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 and background check release form 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 available at this time




Gift Shop Sales Associate

General cashiering duties and sales transaction accounting; assisting shop customers; stocking and straightening merchandise and related inventory duties. 

Two years cashiering experience preferred; a friendly and open manner with people; capacity to work well under pressure and availability to work a flexible schedule beginning mid-March through mid-August. Weekends and some weekdays required.

Hourly; Seasonal

Admissions Cashier

The Tennessee Aquarium is seeking an energetic individual to perform general cashiering/cash control duties, including reconciling cash drawers plus have the ability to upgrade Aquarium only sales to combination tickets.  Must be able to work weekends.  

Two years cashiering experience; excellent sales communication skills and ability to be proactive and persuasive in terms of communicating available options and maximizing sales opportunities; excellent math skills; accurate keyboarding; computer literacy; and availability to work a flexible schedule.

Seasonal; Hourly

River Gorge Explorer Tour Guide Naturalist

Delivers an entertaining and educational script with enthusiasm while aboard the Tennessee Gorge Explorer.  Carries out the mission of the Aquarium through helping people gain an appreciation and better understanding of the world, particularly freshwater ecosystems, and a sense of stewardship for the earth and all its resources.  Acts as a deckhand to perform required vessel duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Greets visitors and assists with boarding and debarking, providing assistance for visitors with special needs.
  • Ensures visitors have a positive and memorable experience by providing a very high level of customer service including servicing cabin after each trip. 
  • Performs deckhand responsibilities as assigned by the captain, including vessel maintenance/cleaning, cabin cleaning, manning concession area.
  • Trained for, and responds to onboard emergencies.
  • Executes and maintains core values and service standards in support of the Education Department’s and the Aquarium’s missions and visions.

Other Duties and Responsibilities
Participates in special assignments such as assisting in marketing programs and promotions; responding to visitor inquiries.  Successfully completes training and random drug testing as required by Coast Guard and other regulating agencies.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
Knowledge of biological principles, history and geology of Chattanooga.
Good communication skills with an outgoing personality.
Ability to use computers and software programs used for presentations.
Ability to work comfortably with children.
Ability to work as part of a team.
Ability to transport a weigh of 50 pounds.

Educational/Experience Requirements
Science background via education or experience preferred.
Experience working with the public (presentation/performance experience a plus).
Theater background/experience is a plus.

License or Certification Required
CPR and First Aid certifications.
Coast Guard training associated with working aboard a vessel.

Working Conditions
Work aboard a 70-passenger catamaran-type, high-speed tour vessel.  
Frequent hot, wet or cold conditions (daily exposure to outside elements aboard the vessel).  Frequent trips between a climate-controlled environment inside the vessel to outside conditions.
Weekend and holiday work required.
Crowded and loud environments.

Physical Demands
Frequent walking, stooping, and lifting.
This position also functions as a deckhand aboard the vessel.
Physical condition must be such that required operational duties aboard the vessel such as docking, tying up, boarding passengers, moving ramps can be performed.
Many trips up and down flights of stairs to reach upper and lower decks.

Seasonal; hourly

Housekeeping Services Associate

Duties include general cleaning, groundskeeping, floor maintenance, carpet and upholstery care, cleaning of walls, glass, mirrors, acrylic, ceilings and other surfaces, trash removal, and stocking of supplies for the Aquarium and IMAX facilities.  

Qualifications:  Basic education and communication skills required; experience with floor care and other cleaning equipment preferred. 

Must be able to work Friday – Sunday, 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM

Seasonal; hourly