Employment Opportunities

The Tennessee Aquarium is committed to creating a positive, challenging and rewarding work environment.

We are an equal employment opportunity employer and strive for diversity in all jobs and at all levels in the organization. Our policy is to accept applications only for specific job vacancies as posted below. 

Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to provide status updates for individuals. The applicants selected for further consideration will be contacted by the hiring manager.

Apply in person:

IMAX 3D Theater Center
201 Chestnut Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Monday – Friday
9 a.m. - noon & 
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fax or mail a copy of your resume along with a completed application stating the position you are applying for to:

Tennessee Aquarium
Attn: Leah Wilson
P.O. Box 11048
Chattanooga, TN 37401-2048

Fax: (423)756-1849          
E-mail: ldw@tnaqua.org


There are no full-time positions currently available.




This position provides swing coverage in both horticultural and avicultural aspects of exhibits throughout the Aquarium.  Duties include direct daily care of plants and birds ensuring the health and well being of both groups and the daily maintenance of exhibit and off exhibit areas. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Carries out daily care of plants both on and off exhibit including w​​atering, leaf cleaning, fertilization, pest management, pruning, soil care and improvement as well as the installation and removal of plants.

  • Assists Horticulturists in training and supervision of volunteer horticulture staff and covers areas when volunteers are absent.
  • Prepares and feeds bird diets, maintains exhibits and off-exhibit enclosures and monitors  birds within area of responsibility.
  • Maintains appropriate records.                
  • Performs work in a manner that fosters the Aquarium’s mission and reflects its core values and service standards    

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assists in areas assigned to other forest staff in their absence.                
  • Assists in developing new exhibits.    

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of and skills in plant culture including watering, fertilization, pruning, pest control, and plant propagation
  • Ability to work in mixed species exhibits.
  • Ability to work in awkward and slippery environments involving strenuous activity.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptive to variation in daily routine.
  • Ability to be a team player and communicate positively and effectively with all members of the Aquarium team
  • Weekend work required. Twenty hours per week.

Educational/Experience Requirements

  • Interest in and ability to develop skills in horticulture and aviculture.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skills in horticulture and aviculture preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, horticulture, ornithology or zoology preferred.

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment
  • Frequent wet and slippery surroundings
  • Frequent hot or cold settings
  • Frequent exposure to odors, etc.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds
  • Climbing ladders
  • Working in cramped and awkward spaces requiring crouching and crawling

Education Gallery Associate

All inquiries must be received by September 24, 2014

This position is an every other weekend shift working Saturday & Sunday. Duties include engaging guests by delivering educational and entertaining programs.  Providing animal encounters for our guests and working touch tanks. Carries out the mission and vision of the Tennessee Aquarium by helping guests experience the Aquarium’s exhibits and animal collection. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Engage guests at Aquarium encounter exhibits using public address system. 
  • Engage guests throughout the Aquarium using live animals and props.
  • Assist Education staff with various projects and activities including gallery programs, dive and penguin shows and narrations and behind the scenes tours.
  • Assist with exhibit interpretation using public address system at priority exhibits.
  • Executes and maintains core values and service standards

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend Education Department events, meetings and training sessions when applicable. Assist the Aquarium with various events, promotions and community activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Friendly and open manner with people 
  • Positive attitude
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and high comfort level with public speaking
  • Ability to quickly learn science-based information focusing on Aquarium exhibits
  • Good sense of humor and professionalism
  • Ability to work comfortably with children and adults often in large crowds
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Reliable
  • Ability to be flexible with daily work routine
  • Ability to work with live animals such as large birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and encounter exhibit animals such as sharks, stingrays and sturgeon
  • Ability to wear full-body Aquarium character costumes if needed

Educational/Experience Requirements

  • Science background via education or experience preferred 
  • Experience working with the public (presentation/performance experience a plus)
  • Animal handling experience a plus

Working Conditions

  • Indoor environment that may be warm or cool, and occasionally wet. 
  • Occasional outdoor environment
  • Crowded environment
  • Weekend and holiday work rotation
  • Frequent walking, stooping and lifting
  • Standing for extended periods
  • Talking for extended periods