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

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

Seasonal Food & Beverage Associate

Responsible for top quality food service coupled with a friendly smile and world class customer service and interactions.  Assist with operation of Aquarium Plaza and IMAX Concessions.  Also, assist with Aquarium and IMAX Special Events as needed.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ensure total guest satisfaction within Food & Beverage operations.
  • Deliver products in a timely fashion, while exceeding environmental health standards.
  • Handle guests problems/complaints effectively.
  • Operate cash registers and register systems while consistently maintaining cash control policies and procedures.
  • Actively engage and communicate with guests, staff and management.
  • Maintain a clean, orderly, and safe working environment.
  • Perform duties in a small work area with multiple people for a prolonged period of time.
  • Flow between individual job functions seamlessly, accurately and quickly.
  • Assist Manager and Leads with essential department functions as needed.
  • Have a working knowledge of Aquarium exhibits and IMAX film content and schedule.
  • Adhere to the core values and service standards set forth by the Aquarium.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist other Aquarium and IMAX staff as needed.
  • Assume Night Events Associate responsibilities as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Excellent Customer Service Skills
  • Excellent Communication Skills
  • Positive Attitude
  • Ability to perform well under pressure
  • Strong multitasking ability
  • Attention to detail
  • Professionalism
  • Good humored and hard working
  • Responsible

Educational/Experience Requirements
Previous experience with a Point-of-Sales system
Experience handling money

Working Conditions
Normal working environment
Some wet conditions
Possible hot or cold conditions

Physical Demands
Some lifting and carrying (up to 50 pounds)
Standing for extended periods of time


Diversity Fellowships

  • 8-weeks during June and July 2015
  • Pay: $12.00 per hour
  • Work week: 30-40 hours per week
  • Paid parking near the Aquarium
  • Housing stipend: up to $500 per month 

The Tennessee Aquarium is a private non-profit located along Chattanooga’s beautiful downtown riverfront and is home to the most diverse gathering of freshwater animals in the country. Thanks to the generous support of a private foundation, we currently seek to pair our expert staff with minority college students majoring in education or the sciences. Selected Fellows will be during the months of June and July 2015 and will be paid an hourly wage along with a housing stipend. Our history of giving high-potential students the opportunity to work at our Aquarium in these time-limited roles has shown that such professional experience opens new career options for students from all walks of life. All students who meet the criteria below are invited to submit an application by May 1, 2015.


  • Minority* college student with science or education major (biology, animal science, environmental science, environmental education, informal education or early childhood, etc.)
  • Able to commit to the full internship in June & July 2015
  • Able to climb ladders, lift and carry 50 lbs. 
  • Show a high level of interest in science or education
  • Provide a college transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Be able to pass a background check

Husbandry Fellows will be exposed to a several biology-related positions working with the Tennessee Aquarium’s world-class living collection. Areas include aquaculture, aviculture, horticulture, herpetology, laboratory sciences and entomology.  This hands-on opportunity will offer an understanding freshwater conservation, animal life support systems, caring for animals in closed aquatic environments, and keeping exhibits interesting for our visiting guests.

Education Fellows will work closely with the Aquarium’s award-winning team of professional Educators. The Aquarium offers a large selection of both formal and informal educational opportunities. From providing gallery education programs to helping out with summer camps, the possibilities for a valuable summer experience are endless. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform animal husbandry and education duties which may include: cleaning exhibits, preparing food, feeding animals, maintaining exhibits and assisting with exhibit interpretation, monitoring animal behavior, assisting with education programs, and engaging with Aquarium guests
  • Provide exemplary interpretation and assistance in programs
  • Maintain appropriate logs and records
  • Interact with staff, volunteers, and public in a professional and ethical manner

Go to www.tnaqua.org/diversity-fellowship to apply by May 1, 2015

*Minority would include, but is not limited to, the following groups: African American or black, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian American or Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, and students who consider themselves to be of more than one race.