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

Administrative Specialist

The administrative specialist will work to facilitate projects and programming in the Conservation Engagement & Learning department, including the Expanding Empathy for our Marine Environment (EEME) grant-funded project. The EEME project is a four-year, institution-wide program that consists of five interconnected projects with the goal of fostering empathy for conservation outcomes. The project is in its third of four years with an expected fifth-year extension.

The specialist will work with the director and the individual project leads to follow the existing project work plan. The specialist will monitor schedules and provide administrative support for project activities. Duties include meeting scheduling and management (agendas, notes, recordings) at the project and grant level, interfacing with other Aquarium departments and stakeholders, coding invoices for accounting, and working with the director and the Philanthropy department on grant reporting.

The administrative specialist will also work with the director of conservation engagement and learning to accomplish administrative tasks, including meeting scheduling, credit card management and invoicing, travel planning, and department reporting.

This is a full-time, hourly/nonexempt position with an internal title of grants and administrative specialist. Due to the pandemic, this position will work from home temporarily using tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and other technology. A computer will be provided, and the final candidate will need to provide their own internet connection, strong enough to take calls regularly over work channels.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, see the full Administrative Specialist job description.

Application deadline: July 11.

First interview, using Zoom: complete by July 16
Second interview, using Zoom: complete by July 23
Start date: as soon as possible.  

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