Early closure alert!
The Aquarium will close early on Thanksgiving Day, November 26: last entry at 3pm; exhibits close at 4pm. The gift store will be open during business hours and the café will be closed.


Heartfelt thanks from the bottom of Elliott Bay!

From the bottom of their cold-blooded hearts, the fish and marine creatures of Puget Sound thank you for your interest in sharing their stories and teaching people to protect them. The Seattle Aquarium couldn't do it without people like you.


Service levels reached in 2014

In 2014, 1,282 volunteers donated 100,846 hours of service to the Seattle Aquarium, representing a donated value of over $2.2 million toward our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

2014 volunteer hours
2014 volunteer years

Life Sciences

After completing a minimum of 100 hours volunteering as an interpreter, we welcome our current volunteers to apply for openings within the life sciences department. Volunteers assist biologists with a variety of tasks including; exhibit maintenance, diet preparation, feeding, and monitoring animal behavior. Some positions require the use of a step ladder, heavy lifting (up to 50 pounds) and work in adverse conditions (cold and wet). Minimum time requirement is four hours every week; shifts begin at 8am. There are also a very limited number of afternoon and evening life science positions.

Please see Education and Interpretation for the current training schedule.