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 2016

In 2016, 1,291 volunteers donated 99,124 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.

2016 volunteer hours and years

Adult Volunteers

Seattle Aquarium volunteers learn about the marine environment and their relationship to it. They share their time, meet people with similar interests and help guests understand the wonders of the marine world. The primary role of volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium is to enhance the guest experience through effective interpretation in exhibit areas.

Please join us at an upcoming orientation to learn more about our volunteer program and how you can become involved. During orientation, applicants will become acquainted with the Aquarium, the volunteer program and volunteer expectations and benefits; they will also be introduced to the role of interpreters and other volunteer opportunities.

Our next orientation sessions are scheduled for Sunday, April 1 from 10am to noon and Tuesday, April 3 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Please register in advance by emailing volunteers@seattleaquarium.org.

Click on the links below to learn more about each opportunity:
Exhibit interpretation
Life sciences

For more information:
Fill out this form
or email volunteers@seattleaquarium.org