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.

Seattle Aquarium employees preparing to dive

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

Curator of Birds and Mammals

The Birds and Mammals (BAM) team comprises seven animal care specialists and an associate curator, who are responsible for managing sea otters, harbor seals, northern fur seals, North American river otters, a variety of alcid and shorebird species, and a small number of fish and invertebrate species that inhabit the exhibits. The curator is responsible for this team, the care and welfare of the animals, and managing an annual budget of approximately $1 million.

In alignment with the Seattle Aquarium’s mission and S.A.L.I.S.H. values, the curator will provide leadership, management and continuous improvement of the BAM team’s animal care specialists and animal husbandry programs. The curator is responsible and accountable for the day-to-day operations of the BAM team.

For more information and to apply, please see the full Curator of Birds and Mammals job posting.

Posting expires: Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Night-shift Facilities/Life Sciences technician

The Seattle Aquarium seeks a full-time, night-shift Facilities/Life Sciences technician to provide essential coverage overnight, from 11pm until 7am, five shifts per week. This role provides essential services by bridging the job duties performed by the evening biologist and the Life Sciences/operations staff, in accordance with established company policies and procedures. In addition to scheduled shifts, may be called upon to provide relief for additional vacancies in the Facilities department when necessary and with appropriate notice.

This is a very independent position which requires a high degree of self-motivation. The technician provides support and technical expertise for a variety of maintenance/repair activities and coordinates work with skilled crafts and other departments under the supervision of the Aquarium engineer. Responsibilities include presenting a high level of dependability and accountability across all assigned tasks, effectively communicating and collaborating across departments, coping with change and operating at times in environments of uncertainty, utilizing good judgment and experience when solving complex problems, and demonstrating a willingness to learn new methods and approaches to challenges. The night-shift Facilities/Life Sciences technician is also expected to respond to emergencies on an as-needed basis.

For more information and to apply, please see the full Night-shift Facilities/Life Sciences technician job posting.

Application deadline: open until filled, priority will be given to applications received by Wednesday, November 11.

Seattle Aquarium employee performing enrichment activities with harbor seal
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