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. From interacting with visitors and making their experiences fun and memorable 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. Annually, VDM depends on more than 300 volunteers who donate over 4,000 hours, and the Museum is looking for caring and enthusiastic individuals to join our volunteer team and assist our staff.

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All Applicants Must …

Be at Least 13 or Older
Be Vaccinated Against COVID
Complete an Application Online
Meet Marketing & Outreach Manager


Volunteering Provides …

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

Apply Online

Current Opportunities

Front Desk Specialists (18 & Older)

Shifts: 2-4 Hours. Weekday and Saturday Shifts Available Between 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


  • Greet visitors and create a welcoming environment.
  • Check in guests and process transactions such as daily admissions and memberships.
  • Assist with answering phones and directing calls to staff.
  • Help maintain a safe, tidy, and attractive Museum lobby.
Gallery Helpers (13 & Older)

Shifts: 2-4 Hours. Weekday and Saturday Shifts Available Between 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Occasional Sunday Party Shifts Available as Needed.


  • Create a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Interact with children and facilitate learning through exploration and play.
  • Help maintain a safe, tidy, and attractive Museum environment.
  • Assist with preparing and implementing activities for programs, camps, and community events.
  • Ready the Museum for weekend birthday parties.
  • Perform basic exhibit maintenance as needed.

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 Marketing & Outreach Manager Anna Deater-Deckard at (434) 977-1025 x104 or anna@vadm.org to learn more about volunteering at the Museum.