The National Aviary is closed today, February 20, due to inclement weather.

The National Aviary is closed today, February 20, due to inclement weather.

Teen Virtual Reality Operator

A VR Operator is a front-line attendant to National Aviary’s flight simulation experience, Birdly. The VR Operator assists guests onto/off the machine and through the Birdly experience, start to finish. The primary goal is helping guests to have the safest and most enjoyable flight possible.

This position is ongoing but may be served for a short term to earn needed service hours.

Days needed: Saturday, Sunday, holidays or other peak days when National Aviary is open

Number of Hours needed: 32 hours minimum per school semester

Specific Time/Shift Requirements: 1:00 - 5:00 pm, weekends and holidays. Occasional other hours available. 

Volunteer responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality visitor engagement and guest hospitality.
  • Operate and facilitate guest interactions with Birdly, the National Aviary’s flight simulation experience.
  • Volunteers complete on-the-job training..
  • Commit to a schedule one month in advance.
  • May serve as a short term volunteer assignment to accumulate service hours. 


  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Submit an online application.
  • Participate in a 20-30 minute interview.
  • Be comfortable with technology and interacting with people of all ages. 
  • Have a clear criminal background check and child abuse history (if over 18).
  • Submit for FBI fingerprinting or sign waiver if eligible (for 18 and older).
  • Have reliable and convenient internet access.
  • Commit to a minimum of 32 hours.