Pacific Whale Foundation is an international non-profit organization that works to protect our oceans through science and advocacy. We strive to recruit individuals who share a commitment to our mission, our love of learning, and our passion for sharing our discoveries with the public.

Our team consists of a variety of positions, including researchers, educators and conservationists, as well as vessel, retail and office staff. For qualifying employees, benefits may include medical insurance, dental insurance, vacation, holidays, sick leave, retirement plan, merchandise discounts, complimentary cruises, and more. In addition to great benefits, we offer competitive pay and the opportunity to do meaningful work.


Seasonal opportunities are also available for Naturalists and Pursers.

  • Summer season (May-Aug) applications accepted March 1 – April 15
  • Winter season (Dec-Apr) applications accepted August 1 – September 15


Please email a cover letter and resume, with the EXACT JOB TITLE in the subject line, to [email protected] You may also mail a hard copy to Pacific Whale Foundation, Attn: Human Resources, 300 Ma’alaea Rd, Suite 211, Wailuku, HI 96793. Or you may pick up/drop off an application at this location. Please: NO phone calls!

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

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 within the extent of the law. Pacific Whale Foundation conducts reference and background checks as well as drug screenings.


We are looking for performance-driven and dedicated individuals with a science background to assist with our various research projects. The date ranges for our internships are:

  • January 1 to April 30 (deadline September 1)
  • May 1 to August 31 (deadline February 1)
  • September 1 to December 31 (deadline June 1)

There is no financial compensation for these positions and interns are responsible for their own living and transportation expenses.

For more information or to submit an internship application, click here.