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

Seattle Aquarium volunteers

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.

Seattle Aquarium volunteers

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

Marine science interpreter

Temporary marine science interpreters are shift supervisors in the exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium, leading our interpretation volunteers and engaging guests through formal interpretation and casual conversations. This position will primarily work daytime, interpretive and volunteer support shifts. These staff members will provide coverage for last-minute schedule changes and vacation requests, most often Thursday–Monday, in addition to working regularly scheduled hours; flexibility in scheduling is required.

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

Marine science interpretive diver—part time

The Seattle Aquarium’s visitor engagement team is hiring a part-time marine science interpretive diver to join the team. The Aquarium aims to engage all people and communities that live and work along the shores and in the watersheds of the Salish Sea to meet our mission—Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment—with an understanding that “our” means everyone’s marine environment.

Marine science interpretive divers are the leads in the exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium. They oversee the interpretation volunteers, lead volunteer enrichments, and interpret the exhibits to Aquarium guests both informally and during formal interpretive presentations.

This position also includes delivering the underwater interpretive shows in our Window on Washington Waters, Underwater Dome and Tropical Pacific exhibits, as both divers and dry-side interpreters. This includes daytime, special-event and evening-event programming. Total allocation of job responsibilities includes approximately 50% volunteer supervision/presentations, 25% project/administrative work and 25% interpretive diving.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Open until filled; priority given to candidates who apply by October 15, 2020, end of day.

Seattle Aquarium employee performing enrichment activities with harbor seal
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Seattle Aquarium volunteer