Pacific Whale Foundation is an international nonprofit organization that works to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. We recognize the ocean's significant role in maintaining our planet as a liveable ecosystem and are committed to protecting the ocean and its inhabitants through our ongoing research, education and conservation efforts. Pacific Whale Foundation's research, education and conservation programs are funded by profits from educational whalewatches, snorkel cruises, sunset cruises and other ocean ecotours, as well as by profits from our Ocean Stores and our restauarant (Porto), plus the support of members and donors worldwide. 

Founded in 1980, Pacific Whale Foundation employs individuals who share a common commitment to our mission. Our staff also share a love of learning about marine wildlife and a passion for sharing our discoveries with the public. During the past three decades, Pacific Whale Foundation staff helped pioneer noninvasive whale, dolphin and coral reef research; since then, Pacific Whale Foundation has emerged as respected advocates and leaders in the protection of whales and cetaceans worldwide.

Pacific Whale Foundation operates one of the world's largest and most respected ecotourism operations, which has enabled nearly 4 million people to learn about the marine environment through firsthand experiences at sea. These encounters provide profound and meaningful enticements for participants to become involved in protecting the valuable and irreplaceable ocean environment.

Work with a group of enthusiastic, vibrant people to make a difference! Pacific Whale Foundation has more than 150 employees, including researchers, marine educators, conservationists, naturalists, vessel captains, retail and office staff. If you are interested in working at Pacific Whale Foundation, please bookmark this page and check back periodically for our latest job openings.

We offer competitive salary, great benefits and the opportunity to do meaningful work in a dynamic organization with lots of growth potential. 

For qualifying employees these benefits may also be available: Medical, Vision, Drug, Dental and Alternative Medicine Insurance, Vacation, Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, Retirement Savings Plan, Merchandise Discounts - Up to 40% off at our retail stores, Complimentary Cruises and other incentives and bonuses.

Please scroll down to review currently available positions within Pacific Whale Foundation. The information shown in each description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this classification. It is not to be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory, or all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications of employees assigned to this job. Management has the right to add to, revise, or delete information in this description at any time.
To apply for any of our posted jobs, please send a cover letter and resume by the closing date to and you MUST include the EXACT position title in the subject line, or mail your documents to: Human Resources, Pacific Whale Foundation, 300 Ma'alaea Road, Suite 211, Wailuku, HI 96793.

PLEASE NOTE: We do not accept unsolicited applications or applications with photos, personal information (such as but not limited to: medical history, age, marital status, parental status, etc.) or applications which are incomplete or illegible). 

Please, no phone calls.

Pacific Whale Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
Pacific Whale Foundation checks references, conducts background and drug screens.


Retail Sales Associates-Lahaina
We're interviewing for full-time and part-time retail sales associate positions for our Lahaina store.  Excellent customer service skills necessary. Schedule flexibility important. Background in retail sales a plus. Click HERE for full job description. 

Photographers needed
Pacific Whale Foundation is seeking qualified individuals to work as portrait photographers at the Lahaina and Ma'alaea Harbors.Full- and part-time positions available. Must be available from 6:30 AM. This position pays $10/hr. plus commission.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 1 year experience taking portraits, working with photographic equipment or working in a photo retail shop.Must have excellent command of the English language and good computer skills. Must be a well-organized person with a good sense of humor and decision making abilities. In addition: training requires attendance on each one of our tours! Please apply with your resume and cover letter and type the word "Photographer" in the subject line.


Naturalist - Summer Season Applications March 1st through April 15th

                      Winter Season Applications August 1st through September 15th

Responsible for educating passengers and all crew duties aboard snorkeling and whale watching cruises. Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required. Click HERE for full job description.

Purser Summer Season Applications March 1st through April 15th

                 Winter Season Applications August 1st through September 15th

Responsible for customer service, food/beverage service, and basic crew duties aboard snorkeling and whale watching cruises. Customer service experience preferred. Click HERE for full job description.

Captains run PWF’s industry-leading marine eco-tours with clear guidelines and goals. They are responsible for the safety of all guests and crew, along with performing maintenance of the vessel. They must effectively manage, lead, and mentor employees to help meet the mission of PWF. Click HERE for full job description.


Pacific Whale Foundation seeks performance-driven and dedicated individuals to assist with:

1) Our various research projects. Click HERE for full description.

2) Our humpback whale fluke matching project. Click HERE for full description.

There is no financial compensation for these positions and interns are responsible for their own living and transportation expenses. This is, however, an excellent opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal research.