Virginia Living Museum

Environmental Preservation & Sustainability

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Vision Statement

 The Virginia Living Museum will continue to be the premiere learning laboratory to showcase Virginia’s natural and living resources so that people, of all ages and in future generations, will understand and protect the balance of our natural world.

Mission Statement

Connecting people to nature through educational experiences that promote conservation

The purpose of the VLM is to stimulate knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of the biological and physical world and to promote an understanding of our relationship to the environment. This is accomplished by providing a variety of living interpretive exhibits and programs to encourage a commitment to the protection and conservation of our natural world and its delicately balanced components.


Volunteer opportunities include exhibit interpreters, animal, herpetology and aquarium care assistants, museum store assistants, office assistants and astronomy assistants. Internships available in Aquariums for Marine Biology students, and in Veterinary Care (note: special requirements).   Interested volunteers should submit a completed application available from our website, complete the interview and reference check process and officially be offered a position before starting. We ask that volunteers give up to 4 hours weekly for a minimum of 3 to 4 months, but alternate arrangements can be made. We provide training for the designated position, so no prior experience is necessary, but helpful.  Position descriptions and additional information can be found on the website:  

Contact Information

Shandran Thornburgh
Volunteer Services Director

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.

Newport News, VA. 23601