Staff in a variety of animal costumes joyously jump in midair

The Academy is proud to offer a holistic benefits package that supports the health and wellbeing of our community. The Academy also provides benefits to assist employees with financial wellness and professional development.

Benefits and perks

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Medical, dental, and vision
The Academy offers competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits for full-time employees. Part-time employees are offered competitive medical and vision benefits. Some Academy health plans are covered at 100%.

The Academy provides all employees access to a 403(b) retirement plan. Employees may begin contributing to their retirement plan on the first of the month following their hire date. After one year of employment, the Academy will match 100% of an employee’s 403(b) contributions, up to 5% of the employee’s salary.

Commuter incentives
The Academy offers a pre-tax commuter benefit for transit and parking as well as an incentive for using alternative modes of transportation (walk, bike, carpool, or public transportation).

Reciprocal admission
Academy employees enjoy free admission to a variety of Bay Area museums, zoos, and aquariums.

Academy employees are eligible for free or discounted Academy memberships, as well as discounts at the Café, Terrace, and retail stores.

Professional development
The Academy offers opportunities for employees to build job-related skills through a variety of professional development courses and lectures.



The Academy is home to a variety of eclectic employee resource groups, clubs, and committees that plan events, organize community service activities, and explore the great outdoors.

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Academy Women in Excellence

AWE aims to empower our fellow female coworkers by connecting and developing through a professional—and fun!—learning network.

A group of veggie-loving staff enjoy a vegetarian community potluck at work.

Veggie Club

A group of veggie-lovers who share, celebrate, and explore plant-based diets through popular (and delicious) vegetarian potlucks.

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Culture Club

Culture Club aims to bring staff together by planning monthly events to mingle and be treated to food, drink, or fun activities.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DE&I's goal is to help build a diverse and inclusive work environment and act as an advisory committee to staff and leadership.

Pride club members march with a colorful banner


Pride advocates for LGBTQ welcoming practices to make the Academy a better place for LGBTQ staff and visitors alike.

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Staff Advisory Council

Every voice matters at the Academy. SAC is a vehicle for employees to voice concerns and participate in important issues.