Heartfelt thanks from the bottom of Elliott Bay!

Since the Seattle Aquarium opened in 1977, volunteers have contributed over one million hours of service supporting our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment. Simply put, the Seattle Aquarium would not be what it is without our talented, dedicated and passionate volunteers—amazing and generous people who are interested in learning more about the marine world around them, getting their hands dirty, and inspiring others to conserve our precious, one world ocean.


Service levels reached in 2015

In 2015, 1,335 volunteers donated 100,032 hours of service to the Seattle Aquarium, representing a donated value of over $2.3 million toward our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

2015 volunteer hours and years

Adult Volunteers

Volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium learn about the marine environment and their relationship to it. They share their time, meet people with similar interests and assist guests in appreciating the unique qualities and valuable education the Aquarium has to offer. The primary role of volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium is to enhance the guest experience through effective interpretation in exhibit areas.

When you're ready to make your initial commitment join us at an upcoming orientation. During orientation applicants will become acquainted with the Aquarium, the volunteer program and volunteer expectations and benefits; they will also be introduced to the role of interpreters and other volunteer opportunities. Our next orientation is scheduled for Saturday, September 17, 2016, 10am–noon.

Click on the links below to learn more about each opportunity:
Exhibit interpretation
Life sciences

For more information:
Fill out this form
or email volunteers@seattleaquarium.org