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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%.

Retirement
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 up to 5% of an employee’s 403(b) contributions.

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.

Discounts
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.

Yoga and Massage
Weekly onsite yoga and chair massage available at substantially discounted rates.

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Culture

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.”

-Leah, Guest Experience

Beer club sampling brews at a club outing

Beer Club

“We get together monthly at a local watering hole where we exchange tales and sip ales. The only requirement is your love for beer. Cheers!”

-Tracy, Education

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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.”

-Jenica, External Affairs

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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.

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Pride

“We advocate for LGBTQ welcoming practices to make the Academy a better place for us to work and for our Family to visit.”

-Annette, Exhibits

A Staff Advisory Council meeting in an Academy board room

Staff Advisory Council

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

-Brynn, Executive Office