Volunteer at VIMS

  • Seining  Volunteer Caroline Herath catches an American eel while seining with a group of students.  © S. Maples/VIMS.
  • Boat Tour  Volunteers learn about the marine environment durring an educational outing.  © S. Maples/VIMS.
  • Poquoson Seafood Festival  VIMS graduate student Hadley McIntosh staffs the VIMS booth during the Poquoson Seafood Festival.  © S. Maples/VIMS.
  • Group Tour  Graduate students Brandon Conroy and Jami Ivory interact with students during a tour of the Zooplankton Ecology Lab.  © S. Maples/VIMS.
  • Fisheries Collection  Professor Eric Hilton talks with a guest during a tour of the VIMS Fisheries Collection.  © S. Maples/VIMS.
  • After Hours Lecture  Professor Carl Hershner addresses the audience during a VIMS After Hours lecture.  © D. Malmquist/VIMS.
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Become more engaged with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science by volunteering. Volunteer positions are available with our outreach and educational programs and occasionally with specific research programs. 

Visit the William & Mary Volunteer Portal to view the avaiable volunteer positions. If you are interested in one or more positions, click the Apply button next to the position. Once you submit an application, the coordinator for that position will contact you. 

Requirements for each volunteer position vary, but general requirements for all VIMS volunteers are below: 

  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete safety training with the VIMS Safety Office before conducting any work as a volunteer
  • Complete required volunteer paperwork (check-in form, liability wiaver, emergency contact information)
  • A volunteer position may require you to committ to a certain number of hours, such as two hours per week, 15 hours per year, or more regular hours during a certain timeframe (summer, specific sampling period, etc.)

For general questions about volunteering at VIMS, please contact Sally Brooks at sabrooks@vims.edu or 804-684-7010.