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


Animal Care Specialist II

This is a professional, exempt position that oversees and participates in the husbandry and exhibition of Forest animals with special focus on river otters and the herpetological collection.  Responsibilities also include working with the bird collection, horticultural program and initiating and implementing specific animal or exhibit related projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Daily care, feeding, enrichment and training of otters  
  • Responsible for care and exhibitry of assigned herp exhibits and backup enclosures 
  • Stays current with all appropriate animal records and submits in a timely fashion to registrar 
  • Covers bird and horticulture programs when needed
  • Monitors and re-stocks food supplies as needed       
  • Re-formulates diets as specimens are added to or removed from specific exhibits or enclosures
  • Develops and maintains appropriate professional ties with colleagues in other institutions and participates in conservation programs such as AZA SSP plans, regional workshops, etc.
  • Proactively and routinely engages Aquarium visitors with educational messages about our animals and mission 
  • Completes additional tasks as assigned
  • Constructively works with other Aquarium departments as appropriate
  • Performs work in a manner that fosters the Aquarium’s mission and reflects its core values and service standards

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Knowledge of and skill/experience in caring for otters including enrichment and training
  • Experience and demonstrated skill/ability in animal training through operant conditioning  
  • Knowledge and experience to make effective, independent, decisions regarding care and welfare of otters, reptiles and amphibians
  • Knowledge of and the ability to care for amphibians and reptiles in exhibit settings. 
  • Ability to work in mixed species exhibits
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as a team player

Educational/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field preferred; the equivalent to a degree in experience may suffice
  • Minimum 18 months experience in the care of small mammals and herps

License or Certification Required

  • Valid driver’s license


  • Husbandry interns and Husbandry volunteers; the number of interns and volunteers varies seasonally.

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment
  • Frequent wet and slippery surroundings
  • Frequent hot or cold settings
  • Frequent exposure to odors 
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animals (e.g. venomous snakes, crocodilians)

Physical Demands

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

Membership Manager

The Tennessee Aquarium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring wonder, appreciation and protection of water and all life that is sustains. We currently seek a dynamic individual with the skills, experience and analytical eye required to manage a robust membership program that generates significant revenue to support the Aquarium’s mission-critical work. 

The Manager will lead a four person team responsible for the implementation of all aspects of a mature membership program, including new member acquisitions, renewal campaigns, member communications and an annual calendar of member events. With a focus on industry, community and communication trend analyses, this individual will plan effective membership drives, deploy attractive member benefit plans, and develop a continuum of member engagement that builds a growing affinity for the Aquarium and its mission. 

In addition, the manager will coordinate with development, admissions and IT staff to ensure accuracy and integrity of all member information across multiple database platforms, including Raiser’s Edge. Close coordination with the Aquarium’s marketing team will also help to refine member communications and produce quality solicitations in both print and digital formats. 

Top candidates will demonstrate superior communication skills, hold a Bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of five years’ experience in a membership or nonprofit development environment. Managerial experience in a similar relationship-building field will also be considered. Proficiency with database software is required, with experience in Blackbaud products preferred. 

Interested applicants are asked to send a cover letter and resume to ldw@tnaqua.org.  All inquiries must be received by October 31, 2014.

Education Programs Manager

Duties include carrying out the educational mission of the Aquarium.  Provides supervision such as coaching and leadership for the Education Department staff while fostering a team atmosphere.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervises Education staff. This includes coaching, coordinating, scheduling, training, observing, evaluating, etc. Records staff hours in time clock system as necessary.
  • Recruits, interviews and hires Education staff.
  • Develops, coordinates and conducts teacher workshops and in-services.
  • Coordinates development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs for school groups, general public and other audiences.
  • Coordinates development and editing of curriculum and other printed/digital materials.
  • Prepares and monitors annual budgets and schedules for gallery associates, naturalists and summer camp educators.
  • Executes and maintains core values and service standards in support of the Education Department’s and the Aquarium’s missions and visions.
  • Conducts programs for school groups, Aquarium guests, summer camps and other groups as necessary.
  • Represents Education Department on Aquarium teams and committees.
  • Represents Aquarium on public organizations, public functions and at meetings/conferences.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
In-depth knowledge of environmental/conservation education, experience with live animal presentations, strong managerial/organizational skills, strong computer skills, strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Educational/Experience Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Education or an Environmental Science field; minimum of seven years’ experience in a related field; advanced degree a plus.

Educators/Senior Educators (5 FT), Part Time Staff, Seasonal Staff

Working Conditions:
Busy office environment, outdoor programs, weekend and holiday work rotation, standing for extended periods, sitting, walking, stooping, lifting and hiking.



There are no part-time positions at this time.