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Ocean Career Series

Ocean Career Series

When January 27, February 3 and February 10 at 3:30pm Pacific

Thank you for your interest in our Ocean Career Series!

If you have previously registered please check your email for links to our panels. We will be posting replays of each panel on our YouTube channel soon. Be sure to subscribe to our channel to be notified when the replays are added.

Resources: Career paths in the ocean and marine sciences


Volunteering/internships at the Seattle Aquarium

Volunteering or serving as an intern is a great way to gain experience to prepare for employment at an aquarium or zoo. Check out our volunteer webpage for more information about youth and adult volunteer opportunities as well as college internships.


Many jobs at the Seattle Aquarium and in the field of marine science require a college degree. Here in the Puget Sound region, the University of Washington’s College of the Environment offers programs in marine science. For a broader list of schools in the United States offering a marine science program,


Explore opportunities at the Seattle Aquarium on our careers webpage. If you’re looking for jobs/internships outside the Seattle area, the Association of Zoos & Aquariums maintains a job board with postings from across the country and world.

January 27: Birds and mammals

Cheryl Becker, animal care specialist
Sara Perry, animal care specialist
Aubrey Theiss, animal care specialist

Does your dream job involve providing enrichment for harbor seals or weighing out meals for shorebirds? Learn what inspired our three panelists to pursue their careers and what it took to get there—and hear fascinating details about what they do at the Aquarium each day.  

February 3: Fish and invertebrates

Brynn Fredrickson, aquarist
Nicole Killebrew, interpretation coordinator/diver
Andrew Sim, associate curator of fish and invertebrates

If you aspire to a job caring for some of the amazing animals that live below the surface, don’t miss this discussion. You’ll discover how each of our three panelists came to their roles at the Seattle Aquarium, what they needed to achieve to get there, and hear intriguing tidbits about their daily responsibilities.  

February 10: Research and field conservation

Dr. Lyda Harris, microplastics fellow
Dr. Erin Meyer, director of conservation programs & partnerships
Amy Olsen, laboratory specialist

Virtually meet three experts to learn what brought each of them to the Aquarium and about the work of our department of Conservation Programs & Partnerships. You’ll discover why an academic chose to do research at an aquarium; how an Aquarium employee was inspired to return to college and pursue an advanced degree; and how field research drives conservation programs in scientific institutions.

All three dates: college information

Get the inside scoop about the University of Washington’s College of the Environment's programs and opportunities—including fisheries science, marine biology and field studies—with UW Marine Biology Advisor Joe Kobayashi. He’ll share tips about how to prepare for college and details about a variety of programs and offerings.