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Safety Manager

The Seattle Aquarium is looking for a safety manager to join the Facilities team. The safety manager, under general supervision of the director of Facilities and in coordination with other departments (Facilities, Life Sciences, Dive Safety, Human Resources, Events, etc.) plans, develops, implements and administers the Seattle Aquarium’s safety (occupational and environmental) programs to facilitate an environment conducive to delivering our marine conservation mission. This position ensures the safety of the Aquarium’s employees, volunteers and visitors as well as the physical buildings, grounds, off-site programs and vehicles.

The safety manager serves as the representative for the Seattle Aquarium in compliance with various regulatory agencies such as the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE), etc.; partners with local law enforcement, emergency response agencies and other local public safety groups; and is the acting section 504/accessibility coordinator. This role also has budgetary responsibility.

Essential functions:

  • Provides leadership to promote a culture of safety that meets both the spirit and content of laws, regulations and standards for all Aquarium activities (24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year).
  • Develops, implements and administers policies, procedures and guidelines for Washington Industrial Safety & Health (WISHA), OSHA, L&I and AZA-mandated programs across all Aquarium departments. Maintains and updates the safety and health program, and all other safety-related documents and procedures.
  • Ensures compliance of life safety systems (fire detection, sprinklers, alarms, extinguishers, fall restraint, etc.). Ensures repairs and maintenance occur in a timely manner in conjunction with facilities/engineering.
  • Oversees regular safety inspections, hazard assessments and internal workplace safety audits with an eye toward continuous improvement of the Aquarium’s safety standards and culture.
  • Serves as lead for the Safety Committee and coordinates safety communications. Partners with Safety Committee representatives to evaluate job and infrastructure hazards and to identify mitigating solutions.
  • Works with Human Resources to track and manage open worker compensation cases with City of Seattle or L&I. Completes and tracks all incident/accident forms, reports and the OSHA 300 log.
  • Plans, coordinates, documents and provides for all required and appropriate training including, but not limited to, new employee safety orientation, CPR/AED/first aid, personal protective equipment (PPE), fall restraint, respiratory fit testing, confined spaces and fire/emergency response. Partners across departments to help develop and deliver job-specific trainings.
  • Responsible for adhering to AZA-established safety guidelines and providing compliance documentation during AZA accreditation process. Leads and documents preparedness drills in accordance with AZA guidelines.
  • Develops and tracks safety annual budget.
  • Manages the access control program (logic, administration, and enforcement), including hard key inventory and control and digital key cards, and acts as main contact for contracted provider of access system maintenance.
  • Coordinates with other internal departments, as mentioned above, to develop and implement emergency plans and policies. Coordinates the fire safety program including evacuation and emergency response plans.

Required skills and abilities:

  • Effective interpersonal, verbal/written communication, presentation and report-writing skills required.
  • Collaboration is essential. Must be able to work effectively with all levels from CEO to front-line staff, volunteers, visitors, contractors, etc.
  • Ability to work independently, make decisions and seek guidance when faced with uncertainty.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to use sound judgment in a dynamic environment.
  • Strong supervisory skills and experience.
  • Strong time management and prioritization skills.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills. Able to document and track a large amount of data and information.
  • Ability to effectively use computers. Must manage web-based administration platforms and proficiently use Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Alignment with the Seattle Aquarium’s S.A.L.I.S.H. and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) values.

Experience, education and certifications: We will consider various combinations of relevant experience and education in order to meet minimum requirements.


  • Minimum of five years of combined relevant education and experience in health and safety, public safety, engineering, science and/or a related field in progressively responsible roles.
  • Wide-ranging safety experience encompassing office, public institution, laboratory, animal, etc.
  • Experience balancing safety needs while delivering excellent customer service.

Working conditions:

  • Work occurs in all areas of all Aquarium facilities and infrequently in extreme conditions (inclement weather, from a boat, at heights, around electrical hazards, etc.).
  • Requires occasionally driving Aquarium vehicles to/from off-site facilities and programs.
  • Must be able to be on their feet for four or more hours a day, at times performing physical work (using a full range of physical motion).
  • Must be comfortable working safely around water while wearing appropriate PPE.
  • Must be able to utilize appropriate PPE to perform job tasks (e.g., safety glasses, hard hat, P100 respirator, personal flotation device, etc.).

Salary and benefits: $75,000−$83,000/year, D.O.E. Please include salary expectations in your materials. Full-time staff are eligible for Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package to include medical, vision, dental, 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 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. To that end, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color applicants and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Interested candidates should upload a résumé to our online application in order 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: Must pass a background check and motor vehicle records check, upon job offer, to be eligible for this position. Regarding driving records: Within the last three years you must not have had more than two moving traffic violations or any major violation (DUI, reckless driving, negligent driving, etc.).

About the organization: 

The Seattle Aquarium is a respected authority on Puget Sound, the Salish Sea and the world’s one ocean. Our passionate staff increase awareness and drive the change needed to preserve and protect our marine environment through a variety of channels, including a compelling habitat experience and 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, 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 plan to substantially increase in size and impact by opening a new habitat building, the Ocean Pavilion. Our current annual budget is $20 million.

Regarding COVID-19:

Open daily, the Aquarium prioritizes health and safety for our staff and visitors, embracing science to guide our operations. We maintain high standards of cleanliness and all high-touch surfaces (like windows, railings, restrooms and elevators) are continuously cleaned.

Please note, all Aquarium staff and volunteers must provide proof of vaccination or approved medical or religious exemption by date of hire. If you have questions about this policy or for information regarding the exemption process, please contact the Human Resources department 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 interviews that work for all involved. If hired, relocation assistance is not available.

  • Application deadline: Open until filled.
  • Priority given to applications received within the first two weeks of posting.
  • Interviews, likely over Zoom and on site on an ongoing basis.
  • Start date: ASAP.

Posted:                     Open to internal and external applicants

Reports to:               Director of facilities

Status:                      Full-time, salaried, benefitted position

Hours of work:        Tuesday−Saturday workweek, 8am–5pm. Occasional need for weekend or after-hours work as related to events and other projects.

Date needed:           ASAP

Posting expires:     Open until filled with preference for applications received by Friday August 5th.