Maymont Bird Instructor


We are thankful for our hard-working volunteers.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Maymont volunteer. If you are at least 16 years of age and have a little time to spare, Maymont has a position for you! Check out our current list of opportunities and download a Volunteer Application. Questions? Email Maymont's Volunteer Coordinator or call 804-358-7166, ext. 327.

Volunteer hours provide Maymont with the equivalent of 11 full-time staff members. They are an integral part of our organization and serve in a number of capacities. Time commitments vary; special events volunteers may work only one or two days a year, while other volunteers work several hours a month.  Meet some of our volunteers and learn more about the wide variety of opportunities available.

Volunteer Opportunities

Animals & Habitats

The job of keeping Maymont's animals happy and healthy is not for the faint of heart, but if you don't mind getting a little dirty, this is a very gratifying job. Maymont is home to hundreds of animals, some of whom are orphaned or injured. Assist the zoology staff on their rounds to the Wildlife Exhibits and the Children's Farm and get a hands-on education about native Virginia animals and their care.

Gardens & Horticulture

Like playing in the dirt? Maymont's small team of professional horticulturists needs your help to maintain the estate's 100 acres. Garden volunteers can be found pruning, raking, planting, shoveling and weeding their way through the day, all to make Maymont's grounds and gardens more beautiful. No experience is necessary, we'll teach you as you go!

Maymont Mansion

From giving tours of the mansion to donning period costumes, Maymont Mansion volunteers are immersed in the Gilded Age. Volunteers enjoy learning, and teaching others, about Major and Mrs. Dooley, their grand home and much more. Mansion volunteers share a special camaraderie, and the staff strives to provide them with an enriching experience, complete with trips to fascinating places. Join our dedicated corps of volunteers and help open the door to our Victorian past.

Nature & Visitor Center

Otters, fish, turtles and more! Nature Center docents receive specialized training to work in the exhibits and with the animals. Visitor Center volunteers are our guests' first and best source of information, introducing them to Maymont's 100 acres. Nature & Visitor Center volunteers enjoy working alongside our top-notch team of zoologists and educators, and are critical to the ongoing success of this state-of-the-art facility.

Special Events

Helping children find Easter eggs, assisting vendors and visitors at Herbs Galore, guiding guests and receiving happy smiles. Choose to volunteer at one or all of Maymont's many annual events, and know that you are brightening the lives of the thousands who attend.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Free admission to the Nature Center
  • 10% discount on merchandise
  • Invitation to annual volunteer appreciation event
  • Subscription to the Volunteer Voice e-News
  • The knowledge that your contributions help keep Maymont free and open year-round