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.

 

Current openings

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.

 

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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

Night-shift facilities/life sciences tech

The Seattle Aquarium seeks a full-time, night-shift facilities/life sciences technician to provide essential coverage overnight, from 11pm until 7am. The night-shift facilities/life sciences technician bridges the job duties performed by the Aquarium evening biologist and the life sciences/ operations staff, in accordance with established company policies and procedures. The technician provides support and technical expertise for a variety of maintenance/repair activities and coordinates work with skilled crafts and with other departments under the supervision of the Aquarium engineer.

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

Grant and Administrative Coordinator

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a part-time grant and administrative coordinator (GAC). This position will work as the primary project manager for the Expanding Empathy for our Marine Environment (EEME) grant-funded project. Using the work plan submitted to the grantor as a foundation, the GAC will develop and manage an adaptive plan to accomplish the established outcomes of the five interrelated projects that make up the EEME grant.

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 2019 camp season a big success. CLIs lead and 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, to instructing classes with participants whose ages vary from early childhood to teen (generally 4 to 14 years old) is essential.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by 3/25. 

Camp counselor—temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is hiring four camp counselors to join the summer camp team! Camp counselors (CCs) are role models who work with a professional team of camp staff, high school volunteers, campers and their families. Counselors carry out the workaday procedures of camp while occasionally supporting the lead instructor in administrative tasks. They act as models and mentors in marine science, conservation and empathy. Campers range in age from 4 to 14 years and are grouped by age. CCs work with all ages of campers while leading groups of up to 11 (usually 10).

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: Open until filled. Preference will be given to applications received by 3/25. 

Empathy Fellowship Coordinator

The Seattle Aquarium is hiring an empathy fellowship coordinator to join the community engagement team. This position will design and implement a program to engage communities typically underrepresented among staff of aquariums and zoos, and in the environmental field in general, through a paid and benefitted fellowship program. Four fellows each year working in three one-year cohorts starting in 2020 will collaborate with Aquarium staff and work in their communities to develop and deliver empathy-themed programming.

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

On-Call AV/Event Representative—temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for an on-call AV tech/event representative to join the marketing and events team. This position furthers our mission of Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment by overseeing a wide variety of evening rental and event functions in the Aquarium facility, from intimate weddings to 1,500-person parties; while representing the Aquarium with the highest standards during the hours immediately before, during and after an event. This role serves as an on-call backup to both the AV technician and event representative.

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

Guest services representative—temporary

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a few 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 all 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.

For more information and to apply, click here.
Posting expires: March 29, 2019

Marine Science Interpreter—temporary

Temporary marine science interpreters are shift supervisors in the exhibits at the Seattle Aquarium, leading our interpretation volunteers and engaging guest through hands-on activities, formal interpretive presentations and casual conversations. This position will primarily work daytime, cart-based activities, and evening event shifts. These staff 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: Monday, March 25, 2019 

Marine Science Educator

The Seattle Aquarium is hiring a part-time marine science educator to join its school and public programs team. The marine science educator position reports to on-site school programs coordinator, and will also work cooperatively with the public programs coordinator. During the school year (September through mid-June), this position will work with on-site school programs. During the summer (mid-June through August), this position will work with the summer camp program. The marine science educator will work with both coordinators to ensure the ongoing excellence of on-site classroom, workshop, camp and family programs. The educator will assist with the logistics, updates and program content development and delivery. This position will play a key role in supporting the growth of programs and development of new programs that meet our mission outcomes and fit the needs of our various audiences.

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

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