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



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:

  1. Ensure total guest satisfaction within Food & Beverage operations.
  2. Deliver products in a timely fashion, while exceeding environmental health standards.
  3. Handle guests problems/complaints effectively.
  4. Operate cash registers and register systems while consistently maintaining cash control policies and procedures.
  5. Actively engage and communicate with guests, staff and management.
  6. Maintain a clean, orderly, and safe working environment.
  7. Perform duties in a small work area with multiple people for a prolonged period of time.
  8. Flow between individual job functions seamlessly, accurately and quickly.
  9. Assist Manager and Leads with essential department functions as needed.
  10. Have a working knowledge of Aquarium exhibits and IMAX film content and schedule.
  11. 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
Good humored and hard working

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


Engage guests at Aquarium encounter exhibits using public address system with live animals and props; assisting education staff with various projects and activities including gallery programs, dive show narrations and behind the scenes/backstage tours; assisting with exhibit interpretation using public address system at priority exhibits, assisting with the daily care and husbandry of the Education animal collection.  

Must have a friendly and open manner with people, excellent verbal communication skills and high comfort level with public speaking in large crowds; the ability to quickly learn science-based information focusing on Aquarium exhibits; the ability to work as part of a team and be flexible with daily work routine. Also need to be comfortable wearing full-body Aquarium character costumes. 

Preferred Experience
Science background via education or experience; previous work with the public; presentation/performance experience; animal handling.

Typically two-three days per week; must be available to work weekends and holidays.  This particular position is seasonal.

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