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. Postings are listed below. All applications and resumes are maintained on file for one year. 

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


Evening Events and Concessions Assistant Manager

Helps supervise the IMAX and Plaza Concessions and Facility Rental operations, ensuring excellent customer service and satisfaction in product quality, delivery and special event operations.    

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain operational policies and procedures to ensure consistency and a safe environment for guests, staff, caterers and contract laborers.
  • Assist in maintaining appropriate levels of product inventory for concessions, school lunches and evening events, ensuring uninterrupted service. 
  • Supports Food and Beverage Lead by scheduling and providing lunch breaks and assistance with large groups as needed.
  • Maintain working knowledge of specialized Food and Beverage hardware and software.
  • Assist in coordinating event details with facility rental clients and vendors and serve as manager on duty for evening events as determined by the Evening Events and Concessions Manager.
  • Assist in scheduling, developing and supervising concessions and events staff.
  • Prepare related correspondence, work orders, billing and report data for after-hours events as directed by the Evening Events and Concessions Manager.
  • Work closely with caterers and contract labor to ensure quality and adhesion to Aquarium guidelines and recycling efforts during events.
  • Maintain a clean work environment and commissary ensuring high scores from Health Inspectors. 
  • Adhere to and exhibit to concessions staff the core values and service standards of the Aquarium.
  • Ensure and maintain company standards in cashiering procedures and accuracy. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Excellent oral communication and organizational skills
  • Excellent computer skills with ability to quickly learn new software
  • Excellent management, customer service and interpersonal skills
  • Quality orientation and attention to detail
  • Ability to maintain poise under pressure


  • Some college preferred. 
  • Minimum of two years experience in a related field is preferred.
  • Must be flexible to work weekdays, weekends and after-hours as needed.

License or Certification Required
Beer/wine card
Valid driver’s license

Food & Beverage Staff
Contract labor  
Night Events Staff

Supervisor Animal Encounter and Enrichment Programs

As leader of a team of animal trainers and animal care specialists, this position combines animal husbandry, operant conditioning, behavioral enrichment, and educational programming to implement creative animal encounter programs that are entertaining and conservation themed for the Aquarium visitors.  This position also has oversight of the Aquarium’s animal enrichment program.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans, implements and evaluates Animal Encounter Programs that include the following:
  • Establish and supervise the application of animal training protocols and procedures.
  • Plans, implements and routinely evaluates animal encounter programs to maximize interface with the greatest number of guests; the ultimate goal is for each guest to experience at least one animal encounter.
  • Working with both the husbandry and education departments, develops messaging for the animal ecounter programs that is entertaining, conservation themed, engages each visitor and furthers the mission of the Aquarium.
  • Supervises the training program for animal encounter animals that facilitates health assessments, promotes animal health and provides opportunities for educational programming for visitors. 
  • Leads and coordinates the enrichment program for the animal collection.
  • Performs work in a manner that fosters the Aquarium’s mission and reflects its core values and service standards.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Excellent husbandry skills caring for birds and mammals in a captive environment.
  • Demonstrated experience and skill with operant conditioning and animal training.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skills in the interpretation of a living collection to visitors.
  • Works well in a team environment, communicates positively and effectively with all members of the Aquarium team and provides a positive leadership role for peers, colleagues, interns and volunteers
  • Weekends and holiday coverage on a rotational basis.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Experience working with penguins and river otters
  • Experience with a diverse group of animals, both in training and acclimating to human contact.

Educational/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, education or a related field, or the equivalent to a degree in experience.
  • Experience and skill with operant conditioning and environmental and behavioral enrichment for animals in captivity.

Animal trainer/presenters, Animal care specialists, Interns and volunteers



There are no part-time positions open at this time.