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

Internships at the Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium internship program is designed for those with a strong desire to move into the zoo/aquarium field as a career path. Our internship is an in-depth program requiring a minimum commitment of 400 hours (maximum of 500 hours) in at least 10 weeks but no more than 13 weeks (32-40 hours per week).

Summer 2016 internship
Begins in June 2016
Applications accepted until 3/10/16
Interviews: April 12-15, 2016
Decision: April 26, 2016

Fall 2016 internship
Begins in September 2016
Applications accepted until 6/21/16
Interviews: July 19-21, 2016
Decision: August 5, 2016


For an application packet, please see our Document Library under the "Volunteering & College Internships" section.

For more information please contact:

Katrina Bettis
Email: k.bettis@seattleaquarium.org
Or call: (206) 693-6112

Volunteer Office
Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101