• 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.
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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

Academy scientists on a dive boat holding a specimen

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.

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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.

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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 explore, explain and sustain life on Earth.

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Career Spotlight

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

Digital Fundraising Manager

The Digital Fundraising Manager will focus on designing and implementing the Academy’s online fundraising strategy and work closely with our communications and membership teams to engage more Academy supporters. We’re looking for a creative, collaborative person that will enjoy working with colleagues across the organization and develop a strong, innovative program that is successful at helping us raise critical funds online. We are especially excited to invite and welcome candidates of all backgrounds and with a wide range of experiences to join us in achieving our goals.

Marketing Manager

The Marketing Manager helps develop and execute brand advertising, email marketing, and other marketing initiatives to promote the Academy and its offering and reports directly to the Marketing Director. 

Senior Accountant

The primary responsibility of the Senior Accountant is to ensure that transactions are properly reflected in the Academy’s general ledger on a timely basis in accordance with GAAP. The Senior Accountant also ensures that internal controls and reporting requirements are properly executed. This position reports to the Financial Accounting Manager.