• 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 an office 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

Marine biologist Gary Williams examining an invertebrate specimen on a boat in the Philippines

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 explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.


Our Commitment to You

Exhibits staff preparing an exhibit for the public floor

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

Two Academy interns goof off with a magnifying glass

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 explore, explain and sustain life on Earth.


Career Spotlight

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

Event Program Manager, NightLife

The NightLife Event Program Manager is responsible for successful programmatic development and execution of the Academy’s weekly NightLife event that draws 2,000+ attendees. The ideal candidate is creative and fearless with a talent for bringing innovative vision to large-scale event experiences. Key responsibilities include taking a lead role in theme development, curating dynamic and unique programming, and co-producing events from start to finish; refining the overall NightLife programming strategy and managing event partnerships and outreach.

Social Media and Digital Engagement Specialist

We're looking for an experienced, highly skilled Social Media and Digital Engagement Specialist to join our dynamic Digital Engagement team. Reporting to the Sr. Digital Engagement and Community Manager, you'll contribute directly to Academy digital-engagement efforts on a wide range of platforms; be responsible for significant paid social-media campaigns; use your expertise & creativity to help inform team strategy and content-creation; and support team efforts such as influencer programs, digital special-projects, & more. The ideal candidate is a strong writer with serious social-media skills who cares deeply about science & nature—& about better connecting humans to both.

Security Officer

This is a Security Officer position with a heavy emphasis on interaction with guests. The Security Officer reports to a Security Shift Supervisor and provides security, safety and guest services in both public and non-public areas of the Academy campus. The position requires good observation, discretion, professional writing, speaking and public relations skills. The physical ability to stand at indoor and outdoor posts, operate doors and climb stairs is required. This is an on-call position, hours are assigned on an as-needed basis and it is required to be available at least three times a week. Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays, the California Academy of Sciences is open to the public 365 days a year.