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.

Our upcoming orientation and training schedule is shown below. New volunteers must attend one of the listed orientations, 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.

  • Sunday, January 19, 10am–11:30am.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 6–7:30pm.

*Please note, the above sessions are for adults who wish to join our exhibit interpretation, evening events interpretation, life sciences or diver volunteer programs only. If you are interested in volunteering as a Beach Naturalist or Cedar River Salmon Journey volunteer, please visit the Beach Naturalist or Cedar River Salmon Journey webpages for more information on their orientation and training schedules. If you are under 18 years of age or still in high school, you are not eligible for our adult volunteer program. Please visit the Youth Ocean Advocates site for information about our high school volunteer program.

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


Training dates:

Biology 1
  • Saturday, February 1, 9am to 3:30pm OR
  • Saturday, February 8, 9am to 3:30pm
Safety night
  • Monday, February 10, 6pm to 9pm OR
  • Wednesday, February 12, 6pm to 9pm
Biology 2
  • Saturday, February 29, 9am to 3:30pm OR
  • Sunday, March 1, 9am to 3:30pm
Graduation night
  • Tuesday, March 3, 6pm to 9pm OR
  • Wednesday, March 4, 6pm to 9pm

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 2018

In 2018, 1,251 volunteers donated 113,346 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.

2017 volunteer hours and years

2018 volunteer hours and years