Enrich the Lives of Our Community’s Children

Volunteers play an invaluable role in helping the Virginia Discovery Museum fulfill its mission through their time and talents, and annually, VDM depends on more than 300 volunteers who donate over 4,000 hours. Although the Museum remains closed for general admission due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking for caring and enthusiastic individuals to join our volunteer team and help our fully vaccinated staff as we start to transition back to in-person activities. From helping to monitor in-person Small Group Visits, to keeping exhibit spaces clean and safe, to assisting with educational programs and community events, volunteers are vital to creating a Museum that is engaging and accessible to all.

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All Applicants Must …

Be at Least 13 or Older
Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Complete an Application Online
Meet with the Director of Operations


Volunteering Provides …

Free Parking & VDM Passes to Share
Opportunities to Meet New People
School Service Credit
Valuable Training & Work Experience

Apply Online

Current Opportunities

Volunteers serve in various roles, including as Small Group Visit monitors, program assistants, and gallery helpers. Hours include weekdays and weekends, as needed.

Visit Monitors & Gallery Helpers

Shifts: 2-4 Hours as Needed for Small Group Visits and Programs


  • Assist with private Small Group Visits.
  • Greet visitors and facilitate learning through exploration and play.
  • Maintain a safe, tidy, and attractive Museum environment.
  • Help Museum staff with exhibit maintenance and repair.
  • Prepare activities for programs (including box kit projects), camps, and community events.

Volunteer Resources

General Guidelines

Guidelines regarding masks, shift check-in, Museum-appropriate clothing, and earning/using VDM passes.

Parking & Directions

VDM validates parking for volunteers’ full shifts at both the Market Street Garage and Water Street Garage.


Public Transit

Most CAT bus routes, including the Free Trolley, stop at the Downtown Transit Station next to the Museum.

Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at (434) 977-1025 x102 or operationsdirector@vadm.org to learn more about volunteering at the Museum.