Adult volunteers

Adult volunteer information

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. Volunteer diver 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.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Seattle Aquarium! We are currently not onboarding volunteers, but are planning a new volunteer onboarding series for early 2022. If you’re interested in joining our mailing list to be notified when we post our orientation and training dates, please submit your contact information.

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, we invite you to contact us at

Habitat interpretation
Evening event habitat interpreters
Life sciences

Service levels reached in 2020

In 2020, 876 volunteers donated 27,701 hours of service to the Seattle Aquarium, representing a donated value of over $709,500 toward our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

2019 volunteer hours and years

2020 volunteer hours and years