Empathy Fellow

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, April 19, 2021, 9:00pm



Seattle, WA
United States

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Job Description:

We are looking for a cohort of three full-time empathy fellows to join the Community Engagement (CE) team. As members of the CE team, empathy fellows are expected to use their year at the Aquarium to gain job experience in the marine conservation field, with a focus on the role that empathy can play in both marine conservation. Fellows will work to build meaningful relationships with existing and new Connections partners. This position reports directly to the empathy fellowship coordinator. 

For a full list of skills, abilities, requirements and working conditions, read the full job description at SeattleAquarium.org/careers/

Primary responsibilities:

  • Work in collaboration with the team to create and deliver empathy-based outreach programming with our Connections partners, and Cedar River Salmon Journey and Beach Naturalist programs.
  • Identify, research, plan and implement a personal empathy community action project (ECAP) with the intent of developing empathy toward marine life and people within the Salish Sea region.
  • Participate in all workshops, professional and personal development trainings, and guest talks coordinated by the empathy fellowship coordinator.
  • Meaningfully and respectfully engage community members of all ages with marine conservation activities at off-site and on-site community events.

Additional responsibilities:

  • Work with the team to provide support for colleagues throughout the Aquarium seeking to make the Aquarium and our programs more equitable and inclusive for all.
  • Active commitment to developing personal and professional development skills. 

Skills, abilities and other requirements: 

  • Interest in marine science conservation and fostering empathy for people and animals as a conservation tool.
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental justice and desire to serve communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation.
  • Interest in engaging courageous conversations about diversity, equity and inclusion topics such as social, racial and environmental justice.
  • Enthusiasm and skill for developing relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and building strong ties with the community.
  • Fellows should self-identify from historically marginalized communities in the Salish Sea region.


Education and experience:*



Six months working or volunteering in an organization such as a school, camp, community center, zoo, aquarium, nature center or other organization engaged in education or outreach with historically marginalized communities.



Ability to communicate in a language in addition to English.
High school diploma or equivalent.
Live in the Salish Sea region.


*In lieu of traditional education and work experience, comparable life experience will be considered.

Pay and benefits:

$18/hour. Includes the Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package: medical, vision, dental (subsidized dependent coverage also available), HRA, FSA, life insurance, long-term disability, 403b retirement fund, subsidized transit (ORCA) pass, Aquarium Family Plus membership and generous paid time off.  

About the Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium is a respected authority on Puget Sound, the Salish Sea and the world’s one ocean. Our passionate staff increases awareness and drives the change needed to preserve and protect our marine environment through a variety of channels including: a compelling exhibit experience and engaging daytime and evening events; conservation education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds; community outreach to underserved populations; research that advances understanding of animals in our care and their counterparts in the wild; advocacy and policy work; an award-winning volunteer program; strong and consistent marketing efforts; and more. 

We’re noted for our collaborative, communicative and team-oriented working environment. Our values, developed in conjunction with our staff, include commitments to adopting and promoting sustainable practices; creating awe-inspiring experiences; constantly learning and improving; fostering an inclusive community; maintaining scientific credibility through evidence-based practices; and honoring our unique place by using our location and history as a lens for larger understanding. 

Proudly accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, we’re the eighth-largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and we welcome over 850,000 people through our front doors each year. Guided by our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, we’ve developed a master plan to substantially increase in size and impact by opening a new exhibit building, the Ocean Pavilion. Our current annual budget is $20 million.

Regarding COVID-19:

The Aquarium prioritizes health and safety for our staff and visitors, embracing science to guide our operations. Staff are required to wear face masks while working, maintain physical distancing at all times and check their temperature before starting work each day. In addition, we maintain high standards of cleanliness and all high-touch surfaces (like windows, railings, restrooms and elevators) are continuously cleaned.  

We anticipate the following recruiting schedule for those candidates who are selected for consideration. The following dates are preliminary and subject to change. We will work with candidates to set interviews that work for all involved. If hired, relocation assistance is not available.   

Application deadline: April 19 

First interview, using Zoom: April 26 through May 10 
Second interview, using Zoom: May 24 and May 28 
Start date: mid-July

How to Apply:

How to apply: The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. One of our core values is fostering an inclusive community and we want our staff to reflect our community. We encourage diverse candidates to apply, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color applicants. 


Interested candidates should upload a résumé and document answering the questions below to our online application. Application review will begin immediately.  


How do you define your community? Why is it important to engage with your community about marine conservation and environmental justice?

The empathy fellowship is designed to be an opportunity for participants to develop skills that will lead to careers in marine conservation. If selected for the fellowship, describe the ways you would like to grow personally and professionally.


In your own words, describe what empathy means to you. How can empathy be used as a tool for environmental justice?


The fellowship is a digital program and selected applicants can expect to work remotely for the year.* Do you foresee this as a barrier to you participating in the fellowship?


*As COVID-related health and safety conditions in the community allow, there may be an opportunity to participate in some in-person activities.




Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this job by emailing jobs@seattleaquarium.org.   

Note: Must pass a background check upon job offer.