Full-Time Employment

We offer generous professional development opportunities to qualified full-time​​ employees.​​ The Virginia Aquarium recruits and hires most employees through the City of Virginia Beach.

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Part-Time Contract Employment

We are currently seeking:

The Virginia Aquarium is looking for enthusiastic individuals interested in science and nature with an eagerness to inspire and excite young learners. Gain experience through a variety of informal teaching opportunities and enjoy a meaningful job that provides memorable experiences for youth.


Hourly rate | $11/hour


Hours | This is a part-time position. Hours vary but will include weekends and some evenings. Flexibility is needed.

Description
The School & Youth Program Educator is responsible for presenting live animal programs at schools in the Hampton Roads area

Duties

  • Present live animal programs to Hampton Roads area schools
  • Represent the Aquarium at festivals and other family events for general audiences
  • Conduct virtual programs
  • Facilitate birthday parties, summer camps, scout badge programs, overnight programs, and other children's programs at the Aquarium for a variety of ages (plan, set up, facilitate, and reorganize upon conclusion)
  • Transport animals and materials to offsite programs
  • Work independently to provide basic animal care and perform animal handling activities involving fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals
  • This work requires lifting water buckets and equipment for the transport of marine animals
  • Address participant needs during the program

Requirements

  • Prior experience conducting children’s programs in a formal or informal setting
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds
  • Must have an excellent driving record for offsite programs

Preferences

  • Excellent presentation and in-person customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, students of all ages and developmental abilities, and general audiences
  • Ability to handle tasks independently and be detail-oriented
  • Previous experience handling animals in a program setting and a background in science are a plus


To Apply

The application deadline is April 15, 2022, by 5:00pm. If selected for an interview, applicants will be contacted by April 22, 2022.

Email your resume and cover letter to School and Youth Program Specialist at AInwood@virginiaaquarium.com,
or
mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.

Hourly rate | $11/hour

Hours | This is a part-time position. Hours vary but will include weekends and some evenings.

Duties

  • Provide an exceptional visitor experience at the Aquarium for guests.
  • Interact with guests in a positive and engaging manner.
  • Direct guests through the Aquarium experience safely by encouraging social distancing and adherence to COVID-19 requirements.
  • Facilitate one-on-one interactions with Aquarium guests in engagement areas including the Chesapeake Bay and Ray Pools, Upland River Room, Sea Turtles, and Sharks.
  • Provide guests with educational information including conservation messages.
  • Provide and support additional educational engagement opportunities as needed.
  • Assist guests with customer service needs.
  • Coach and support teen and adult docents.

Requirements

  • High school diploma
  • Any combination of college coursework and work or volunteer experience equivalent to two years that includes science or education studies or teaching in an informal learning environment.

Preferences
Work or volunteer experience at an informal education site (aquarium, museum, zoo, etc.); customer service experience; excellent verbal presentation skills; ability to communicate effectively with guests of all ages; ability to handle tasks independently and with attention to detail.


How to Apply
Send a resume, cover letter, and two references to our Gallery Programs Specialist, Amber Inwood.


Email | kpburns@virginiaaquarium.com (Include Guest Engagement Educator in the subject line)
or
Mail
to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Hourly rate | $11.00


Hours | flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm


Duties | Provide exceptional guest service that transforms a day at the Aquarium from ordinary to extraordinary

  • Greet all guests in line of sight with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness.
  • Sell merchandise, answer questions about the merchandise, maintain a clean and organized sales floor and restock merchandise.
  • Receive payment by cash, credit cards, or vouchers. Issue receipts, refunds, or change due to guests.
  • Assist guests in a friendly and positive manner by using your knowledge of Aquarium offerings, prices, membership, directions, and general information.
  • Convey and explain reasons for COVID-19 regulations and request guests follow them.
  • Become familiar with the Aquarium's story – history, accomplishments, and future goals.
  • Go beyond what is expected – deliver personal experiences that inspire, delight, and engage.
  • Project a professional image while in uniform.

Requirements

  • Must be able to work flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm.
  • This is a position that requires the applicant to stand for long periods of time, it is not a seated position.

Preferences

Outstanding customer service skills; completion of at least two years of high school; enthusiastic, motivated, and enjoy working with people; cash handling experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills; have ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


How to Apply

Send a resume via
Email to VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will be employed through Abacus Staffing Services.


Hourly rate | $11.00


Hours | flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm

Duties | Provide exceptional guest service that transforms a day at the Aquarium from ordinary to extraordinary

  • Greet all guests in line of sight with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness.
  • Act as a host to each guest by demonstrating behavior that supports a positive, cheerful, and professional attitude.
  • Sell tickets, in person, through SRO4 ticketing system for various activities offered at the Aquarium including, Aquarium admissions, boat trips, memberships, advanced tickets, and gift certificates.
  • Receive payment by cash, credit cards, or vouchers. Issue receipts, refunds, or change due to guests.
  • Direct guests through the entry process by helping them practice social distancing.
  • Assist guests in a friendly and positive manner by using your knowledge of Aquarium offerings, prices, membership, directions, and general information.
  • Convey and explain reasons for COVID-19 regulations and request guests follow them.
  • Become familiar with the Aquarium's story – history, accomplishments, and future goals.
  • Go beyond what is expected – deliver personal experiences that inspire, delight, and engage.
  • Project a professional image while in uniform.

Requirements

  • Must be able to work flexible shifts including weekends and holidays and be available to work between the hours of 8:30am and 5:15pm.
  • This is a position that requires the applicant to stand for long periods of time, it is not a seated position.

Preferences

Outstanding customer service skills; completion of at least two years of high school; enthusiastic, motivated, and enjoy working with people; cash handling experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills; have the ability and willingness to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.


How to Apply

Send a resume via
Email to VAMSCGSO@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451.

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. This position will be employed through Abacus Staffing Services.


Hourly rate | $11.00


Hours | 20-40 hours/week; M-F


Duties | Keep the Aquarium looking and operating great!

  • Support the Aquarium’s building and facilities needs by responding to calls and requesting maintenance using a work order database, performing minor repairs, and supporting projects.
  • Provide professional level communication and support to aquarium staff, city maintenance teams, contractors, and vendors.
  • Greet all guests with a smile, a verbal greeting, and approachable friendliness
  • Always project a professional image while in uniform
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks by priority
  • Survey the Aquarium to confirm work completion, and report maintenance needs
  • Research vendors and suppliers for materials and projects
  • Perform paint touch ups
  • Must be able to write and communicate clearly
  • Able to follow detailed instructions both verbal and written.
  • Able to lift 50 pounds, climb, stretch, work in tight spaces
  • Ability to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions

Preferences

High school diploma and experience with building maintenance, customer service, database use, word processing, Excel, hand tool use and building repairs. Flexible work schedule. Provide enthusiastic support to maintenance personnel, contractors and aquarium staff. Ability to work in the occasional fast paced stressful situation. Great listening skills. Great organizational skills. Self-starter with strong work ethic.

To Apply

Send your resume and cover letter via

Email to broosa@virginiaaquarium.com
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.

Hourly rate | $11.00

Hours: Hours vary, some weekends required.


Duties | Assist the horticulture section with nature trail and horticulture exhibit maintenance, including but not limited to:

  • Mulching, maintaining, and weeding plant and shrub beds, lawn areas, and walkways
  • Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
  • Planting, raking, collecting, and removing debris
  • Operation of a lawnmower, leaf blower, and weed eater
  • Loading and unloading tools, equipment, soil, gravel, and sand for project assignments
  • Maintaining plants in an indoor environment
  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Other horticultural duties as required.

Requirements

  • High school graduate or GED plus some outdoor work experience.
  • Ability to use common gardening and hand tools.
  • Ability to perform physical labor under various climate conditions for extended periods.
  • Ability to bend and kneel for extended periods.
  • Ability to use a backpack blower and string trimmer for extended periods.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Interact with staff, volunteers, and public in a pleasant and professional manner.

Preferences

  • Have a general knowledge of horticulture practices and a desire to learn.
  • Knowledge of native Virginia plants is desirable, but not required.
  • Horticulture experience is a plus.

To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to broosa@virginiaaquarium.com
or
mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.


Internships

We offer several internships for college students throughout the year. These unpaid volunteer positions provide career exploration for rising college juniors and seniors seeking academic credit with an interest in pursuing careers related to biology, marine biology, science education, aquarium sciences, or related support staff positions

Fellowships

We also offer fellowship opportunities in marine science, animal care, exhibits, and education, to college or post-graduate students. The Batten Fellowship also includes a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses. Batten Fellowships fund students to complete work in specific projects and programs.


Descriptions for all fellowships currently available and how to apply can be found below.


The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Mammal and Animal Ambassador staff are now accepting applications for an Animal Care Batten Fellow.

  • The application deadline is April 25, 2022.
  • Fellows are expected to work 400 hours over a consecutive three-month period. Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.
  • Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
  • $11 per hour pay


Position Overview
The Animal Care Fellow will be exposed to all aspects of care for our Mammal and Animal Ambassador collections. The fellow will also learn techniques of classical and operant conditioning through positive reinforcement.

Duties

  • Diet preparation for a variety of animals
  • Cleaning of enclosures, habitats, food prep areas and utensils, buckets, and equipment 
  • Maintaining thorough records 
  • Animal observations and working with the Zoo Monitor program
  • Assisting with husbandry and handling of animals as necessary 
  • Observing and assisting in daily animal training sessions 
  • Speaking on a microphone for educational programs 
  • Creating Enrichment


Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate (within 5 years), or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in a related field.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50lbs and stand for long periods of time outdoors.
  • Be comfortable in and around open water.
  • Must be comfortable handling reptiles, birds, invertebrates, amphibians, and mammals.
  • Must listen to and take direction well.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate interest in a career in environmental science, animal care, conservation, or behavioral management.
  • Rabies vaccinated
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be comfortable talking to guests and providing superior customer service.


Position Requirements

  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Be available to work during the animal care hours (7:00am - 6:00pm) daily, which includes weekends and holidays.


Fellowship Learning Objectives

  • Gain knowledge of animal husbandry in all aspects
  • Develop a strong understanding of operant and classical conditioning
  • Create a new enrichment device
  • Conduct public programs
  • Deliver a formal presentation of the experience that includes insight and knowledge gained that can be shared with the staff and other fellows in an informal presentation.


Fellow Schedule

Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, with shifts varying between the hours of 7:00am-5:00pm/6:00pm (summer). Weekend and holiday coverage are expected.


Minimum Commitment Required is 400 hours


Work Location
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center


Application Requirements
A complete Mammals and Animal Ambassador Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A Cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity for which you are applying. There is some flexibility with the fellowship start and end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference.


Completed Application Packet

Email your complete application to:
Chaley@VirginiaAquarium.com and Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com

Please type “Animal Care Batten Fellowship” in the subject line. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Guest Engagement staff is now accepting applications for an Early Learning Batten Fellowship.


  • The application deadline is open until a candidate has been selected.
  • Fellows are expected to work 400 hours over a consecutive three-month period, starting in May and ending in August.
  • Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.
  • Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
  • $11 per hour pay

Position Overview
The Early Learning Fellow will be responsible for helping develop and implement the Discovery Garden program with a focus on developing and implementing fun educational content accessible to an early learning audience.


Duties

  • Develop Garden activities in line with the current COVID guidelines that encourage the exploration of nature and science through play for a young audience.
  • Create opportunities for a wide age range of children, including pre-kindergarten and school-aged children, to explore and learn about nature at the Aquarium.
  • Facilitate programs that cater to an early learning audience that share core conservation messages that are easy for all guests to understand.
  • Conduct research and evaluation on the Discovery Garden programming offered in order to ensure target messages are met.
  • Supervise and mentor Discovery Garden volunteers to ensure a positive, fulfilling experience for them and for guests to the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Work with staff to ensure guests’ needs are met with excellent customer service.
  • Fellow will create Discovery Garden Program Guide.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate, or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in a related field.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50lbs and stand for long periods of time outdoors.
  • Be comfortable in and around open water and boats.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate interest in a career in environmental education and/science communication.
  • Have some experience working with an early learning or young audience.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be comfortable talking to guests and providing good customer service.

Position Requirements

  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Be available to work during the Aquarium’s operating hours, 9 am-5 pm/7 pm (summer) daily, which includes weekends and holidays.

Fellowship Learning Objectives

  • Develop fundamental engagement skills and test strategies for informal environmental education communication.
  • Gain programming and facilitation skills through oversight of the entire program planning process.
  • Facilitate teamwork through positive actions and activities.
  • Deliver a formal report of the experience that includes insight and knowledge gained that can be shared with the education staff in an informal presentation.

Fellow Schedule
Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, 9:00am-5:00pm/7:00pm (summer). Weekend and holiday coverage are expected.


Minimum Commitment Required is 400 hours


Fellowship Supervisor/Mentor
Equity, Community, and Learning Team Lead


Work Location
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center


Application Requirements
A complete Early Learning Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A Cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity for which you are applying. There is some flexibility with the fellowship start and end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference.

Completed Application Packet

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement – Batten Fellowship

OR

Email your complete application to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy kpburns@virginiaaquarium.com.

Please type “Early Learning Fellowship” in the subject line. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Guest Engagement staff is now accepting applications for a Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship.

  • The application deadline is open until candidate has been selected.
  • Fellows are expected to work 400 hours over a consecutive three-month period, starting in May and ending in December.
  • Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.
  • Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
  • This competitive position includes modest compensation to help offset personal and incidental expenses over the course of the appointment period.

Position Overview
The Watershed Warrior Fellow will be responsible for helping develop and implement the Watershed Warriors program with a focus on developing and implementing fun educational content on the importance of watersheds. This inclusive person will serve as a role model for diverse youth docents and mentor them to engage a wide variety of guests to the Virginia Aquarium.


Duties

  • Develop station activities and engagements in line with the current COVID guidelines that highlight the importance of watersheds and the roles watersheds play in conservation.
  • Engage a wide variety of audiences to the Aquarium to educate them on how they can take action to protect their local watersheds.
  • Supervise and mentor Watershed volunteers to ensure a positive, fulfilling experience for them and for guests to the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Train and coach Watershed volunteers to engage guests while communicating Watershed-specific educational content.
  • Work with staff to ensure guests needs are met with excellent customer service.
  • Facilitate additional team-building exercises and programs for the Watershed Warrior volunteers to build their skills and retain their interest in the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate, or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in a related field.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time outdoors.
  • Be comfortable in and around open water and boats.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate interest in a career in environmental education and/or science communication.
  • Have some experience mentoring and coaching volunteers or students in the noted age group.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be comfortable talking to guests and providing good customer service.

Position Requirements

  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Be available to work during the Aquarium’s operating hours, 9am-5pm/7pm(summer) daily, which includes weekends and holidays.

Fellowship Learning Objectives

  • Develop fundamental engagement skills and test strategies for informal environmental education communication.
  • Gain supervisory and mentoring skills with a diverse youth volunteer team.
  • Facilitate teamwork through positive actions and activities.
  • Deliver a formal report of your experience that includes insight and knowledge gained that you share with the education staff in an informal presentation.


Fellow Schedule
Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, 9 a.m. 5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. during the summer. Weekend and holiday coverage is expected.


Minimum Commitment Required is 400 hours


Fellowship Supervisor/Mentor
Guest Engagement Education Project Supervisor


Work Location
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center


Application Requirements
A complete Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A Cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity for which you are applying. There is some flexibility with the fellowship start and end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference.

Completed Application Packet

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement – Batten Fellowship

OR

Email your complete application to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy kpburns@virginiaaquarium.com.

Please type “Watershed Warrior Fellowship” in the subject line.


Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Learn more about Batten Fellowships.