• 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 explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.


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 explore, explain and sustain life on Earth.


Career Spotlight

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

Senior Communications Manager

As Senior Communications Manager, you will help integrate the Academy’s new strategic vision—which seeks to deepen connections to the natural world—into our visitor experience by developing and driving thoughtful public relations and communications campaigns to promote new exhibits and planetarium shows, aquarium news, weekly NightLife and virtual NightSchool series, and more. This role will also lead institutional communications efforts, working with a cross-functional group of communicators to ensure Academy news and key messages reach our various audiences in engaging and effective ways. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and access are deeply important values for the Academy—and we are looking for a candidate who is passionate about bringing those values to life through our communications outreach.

Student Programs Bilingual Educator, Cantonese-Speaking

Reporting to the Assistant Manager of School Programs, in the Teacher & Student Engagement Department, this position is responsible for facilitating the Academy’s onsite field elementary school field trip programs for San Francisco students and distance learning programs for students across the country. The overarching vision for the Teacher and Student Engagement group is that K-12 educators facilitate meaningful, co-constructed science experiences such that students are motivated and able to apply sustainable solutions to their lives. Approximately 20% of classes require some form of language support in Spanish, Cantonese or Mandarin. This position joins a team of bilingual educators; programs have been running for 8 years.