• 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.

Major Gifts Officer

The Major Gifts Officer, a new position, will provide strategic leadership in identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding individual donors who support the Academy with major and planned gifts of $25,000 and above, contributing to the overall Leadership Philanthropy team goal of $18+ Million in annual unrestricted and restricted support. This is a unique opportunity for a development professional with demonstrated success in individual major gifts fundraising to join an expanding development team at a renowned scientific institution. This position is full-time and reports to the Associate Director, Major Gifts.

Specialty Program Manager

The Specialty Program Manager will oversee the Specialty Program Department and the development and execution of various specialty programs including but not limited to the following: tours, birthday parties, sleepovers, virtual programs as well as special requests from donors and VIP guests. This position reports to the Director of Sales and Business Partnerships and manages a team of Specialty Program Guides as well as a team of On Call Program Guides.


The California Academy of Sciences is hiring a recruiter, a new temporary position to join the HR team. This important role will provide their expertise in full-cycle recruitment by working closely with our hiring teams and candidates to fill various positions across the Academy as we reopen our doors to the public . This role will also bring their experience and skills to help us cultivate relationships and broadly share opportunities with various networks to build a diverse pipeline of underrepresented talent for current and future roles across the Academy. This is a unique opportunity for a recruiter with demonstrated success in recruitment best practices and using creative methods to attract candidates from underrepresented groups. This is a 6-month temporary position that reports to the Staffing Manager.