Adult volunteers & internships

Service levels reached in 2017

In 2017, 1,288 volunteers donated 103,346 hours of service to the Seattle Aquarium, representing a donated value of over $2.4 million toward our mission: Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment.

2017 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 volunteer roles.

Our next orientations are scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 10am to noon and Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Please register for an orientation in advance by emailing

For more information:
Fill out this form or email

See the links below to learn more about each of our volunteer opportunities.

Exhibit interpretation
Life sciences

Internships at the Seattle Aquarium

The Seattle Aquarium internship program is designed for those with a strong desire to move into the zoo/aquarium field as a career path. Our internship is an in-depth program requiring a minimum commitment of 400 hours (maximum of 500 hours) in at least 10 weeks but no more than 13 weeks (32-40 hours per week).

For an application packet, please click on the links below:
Birds & Mammals Team application
Fish & Invertebrate Team application

For more information please contact:

Dave Glenn
Or call: (206) 693-6112

Volunteer Office
Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101

Birds & Mammal Team application deadlines for 2019
Fish & Invertebrate Team application deadlines for 2019