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Recruiting Coordinator

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Seattle, Washington, United States


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$28.00 - $31.00/hour

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Published Date

Jul 10, 2023

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Recruiting Coordinator, Seattle Aquarium's People & Culture


Posted: Open to internal and external applicants

Reports to: Senior Director of People and Culture

Status: Full-time, hourly, benefitted position


Hours of work: Standard Monday–Friday workweek, 8am–5pm. Occasional need for weekend or after-hours work as related to events and other projects. This position works a hybrid schedule with two to three days working onsite, exact schedule to be determined with final candidate.


Date needed: ASAP

Posting expires: Open until filled.



Position description:

The Seattle Aquarium seeks a recruiter who is inspired by the idea of leading diverse, equitable, accessible, and creative hiring, engagement, and recruitment practices to help us shape how our teams and can inspire marine conservation. As we prepare to expand in an exciting new chapter with the Ocean Pavilion, the People and Culture department is spearheading the work of creating a diverse, fair, equitable and inclusive work environment. Designing and stewarding a culture that would allow everyone to thrive and grow. We see our forecasted growth in staff numbers as an opportunity to incorporate fresh perspectives and new voices into our highly committed, wonderful staff.


The Recruitment Coordinator will play a central role in sourcing, connecting with, and screening new applicants and applicant pathways. Reporting to the Senior Director, People and Culture, and working with hiring managers, the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) team, connections program, internships, Business Partners and fostering a diverse set of relationships with internal and external stakeholders alike. They are expected to streamline and improve existing processes and be a change agent within the Aquarium.


The natural sciences and the conservation movement have historically marginalized many communities from taking on leadership roles. Our aquarium actively seeks to dismantle this practice and to broaden participation in marine and environmental conservation professions, making them more inclusive of the full diversity of our communities and responsive to their needs and perspectives. Candidates passionate about anti-racism, social justice, environmental justice, and other intersections will be an asset to our work.

To read a full job description, including a full list of key functions visit our careers page –


Key functions:

This position is responsible for moving forward the Seattle Aquarium’s equitable hiring practices. The Recruitment Coordinator will play a central role in sourcing, connecting with, and screening new applicants. Reporting to the Senior Director, People and Culture, and working with hiring managers, the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) team, and the Business Partners in the department, the recruiter will foster relationships with internal and external stakeholders alike. They are expected to streamline and improve existing processes and be a change agent within the Aquarium. Core duties include but are not limited to:

  • Outreach and relationship building
  • Recruitment and posting
  • Screening and training
  • Recruiting and onboarding
  • Communication, collaboration, and celebration
  • Honoring Place: Develop partnership and hiring pathways for Indigenous agencies, organizations, Tribal Nations, and native educational pathways.
  • All Aquarium staff and volunteers are expected to participate in advancing and integrating into their work Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Regenerative practices in alignment with our S.A.L.I.S.H. Values.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Required skills and experience:
The skills and abilities listed below may be demonstrated through a combination of relevant cultural and community programs, jobs, internships, volunteer experience, and/or formal or informal education.

  • Previous experience recruiting and hiring candidates for volunteering, internships, and/or employment.
  • Strong commitment to building a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. Personal and cultural experience with diverse multicultural and multilingual communities, networks, and organizations.
  • Commitment to systemically advancing accessible opportunities for underrepresented communities, particularly in environmental sciences, zoos and aquariums, environmental justice, and the various roles that support our work.
  • Experience with databases (such as CRM, HRIS, ATS). The Aquarium uses ADP.
  • Proactive problem solver and collaborator, people oriented, and invested in building a sense of belonging for candidates and peers.
  • Able to establish trust and rapport with all levels of organizational leadership and with candidates alike.
  • Able to consistently and proactively communicate, track, and organize complex schedules, plans, projects, and hiring plans to diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the Aquarium’s Mission and Values, including Regenerative and Equity work.

Working conditions:

  • Majority of the work is performed in a normal office setting at a computer workstation for the duration of your shift; Semi-private work area.
  • The work entails frequent communication with multiple people, in person and online, including individuals, groups, events, and social media.
  • Frequent interruptions; walking, standing, sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Some exposure to elements as employees are located in campus environment with multiple buildings, outdoor and semi-covered areas.
  • Must be flexible for occasional evening, early morning, or weekend hours in support of the job duties.

Pay and benefits: $28.00 - $31.00/hour. Dependent on experience. Please include salary expectations in your materials. Full-time staff are eligible for the Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package to include medical, vision, dental, an employer-funded health reimbursement account, medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability, 403b retirement fund with employer match, access to a subsidized ORCA pass, a Seattle Aquarium Family Plus membership and generous paid time off.


How to apply: The Seattle Aquarium is committed to expanding a diverse, equitable, and inclusive conservation movement. We are invested in building an Aquarium with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, languages, cultural ways of knowing, and life experiences. We know research shows that society has conditioned communities of color, trans and gender non-conforming people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and other marginalized candidates to more frequently not apply to a job because they don’t feel that they meet all of the qualifications listed even if they are qualified. If you meet some of the requirements and you are passionate about our mission and our ocean, we encourage you to apply and look forward to learning more about you.


Interested candidates should upload a résumé to our online application to be considered. Application review will begin immediately.


Please let us know if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for this job by emailing us at


Note: If offered the position, candidates must pass a background check. Conviction record is not an automatic disqualifier; we are a second chance employer.



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 by providing an inspiring visitor experience, engaging daytime and evening events, conservation education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds, community outreach to marginalized 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, high-impact marketing and communications, and more.


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 among the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. by attendance, and we welcome over 850,000 people each year. Guided by our mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, we’re working to substantially increase our conservation impact by expanding our campus with a new building, the Ocean Pavilion. Learn more at




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 interview dates. If hired, relocation assistance is not available.

  • Application deadline: Open until filled.
  • Interviews completed in July 2023.
  • Start date: August 2023.
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