Careers

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.

 

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

Sustainable

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

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Culture

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.

 

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History

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.

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Conservation

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.

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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

School and public programs manager

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a school and public programs (SPP) manager to join the Conservation Engagement & Learning team. The SPP manager defines and implements the vision and goals for the Seattle Aquarium’s instructor-led nonformal education programming targeted at school, family and public audiences. Current programming includes preschool programs, summer camps, school programming and some professional development for educators. Programs are conducted on site, at schools, in the field and virtually. The manager will lead the strategic exploration of new program areas, including Aquarium self-guided school programming, integrating empathy into socio-emotional learning standards, virtual engagement and a more robust teacher professional development program.

The position works closely with the director of Conservation Engagement & Learning, other managers within the Aquarium’s Conservation Engagement & Learning department, and colleagues throughout the Seattle Aquarium to ensure that the needs of our school, family and public audiences are met and that Aquarium programming and culture is equitable and inclusive.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the full school and public programs manager job posting.

Application deadline: Open until filled. Priority given to applications received by December 7.

Date needed: ASAP

Water Quality Manager

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a water quality manager to join the life sciences team. The manager will have a thorough understanding of water chemistry, water testing and disinfection technologies in recirculating aquarium/seawater systems intended to maintain healthy habitats for aquatic animal life. This is a full-time, salaried position that will report to the director of Life Sciences and will supervise water quality technicians. The position will work closely with the senior veterinarian and veterinary and animal care staff (curators, associate curators, senior aquarists and mammal and bird specialists) within the Life Sciences department. Coordination and collaboration with other department staff, including life support engineers, to be completed as needed.

This is a new position to manage and oversee the Aquarium’s expanding environmental and water quality (WQ) program and related operations of the WQ laboratories. The water quality manager oversees and participates in all activities associated with the sampling, testing and analysis of seawater and freshwater habitats across the Aquarium campus. This includes but is not limited to: performing and reporting water chemistry testing; ensuring appropriate quality control and maintenance of related equipment; integrating other relevant environmental data available to the Aquarium; analyzing results and trends to advise internal stakeholders and improve, where appropriate, testing and management procedures; providing continuing education opportunities for Aquarium staff and volunteers; and developing and applying efficient and sustainable analytic techniques and technologies to provide timely information about the habitats maintaining the animal populations.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the full water quality manager job posting.

Recruiting timeline:

  • Application deadline: January 12, 2022.
  • Initial interviews, using Zoom:  complete by January 28.
  • Final interviews, preferably on-site: complete by February 11.
  • Start date: March 1, 2022, ideally. 
Guest Services Representative—Part-time

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for two to three part time guest services representatives to join the team! The primary function of the guest services representative (GSR) is to work directly with the public to fulfill a variety of customer service responsibilities, such as greeting guests and selling admission tickets. This includes offering a high level of customer service to our guests, many of whom are tourists from around the world. GSRs use Acme Point of Sale (POS), a computerized ticketing and reservation system, for all transactions. GSRs provide information in person, as well as via computer and telephone, about exhibits, admission prices, memberships, education programs and events. 

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of six months’ cashiering experience, be customer-service oriented and possess strong communication skills. We are looking for people who are able to process transactions, make change accurately and quickly and maintain accurate financial records while serving our guests with a smile. As we work with people of all ages and backgrounds, we strive to handle situations with grace, empathy and a sense of humor, including those that may be complicated or challenging. Strong preference will be given for proficiency in a second language; Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Japanese is preferred.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the full guest services representative job posting.

Recruiting timeline:  

  • Application deadline: open until filled. Priority given to applications received by December 20.
  • Interviews: complete by January 10.
  • Start date: January 2022, ideally.
Human Resources Administrative Assistant—Part-time

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a human resources administrative assistant to join the human resources team for six to nine months. The human resources administrative assistant reports to the senior HR generalist and supports the day-to-day administration/operations of the human resources department. This position assists in the implementation of HR services, programs, tasks and projects, which shift throughout the year in collaboration with the HR team. This position contributes to the overall organization and culture by seeking to make the Aquarium and our programs more welcoming and inclusive for all. 

Candidates must be available for on-site work. This role has the possibility to work a hybrid schedule pending equipment availability. If this is mutually agreeable, a final candidate will need to provide their own internet connection, strong enough to take video calls regularly over work channels. The specific schedule and hours will be determined with the final candidate.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the full human resources administrative assistant job posting.

Recruiting timeline:  

  • Application deadline: Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by January 4, 2022. 
  • Interviews, using Zoom: complete by January 28.
  • Start date: February 2022, ideally. 
Senior marine science educator

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a senior marine science educator to join the school and public programs (SPP) team. This position will primarily be an implementer, schedule planner and curriculum-development support for all programs offered for the kindergarten through high school audiences within the SPP team, with priority given to outreach programming. The senior educator will work with the school outreach coordinator to lead and support staff while instructing programs in local schools and at local field sites, ensure the ongoing excellence of SPP programs, assist with the development of new programming, and assist with the scheduling of staff and resources as needed. We view this work through an equity lens, with the goal of removing barriers where they exist for members of the community to meaningfully engage with the Aquarium; to foster authentic, mutual relationships between the Aquarium and the community; and to bring diverse audiences together to achieve our mission. This work supports our strategic plan goal of inspiring conservation and making the Aquarium and its programs accessible and welcoming to all.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the full senior marine science educator job posting.

Recruiting timeline:

  • Application deadline: open until filled.
  • Resume review: early November.
  • Interviews: November and December.
  • Position start date: January 2022.
Volunteer engagement coordinator

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a volunteer coordinator to join the Volunteer Engagement team. The volunteer coordinator coordinates the development and operations of programs for adult volunteers within the Aquarium’s volunteer engagement program. The position will work with staff across departments to place and support the successful engagement of volunteers. The coordinator will assist the development of new programmatic elements that engage volunteers or members of the public in service and will supervise programs.

The volunteer coordinator will work with the volunteer engagement manager and staff throughout the Aquarium to ensure that the Seattle Aquarium meets the needs of volunteers and our various audiences. The successful candidate will be viewed as a trusted leader and advocate for volunteer service in support of the Aquarium’s mission.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the volunteer engagement coordinator job posting.

Recruiting timeline:  

  • Application deadline: open until filled; priority given to applications received by January 19, 2022. 
  • Interviews, using Zoom: complete by mid-February.
  • Start date: ideally March 2022. 
Corporate partnership officer

The corporate partnerships officer contributes to the success of the Seattle Aquarium by building corporate partnerships with and raising funds from corporations and corporate foundations to support general operating, programmatic and comprehensive campaign needs while working closely with staff, board members and other partners to achieve the annual and long-term fundraising goals of the organization. This position will expand and build upon the Aquarium’s reimagined corporate partnership program through cultivation and stewardship of corporate donors and foundations and their employees, as well as procurement of corporate gifts and grants. A successful candidate will be able to provide leadership on strategy and effective approaches, collaborate with Aquarium board members and colleagues across departments, and steward key donor and volunteer relationships. This position reports to the vice president of philanthropy and works closely with philanthropy grants officers and both associate directors. 

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the corporate partnership officer job posting.

Recruiting timeline:  

  • Application deadline: February 7. Priority given to applications received by January 28. 
  • Interviews: complete by February 28.
  • Start date: ideally March 2022.
Marine Science Interpreter

The Aquarium is looking for a full-time, benefitted marine science interpreter to join the Visitor Engagement team. Marine science interpreters are the leads in the habitats at the Seattle Aquarium. We oversee the interpretation volunteers, lead volunteer enrichments and interpret the habitats to Aquarium visitors both informally and during formal interpretive presentations. 

This position includes daytime, special event and evening event programming. Total allocation of job responsibilities includes approximately 75% volunteer supervision/presentations and 25% project/administrative work.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the marine science interpreter job posting.

Recruiting timeline:  

  • Application deadline: open until filled. Priority given to applications received by February 12.
  • First interview, using Zoom: complete by March 5.
  • On-site interview: complete March 12
  • Start date: March 30 (ideally).
IT Support Specialist

The IT support specialist provides support to the Seattle Aquarium staff and volunteers, including installation, maintenance and troubleshooting of hardware/software and other IT projects as assigned by the director of information technology. The position is responsible for the support and maintenance of technology systems. Additional responsibilities include monitoring and responding to incoming IT requests from staff and partners, diagnosing and resolving technical hardware and software issues, and overall end-user support. 

This position works Monday through Friday. Candidates must be able to work on-site four days per week with the option to work one day per week from home. The specific schedule and hours will be determined with the final candidate.  

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, please see the IT support specialist job posting.

Recruiting timeline:  

  • Application deadline: February 14. Priority given to applications received by February 4.
  • Interviews: complete by March 7.
  • Start date: March, 2022 (ideally).
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