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.

 

Historic photo of Pier 59
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.

Though the Aquarium is temporarily closed, we’re still hiring for our summer camp season. Please keep in mind that delays in the hiring process are probable. Interviews with invited candidates will take place on the Zoom teleconference system.

Current Openings

Camp counselor—temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is hiring four camp counselors (CCs) to join the summer camp team! CCs carry out the daily procedures of camp while occasionally supporting the lead instructor in administrative tasks. They act as role models and mentors in marine science, conservation and empathy. CCs work with all ages of campers while leading groups of up to 11 (usually 10).

Marine summer camps fulfill the Seattle Aquarium’s mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment through engaging, inclusive and fun educational experiences. Campers range in age from 4 to 14 years and are grouped by age for a total of 20 campers per session. Each session is led by one camp lead instructor and two CCs, with youth volunteers and admin staff as support. Activities take place at Seattle Aquarium and various off-site locations. The camp day runs 9am–4pm with before and after-care options.

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

Relief veterinarian

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a relief veterinarian to join the Life Sciences team. This position is responsible for providing veterinary services for the Seattle Aquarium’s (SEAQ’s) animal collection, supporting the senior veterinarian during veterinary procedures and providing on-site coverage when the senior veterinarian is away from the Aquarium. This position will be working in the SEAQ’s Life Sciences department caring for sea otters, harbor seals, northern fur seals, North American river otters, alcids and shorebirds, fish and invertebrates, and sea turtles in rehabilitation.

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

Lead Camp Instructor - temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for two camp lead instructors (CLIs) to help make our 2020 camp season a big success. The CLI’s primary roles are to oversee all operations of their assigned camp sessions; carry out curriculum (created in advance); and lead the camp counselors, volunteers and children in their assigned camp sessions. CLIs are expected to establish positive relationships with summer program staff, volunteers, interns, campers and families. Each day varies greatly. Willingness to adapt from office tasks, to guiding camp staff and volunteers, and instructing classes with participants whose ages vary from early childhood to teen is essential.

CLIs will carry out their nine weeks of assigned session schedules and all activities. CLIs maintain the same room and lead the same two staff camp counselors all nine sessions. Rotating each session, CLIs may have up to two high school volunteer counselors and up to 22 (usually 20) campers per week.

Marine summer camp fulfills the Seattle Aquarium’s mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment through engaging, inclusive and fun educational experiences. Campers range in age from 4 to 14 years and are grouped by age for a total of about 20 campers per session. Each session is led by one CLI and two camp counselors, with youth volunteers and admin staff as support. Activities take place at Seattle Aquarium and various off-site locations. The camp day runs 9am-4pm with before- and after-care options.

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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