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California Academy of Sciences Overview

San Francisco, CA
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Grantmaking Foundations
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
The California Academy of Sciences is a world-class scientific and cultural institution based in San Francisco. In 2008, the Academy opened a new facility in Golden Gate Park. This 400,000-square-foot structure houses an aquarium, a planetarium, a four-story living rainforest ... Read more

Mission: The California Academy of Sciences welcomes people of all backgrounds, identities, and beliefs to join us in achieving our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth. We place diversity, equity, and inclusion at the heart of our recruiting efforts and strive to build ... Read more

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    Cal Academy is not only a museum but a world-class scientific research institution, with so much going on that there are about 600 people working there, everything from greeting visitors at the entrance to keeping the water circulating through the aquarium to exploring rainforests across the world. This culture means there is always lots to learn about from colleagues. Despite the size, there's a family feel to the place, and a strong commitment to work-life balance. For administrative jobs, there's a lot of flexibility to accommodate individual schedules. The setting in Golden Gate Park is great.


    Like other nonprofit organizations, it's hard for pay to keep up with the high cost of living in San Francisco, especially for entry-level jobs. It's a great place to work which means there isn't much turnover in lead or management roles, and as a result there are few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Create career growth opportunities for guest experience staff who work with visitors to learn new skills and move into other areas of work within the organization.

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California Academy of Sciences Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA) in July 2017.


    After submitting resume, cover letter and application. Waited several weeks before getting email to schedule phone interview. After phone interview, scheduled 2 in person interviews that were several weeks apart as well. Met with direct supervisor, HR, and other members of the management team. Not the best or the worst interview experience.

    Interview Questions

    • If I was ok with working holidays since the academy was opened every day of the year.   Answer Question
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California Academy of Sciences Awards & Accolades

  • Employer of the Year Award, The ARC San Francisco, 2015

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