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

Exhibit interpretation

Exhibit interpreters share their enthusiasm and the stories of our animals with Aquarium visitors; assist with feeding presentations; and support special events. They spend most of their time at our Life on the Edge, octopus and/or sixgill shark research station exhibits. With additional training and mentoring, interpreters may move throughout the exhibit galleries and focus on other exhibits such as the Pacific Coral Reef, Underwater Dome, Birds & Shores, and Marine Mammals.

Don’t know much about marine animals and their habitats? You can still volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium! All Aquarium volunteers receive extensive training about our marine animals and interpretive communication techniques to prepare for time spent in our exhibits. Volunteers are also assigned to a team of 10–15 volunteers, led by a staff marine science interpreter who shares the important work of actively engaging our guests. The minimum time requirement for exhibit interpreters is one four-hour shift every week for a minimum of six continuous months; shifts begin at 9am, 11am and 2pm seven days per week.

The training schedule for this opportunity is as follows (attendance at all sessions is mandatory - if you are unable to attend all sessions, you will be asked to attend a later orientation and follow-up training):


Saturday, September 17,2016

Training dates:

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 2016