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


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.



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.


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.

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

Philanthropy Prospect Development Officer

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a prospect development officer to join the philanthropy team. The prospect development officer partners with the Seattle Aquarium’s vice president of philanthropy, campaign manager and deputy director of philanthropy, with an emphasis on major gift research and prospect management in support of the Aquarium’s capital campaign and annual and long-term fundraising activities. The prospect development officer manages the planning, design, execution, and communication of a comprehensive research program to optimize donor pipelines for the Seattle Aquarium. They are a strategic partner and internal consultant to other philanthropy colleagues and to fundraisers across the organization.

The ideal candidate has a bachelor’s degree, a minimum of three years’ experience in advanced prospect research and the demonstrated ability to analyze prospect data from a wide variety of sources including experience presenting the resulting information in a clear summary for the team. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication as well as a collaborative style. The full list of qualifications is listed below.

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

Senior Marine Science Educator

The senior marine science educator–public programs position reports to and works cooperatively with the public programs coordinator to oversee staff, instruct programs on-site and at local field sites, assist with the scheduling of staff and resources, and ensure the ongoing excellence of programs. In collaboration with team members and cross-departmental staff, this position will also play a key role in supporting the growth of existing programs and development of new public programs that meet our mission outcomes and fit the needs of our various audiences. This work supports our strategic plan goal of inspiring conservation, and making the Aquarium and its programs accessible and welcoming to all.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: October 22, 2018

Maintenance Lead

The Seattle Aquarium is hiring a maintenance/custodial lead to join the facilities team. Working in partnership with the second maintenance lead, this position takes the lead in maintenance and janitorial services activities at the Seattle Aquarium. Maintenance leads assist the facilities manager with the oversight, training and coordination of the schedules and activities of the maintenance/custodial staff on a day-to-day basis, ensuring the highest level of cleanliness and customer service for our guests. You will act as a role model for the delivery of guest/customer service and follow all safety protocols. Lead activities and training of staff will account for about 25 percent of your time and will be balanced with time spent performing normal maintenance/custodial duties.

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Posting expires: Open until filled

School outreach coordinator

The school outreach coordinator (SOC) will lead the daily operations and development of off-site school programs for the preK–12 audience within school and public programs (SPP). The SOC will supervise permanent and seasonal staff while they are on-site and instructing outreach programming, ensure the ongoing excellence of outreach programs, and develop new outreach programming as needed. This position requires regular outreach travel and field-based instruction. The Seattle Aquarium aims to engage all people and communities that live and work along the shores and in the watersheds of Puget Sound to meet our mission—Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment—with an understanding that “our” means everyone’s marine environment. This is particularly important because environmental degradation disproportionately affects communities of color and low-income communities, and because environmental challenges will not be solved without bringing to bear the knowledge, skills and diverse views of the entire human community.

The successful candidate will bring the following to our team of professional educators: enthusiasm for marine science and education; an ability to work collaboratively in a team setting; strong networking and communication abilities; and excellent interpersonal skills for working with teachers, students and the general public.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Thursday, October 11, 2018

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