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


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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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.

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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

Staff Accountant

In alignment with Seattle Aquarium’s S.A.L.I.S.H. values, the staff accountant furthers Seattle Aquarium’s mission by managing revenue accounting and accounts receivable functions with proper internal controls, and by maintaining effective working relationships.

The staff accountant will work remotely upon hire. Later in the year, we anticipate this person working a combination of remote and on site. Candidates must be able to work from home, including having a reliable internet connection and suitable workspace. A computer will be provided for work purposes when hired.  

For more information and to apply, please see the full Staff Accountant job listing.

Posting expires: March 24, 2021

Marine science instructor—temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is hiring eight to 10 seasonal marine science instructors (MSIs) to join the school and public programs team. MSIs work with a professional team of marine educators to provide in-depth informal science programs serving K–12 students, teachers and lifelong learners in the greater Seattle area and beyond. Duties include instructing a diverse group of students and families in varied topics related to marine sciences and one world ocean conservation. Topics include data collection and scientific literacy, familiarity with the Pacific Northwest marine biome, communication and interpretation of species and exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium, and marine conservation in line with the goals of ocean stewardship programs of the Seattle Aquarium and its partners. 

*Please note, the marine science instructor position has been modified to meet our current operations and is subject to King County COVID-19 restrictions. Summer hours and programming are dependent on county guidelines. For more information on our pandemic operations, see the full job posting

For more information and to apply, please see the full Marine Science Instructor job posting.

Application deadline: Open until filled; priority given for applications received by March 7.  

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