• 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.

On Call Specialty Programs Guide

Reporting to the Specialty Programs Supervisor, the On Call Specialty Programs Guide is responsible for providing expertly led “behind the scenes” tours of the Academy, including VIP Tours, NightLife VIP Tours and custom tours on an on call basis. Responsibilities may also include working and coordinating Specialty Programs events, including Penguins + Pajamas Sleepovers, Birthday Parties and Corporate events when necessary, as well as lead animal encounters.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Hope for Reefs

This Postdoctoral Researcher position will be part of the Academy's "Hope for Reefs" team, which includes staff from the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability (IBSS) and the Steinhart Aquarium, as well as many international partners. The successful candidate will report to the McCosker Chair of Aquatic Biology, and will leverage high-throughput sequencing methods to study ecosystem-wide patterns of diversity -from shallow to mesophotic depths- in tropical scleractinian corals. 

Automation Technician

The Automation Technician is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Building Management Systems (BMS) and Life Support Systems (LSS) automation systems, including hardware and software. This position will work directly with the Building Engineers, Electricians, Experience Engineering and Aquatic Biology departments.