• Academy biologists hold newborn African penguin chicks
    Steinhart Aquarium biologists care for over 38,000 animals—from penguin chicks to jellyfish.
  • An ornithologist examines a bird of prey specimen in the Academy collections.
    With nearly 46 million scientific specimens, Academy research collections are some of the most important records of life on Earth.
  • A public programs presenter shows a fossil to a young guest
    Academy educators inspire a love of science for 100,000+ students every year.
  • Academy curator Shannon Bennett pictured in her lab
    Cutting-edge research is conducted daily at the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability.
  • A group of cheerful docents in orange lab coats show off animal specimens
    Highly trained Academy docents have been engaging and inspiring guests on the public floor since 1969.

When you share a workspace with over 38,000 live animals, you know you work somewhere special. Join the team at the California Academy of Sciences and make a difference for your career—and the planet.

Work With the Best

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Educators. Scientists. Designers. Biologists. At the Academy, you can make your passion your profession.

From discovering new species to designing interactive exhibits, Academy employees embody our mission to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration.


Our Commitment to You

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Health insurance is just the beginning.

The Academy provides a comprehensive benefits package that supports medical and financial wellness. In addition, a wide variety of perks and staff clubs help build careers and nourish community.


Strength in Diversity

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Science brings us together. Collaboration, diversity, and inclusion make us stronger.

The Academy is committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment in which diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated. We believe in creating a culture in which all individuals feel respected, are treated fairly, are able to achieve a desirable work-life balance, and have the opportunity to excel.

Our vision is a collaborative workplace that encourages all team members to draw on their unique experiences and backgrounds to generate ideas. This diversity of perspectives allows us to best realize our mission to regenerate the natural world through science, learning, and collaboration.


Career Spotlight

Exciting job opportunities abound—learn more about our latest openings below.

Exhibit Coordinator 

The Exhibit Coordinator assists in the organization and management of exhibitions, project teams, professional contracts, budgets, and overall administration of the Academy's Exhibit Studio. The Exhibit Coordinator reports to the Interim Director of Exhibits, and will assist in the planning, coordination, and execution of long-term and temporary exhibitions. Working closely with the department’s Exhibit Project Managers, the Exhibit Coordinator will also implement a variety of deadline-driven project tasks and coordination efforts.

Exhibit Project Manager

The California Academy of Sciences seeks an Exhibit Project Manager who is innovative, solutions-oriented, highly organized, and adept at managing exhibition projects from concept through execution. This includes managing scope, schedule, and budget for all phases of assigned projects, as well as managing and tracking the integration of exhibition elements being produced externally by vendors and internally by the exhibits team and a number of in-house departments. 

Government Affairs Coordinator

The Government Affairs Coordinator will foster and steward Academy relationships with the City and County of San Francisco, as well as local external community and civic partners. They will monitor developments in local policy and events relevant to the Academy. This position will also manage City-funded grants, projects with aligned City agencies, and direct the internal process for developing City capital requests and City General Fund support.