Adult volunteers

Adult volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Seattle Aquarium! Volunteers significantly contribute to the Aquarium’s mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, by serving as conservation leaders while gaining knowledge and developing new skills.

Please join us at an upcoming orientation to learn more about our volunteer program and how to get involved. During orientation, applicants will become acquainted with the Aquarium, the volunteer program, our current volunteer opportunities and volunteer expectations and benefits.

In addition to orientation, we conduct 15- to 20-minute interviews with all prospective Aquarium volunteers. The interviews are led by experienced Aquarium volunteers and serve as an opportunity for us to learn about you—and also give you a chance to ask questions of someone who is already serving in a volunteer role at the Aquarium. We will begin scheduling interviews about two weeks before the orientation dates and offer both weekend and weekday interview options. Dive applicants who are invited to complete the checkout dive will not have to complete an interview.

New volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation, complete an interview and complete the full series of new volunteer trainings to begin volunteering with the Seattle Aquarium. If you are unable to complete the full series of trainings, you will be asked to join us for the next series of volunteer trainings.



Our next orientation will take place in fall 2021. Orientation and training dates will be announced as we approach fall.

If you would like to be notified once the orientation and training dates have been announced, please provide your contact information.


  • Sunday, March 29, 10am–2:30pm.*
  • Sunday, April 5, 10–11:30am.
  • Wednesday, April 8, 6–7:30pm.

*Please note, the March 29 orientation is for divers who have been invited to the check out dive only. Please fill out and submit a diver experience form by 5pm on March 6 for consideration.

To register for an upcoming orientation, please fill out the volunteer interest form below.

Training dates:

Training will take place in the fall and winter of 2021. Please check back for our upcoming training dates.


Please see the links below to learn more about each of our volunteer roles. If you have questions about volunteer opportunities at the Seattle Aquarium, please contact us at

Exhibit interpretation
Evening event exhibit interpreters
Life sciences

Service levels reached in 2019

In 2019, 1,251 volunteers (524 of them new) donated 113,423 hours of service to the Seattle Aquarium, representing a donated value of over $2.8 million toward our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

2018 volunteer hours and years

2019 volunteer hours and years