Please complete this application form if you are interested in becoming a Virginia Living Museum volunteer and are between 11-17 years of age. Once you complete the form, click the submit button at the bottom. Ages 11-14 must volunteer with an adult, and the adult's application must accompany the Junior application. Adult applications are found at https://thevlm.org/join/volunteer/applications/


Contact Information


Emergency Contact

Who can we contact on your behalf in case of an emergency?



Demographic Information

Please provide the following information. It is used only to help us get a better idea of the demographic make-up of our volunteers.



Tell us about yourself.

(School & grade) In a short paragraph, describe your skills, activities, hobbies and interests. Pick one thing and explain how it will help you to be a great Junior Volunteer.



What makes you a good volunteer?

Please list the qualities you have that would make you an asset to our program.



Why are you interested in volunteering?

Tell us what you'd like to gain from your volunteer experience and how the museum will gain from having you on our volunteer team.



What is your previous volunteer/work experience?

Example: babysitting, church, youth group, animal care-taking, after school events, etc. Also list any experience dealing with the public!



Please list the position(s) you prefer:

List 3 in order of MOST interested. Please be specific (See list of Position Descriptions at thevlm.org/join/volunteer/positions)



Availability

Please indicate the days and times you are potentially available to volunteer.




Code of Conduct and Parent/Guardian Permission

• I understand that the goal of volunteering is to engage and educate the public, and my attitudes and actions should always further that goal.


• I agree to work my entire volunteer shift as scheduled, to conduct myself in an appropriate manner, to be honest, to dress in attire that follows the volunteer dress code, to follow safety procedures, and to be prepared for my shift.


• I understand that if I cannot make a volunteer shift/training (or any part of a shift/training), it is important to notify the Volunteer Services Office ahead of time (24–48 hours notice) by calling (757)534-7428, emailing volunteer@thevlm.org or signing out via the volunteer online portal.


• During my scheduled volunteer shift, I agree to follow directions given by staff, stay in my designated area, and though I may have friends who are also volunteers at the museum, I understand that while I am at the museum, my focus should be on the guests.


• I understand that I am responsible for reviewing all materials given to me at my interview, Orientation and trainings if accepted into the program.


• I know that I represent the museum, and I promise not to engage in any activity that may cause harm to the animals, museum, others and/or myself.


*I understand that failing to observe the above protocols will result in disciplinary action and can result in my dismissal from the volunteer program.


PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION


*** I have read my son/daughter's completed application and he/she has my permission and support to participate as a volunteer at the Virginia Living Museum. Furthermore, I acknowledge my commitment and agree to provide the support necessary to ensure his/her success. I recognize that the VLM is not responsible for my child beyond the hours they are scheduled and that the VLM’s responsibility is limited to my child’s assigned tasks; further the museum reserves the right to send a JV home for not behaving according to our policies and procedures. ***