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.

Current Openings

Guest services representative—temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for three guest services representatives to join the team! The primary function of the guest services representative (GSR) is to work directly with the public to fulfill a variety of customer service responsibilities, such as greeting guests and selling admission tickets. This includes offering a high level of customer service to our guests, many of whom are tourists from around the world. GSRs use Acme Point of Sale (POS), a computerized ticketing and reservation system, for all transactions. GSRs provide information in person, as well as via computer and telephone, about exhibits, admission prices, memberships, education programs and events. 

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of six months’ cashiering experience, be customer-service oriented and possess strong communication skills. We are looking for people who are able to process transactions, make change accurately and quickly and maintain accurate financial records while serving our guests with a smile. As we work with people of all ages and backgrounds, we strive to handle situations with grace, empathy and a sense of humor, including those that may be complicated or challenging. Strong preference will be given for proficiency in a second language; Spanish, Chinese, Korean or Japanese is preferred. Temporary GSRs are approved to work up to 1,000 hours per year.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, see the full guest services representative—temporary job description.

Date needed: ASAP.

Posting expires: Open until filled.

Operations/Life Sciences relief—part time

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a part-time Operations/Life Sciences relief staff member to join the team. This position furthers the Seattle Aquarium’s mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment through the management and care of the animals that make their homes at the Aquarium. This position is responsible for assigned husbandry duties in the Aquarium’s Fish & Invertebrate, Birds & Mammals and Engineering departments.

The position fills scheduled and short-notice open slots in the Life Sciences and Operations staffing schedules. This position is considered skilled backfill for full-time staff on all shifts, including working alone for the evening and overnight shifts. Schedule is not set and is dependent on vacancies or needs generated by project and fieldwork schedules and full-time staff vacancies, vacations and illness. This position is 20–30 hours per week.

To read a comprehensive list of essential functions, skills, abilities and other requirements, and to apply, see the full Operations/Life Sciences relief—part time job description.

Date needed: ASAP.

Posting expires: Wednesday, May 19, end of day.

Seattle Aquarium employee performing enrichment activities with harbor seal
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