The Seattle Aquarium is much, much more than the exhibits, animals, activities and experiences that bring hundreds of thousands of people to our facility each year—our passionate staff members are a key element of what sets us apart. We're firmly committed to hiring highly skilled, talented and motivated people who genuinely want to contribute to our shared success. We seek out employees who lead by example, acting with truth, sincerity and fairness in all decisions. We have a positive, visionary view of our organization and its future, and hope you will join in our commitment to our mission, service and quality.

The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal-opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. As we move forward, we are committed to making the Aquarium a diverse, inclusive and welcoming space for our staff, partners, audiences and community as a whole.


Current openings

Our S.A.L.I.S.H. Values


Adopting and promoting, internally and externally, practices that improve ocean health.

Awe inspiring

Creating captivating experience for all audiences.

Learning & improving

Fostering, evaluating and applying knowledge and discovery.

Inclusive community

Recognizing that diversity is critical to achieve our mission.

Scientific Integrity

Ensuring our credibility with evidence-based practices.

Honoring place

Using our location and history as a lens for larger understanding.

What Sets Us Apart

Seattle Aquarium volunteers

The Seattle Aquarium works to ensure that we are inclusive and welcoming to all segments of the community. We strive to have our audience reflect the diversity of our region, including underserved populations and groups, and have developed inclusive outreach and community engagement/action programs to help us toward that goal.


Historic photo of Pier 59

The Seattle Aquarium is the ninth largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and among the top five paid visitor attractions in the Puget Sound region. Since our opening, we’ve hosted over 22 million visitors and provided marine conservation education to over 1.6 million school children. We’re proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Seattle Aquarium employees preparing to dive

The Seattle Aquarium aims to be a leader in conservation and education, defining the role of a great Aquarium in the 21st century as a catalyst for public engagement. Our focus is on making an impact: through our programs, partnerships, outreach efforts and more—helping people learn to love Puget Sound and Earth’s one big ocean, while galvanizing them to take action to protect these precious resources.

Seattle Aquarium volunteers

Great Benefits

We are invested in providing high-quality, comprehensive benefits and understand their importance for you and your family. Full-time staff enjoy the following benefits:

  • Medical*, vision* and dental coverage
  • An employer-funded health reimbursement account*
  • Access to medical- and dependent-care flexible spending accounts*
  • Basic life insurance
  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Access to voluntary life insurance
  • 403b retirement plan with employer matching funds*
  • Subsidized ORCA pass*
  • Family Plus membership*
  • Participation in annual variable pay program*
  • Generous paid time off

*Part-time staff are eligible for these benefits.

Current Openings

Director of Marketing and Communications

The director of marketing and communications reports to the president/CEO and is a member of the Aquarium’s executive team. The role oversees all institution-wide integrated marketing and communications strategies and plans, brand presentations, applications and communications. Supervises marketing and communications staff functions including graphic design, print, copy, production and digital media (including web, social and email distribution). This position also co-staffs the board advancement committee to engage the board in marketing and fundraising efforts in support of our mission.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Open until filled.

Op's/Life Science Relief

The part time Operations/Life Sciences Relief position furthers the Seattle Aquarium’s mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment through the management and care of our animal collection. The part time Operations/Life Sciences Relief position is responsible for assigned husbandry duties in the SA’s Fish and Invertebrate, Birds and Mammals and Engineering Departments. The part time Operations/Life Sciences Relief position fills scheduled and short-notice open slots in the Life Sciences and Operations staffing schedule. This position is considered skilled backfill for full-time staff on all shifts, including working alone for the evening and overnight shifts. Schedule is not set and is dependent on vacancies or needs generated by project and fieldwork schedules, fulltime staff vacancies, vacations and illness. Works 20–30 hours per week.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by 5/31. 

On-Call AV/Event Representative—temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for an on-call AV tech/event representative to join the marketing and events team. This position furthers our mission of Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment by overseeing a wide variety of evening rental and event functions in the Aquarium facility, from intimate weddings to 1,500-person parties; while representing the Aquarium with the highest standards during the hours immediately before, during and after an event. This role serves as an on-call backup to both the AV technician and event representative.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Open until filled.

Youth Engagement Coordinator

The Seattle Aquarium is hiring a youth engagement coordinator to join the volunteer engagement team in the conservation engagement & learning department. The position will be responsible for a suite of service-based programs for high-school- and middle-school-aged youth, including the Youth Ocean Advocate (YOA) volunteer program, the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) and additional youth volunteer opportunities. These programs value the diverse young people of our region as partners and leaders in ocean conservation. The coordinator will plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate all aspects of youth service-based programs and supervise two to three part-time youth engagement mentors to deliver programming.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Open until filled.

Seattle Aquarium employee performing enrichment activities with harbor seal
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