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Facilities Maintenance Volunteer


To maintain the Virginia Living Museum’s buildings, grounds, boardwalks and exhibits meet all safety standards. To present the facility, grounds and exhibits in a pleasing, safe and functional manner as to enhance the visitor experience.


Assist staff with:

  • Maintain both Museum facilities lighting systems (both indoors and out) insuring all lighting is functioning as designed. This may include changing light bulbs and/or ballasts.
  • Maintenance of outdoor boardwalk to include replacing warped boards and re-fastening of loose boards; addition of graphics and/or signage.
  • Install and ship out changing gallery exhibits.
  • Maintain all metal handrails on Museum property.
  • Assist in preparing the museum for adverse weather conditions.


  • Availability for irregular shifts determined by supervisor.
  • Ability to report on time when scheduled. If you are not able to attend, it is required that you inform Volunteer Services so that a substitute can be found if necessary.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age, with some maintenance experience.
  • Basic knowledge of safe work practices; Basic knowledge of hand tools and tools related to maintenance work.
  • Ability to work from ladders and boats.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Physical ability to work outside in the elements year round; Physical ability to bend, climb, kneel, reach, stoop preferred. Physical ability to carry, lift, pull / push weighted objects preferred.
  • Must be comfortable working in close proximity with animals including amphibians, birds, insects, large mammals and reptiles.
  • Willing to work in old clothes and shoes that will become dirty &/or wet.

Special Instructions

At the beginning of a Facilities shift, after signing in, report to the Facilities office.


  • New Volunteer Orientation
  • On-the-job training includes all of the above.


Direct supervisors: Facilities Director and Lead Volunteer
Also reports to Volunteer Services Staff

Please submit a volunteer application to the Volunteer Services Office.