science Museum of Virginia? We don’t blame you.

Students, adults and seniors get their science fix by sharing their time and talents with our ever-growing community. As a volunteer, you’ll enjoy free admission to the Museum and features in The Dome. You’ll also receive a ten percent discount in our gift shop and café, and invitations to the Museum’s special events. The Museum offers flexible scheduling and your efforts will be recognized at our annual volunteer awards dinner and presentation.

WARNING: side effects of volunteering may include:

  • a life-long love of learning and science
  • development of professional skills and experience
  • stronger community ties

Volunteer Opportunities

Gallery Education Volunteer

Guide guests through Museum exhibits and encourage them to interact with hands-on activities. Assist with demonstrations, classes and labs.

Minimum age is 14; two, four-hour shifts required per month.

Exhibit Maintenance Volunteer

Clean and check exhibits, replenish supplies, report repair needs and assist exhibit maintenance staff.

Minimum age is 16; two, four-hour shifts required per month.

Gardening Volunteer

Put your green thumb to use while enjoying the great outdoors. Assist with the general upkeep of our BayScapes Garden.

Minimum age is 18; Must be able to work independently, shift times are flexible.

Gift Shop Assistant

Help guests select the best Science Museum of Virginia keepsakes. Receive, ticket, and stock merchandise and help keep the sales floor organized.

Must be able to use a cash register. Minimum age is 18. Weekly shifts required; must be able to commit to one year of volunteering.

Group Sales Assistant

Provide patient and friendly service over the phone. Answer general information questions as well as group visit inquiries. Transfer callers to the proper person/department when necessary. Must enjoy talking to people and have excellent communication skills.

Minimum age is 18. One 4 hour shift per week required.

Dome Usher

Greet, assist, take tickets and inform guests outside of the Dome. Help the front desk answer phone calls and provide general information to visitors.

Minimum age is 14; two, four-hour shifts required per month.

Dome Console Operator

Welcome guests to the theater and operate console running films in the Dome.

Minimum age is 18; one, four-hour shift required per week.

Special Events Volunteer

Volunteers are on-call for film openings, lectures, exhibit openings, and a variety of special events. Greet and direct Museum guests, distribute programs, and conduct educational activities.

Minimum age is 14; flexible schedule.

Membership Assistant

Process new memberships and service renewing museum members. Assist with membership mailings and prepare membership packets. File processed membership documents and assist with database administration.

Minimum age is 16; requires weekly, four-hour commitment Monday-Friday.

Camp In Aide

Greet and orient overnight Camp In participants as they arrive at the Museum. Assist teachers and group leaders in presenting hands-on science activities and help in the preparation and cleanup of events.

Minimum age is 18 to volunteer overnight, 16 to volunteer without spending the night; weekends during the academic year.