• Aquarium Biologist
  • Anthropology
  • Public Programs
  • CCG LAb
  • Planetarium Staff
  • Public Programs
  • Docents
  • Aquarium Staff
  • Research
  • Exhibits
  • Aquarium
  • Penguins

We are adventurous, collaborative, and dedicated to exploring important scientific questions about the nature and sustainability of life on Earth. Together we will create engaging experiences, develop innovative approaches to the most pressing scientific issues of our time, and enjoy a fun, diverse and inclusive environment. As our fearless Executive Director, Jon Foley, likes to remind us, we are the best team, working in the best city, in the world. 

Our Commitment to You and the Environment

Perks of working at the Academy include:

  • Inspiring and innovative organizational culture

  • Exciting and worthwhile mission

  • Community of like-minded people from diverse backgrounds

  • Frequent all-staff meetings to share updates on new exhibits, financial health, and staff recognition

  • Training & development opportunities

  • Career advancement opportunities

  • Breathe in the fresh air of Golden Gate Park that surrounds us

  • Over 160 years of financial stability

  • Regular staff fun events like: Pi Day pie baking contest, monthly staff happy hours in the Terrace restaurant, a Halloween costume walk-off, and more!

Once you're on board, you can look forward to:

  • Academy 101: An exciting week-long orientation program for employees—and get a multi-faceted, insider's view of the organization through behind-the-scenes tours and engaging activities. Recently, the Academy took huge strides to divest in fossil fuels, making us the first natural science museum in the country to do so.
  • Supervisor 101: Preparing our next generation of supervisors and engaging our new leaders to give them the tools, resources, and community to succeed.
  • Sustainability: We are the worlds first “Double Platinum” museum, committed to energy efficiency, reducing our carbon footprint, and preserving our natural world. We're committed to using clean energy sources and sustainable practices from composting to utilizing natural light in our workspaces. 
  • Community Involvement: ​Join a staff-run group such as the Staff Advisory Council or Toastmasters for rewarding opportunities for Academy community involvement.

Benefits and Perks

The Academy offers a comprehensive benefits package that supports employees in their efforts to manage major priorities like health care, wellness, retirement planning, and financial security for themselves and families.

Health and Wellness Programs

Being in Golden Gate Park, we are surrounded by fresh air, beautiful trails to hike or bike, and countless other outdoor opportunities. We offer on-site massage therapy, yoga classes, ergonomic evaluation, fitness-center discounts, and brown-bag sessions on a variety of health and wellness topics.

Academy Discounts

Employees receive full-year individual and family memberships as well as discounts on behind-the-scenes tours, NightLife events, and Academy store and café purchases.

Commuter Program

Employees receive a monthly subsidy or extra paid vacation by greening their commute through public transit, carpools, cycling, or walking.

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Volunteering at the Academy

Volunteering at the Academy

Prospective volunteers, we offer a wide range of opportunities to match nearly any interest, whether your preference is helping visitors to explore our exhibits, preparing specimens in our research collections, or caring for our aquarium tanks.

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Job Listings with our Academy Partners

Café and Terrace Positions
To apply for jobs in our Café and Terrace Restaurant, please email your resume directly to the Academy Restaurants.

The Terrace restaurant