It's all within an easy walk of the [train] station too – including The Maritime Aquarium, the one relatively new building in the group and the one that enables grownups to enjoy browsing and shopping while still entertaining the children."
– The New York Times
Career Opportunities


Career Opportunities at The Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium: It's an otterly cool place to work!

You know you’re working at an interesting place when you can say hello to harbor seals every morning and where sea turtles follow you as you walk by their habitat!

When you join The Maritime Aquarium team, you'll have fun at work as you help us provide the ultimate entertaining, educational and inspiring experience for our visitors.

Browse the listings below and match your abilities, interests and hours to our available positions.

Our full-time positions offer an excellent benefits package.

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Applications accepted daily. Inquire at main entrance. 
 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Directions here.

The Maritime Aquarium is an (EOE) equal opportunity employer.
The Maritime Aquarium conducts background investigations on all candidates for paid staff and volunteer positions, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Employment Verification
  • Criminal Records Search
  • Social Security Number Trace
  • Driving History

Due to the nature of certain positions, The Maritime Aquarium may perform additional checks as required.

About Us:

Our success revolves around creating a company of individuals, excited about our guests, passionate for our mission, absolutely committed to excellence. Much will be expected of you. In turn, you are backed by a supporting cast ready to rally to your support and do whatever it takes to ensure flawless experiences for our guests.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. We attract 450,000 visitors per year, about 85,000 of them school kids on field trips.

We offer an excellent brand with strong recognition. Our Aquarium just received TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award; reviewers ranked us among the top 25 aquariums in America and #1 in New England. Our Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conforming to the highest standards of animal care and visitor safety. Of 2,795 animal exhibitors in America licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), only 222 – or less than eight percent – earn AZA accreditation.


Positions available as of December 2015


Director of Development - Full Time

The Director of Development is a critical position that plays a very important role in the overall success of The Maritime Aquarium. This position is responsible for ensuring the organization has necessary funding to successfully meet the mission of the Aquarium and plan for future expansion. The Director manages a comprehensive development and membership program including major gifts, individual annual giving, events, corporate and foundation giving, planned giving and membership. The Director of Development is responsible for all fundraising activities in support of the mission of The Maritime Aquarium. This includes funding to support unrestricted operating, restricted program, capital and endowment needs. The Director of Development prepares the department’s annual budget and staff performance reviews. The Development Director makes direct contact with potential donors, corporations or foundations as well as managing the donor database.

The Director brings membership and audience-driving programs to the Aquarium to enhance its brand as a place of fun and education about Long Island Sound, the surrounding environment and the oceans.

The Director reports to the President and works closely with the Board of Trustees and the Development Committee, and is part of the institution’s senior management team.  The Director of Development plays an important role in the overall strategic planning of the organization and the obtainment of future growth and expansion of the Aquarium.

•  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, Master’s degree preferred.  
•  At least 5 -10 years of progressively responsible development experience.  
•  A proven track record in the management of successful development programs, and a solid background in the cultivation and solicitation of individual, corporate, foundation, and government donors.  
•  Ability to understand and support the Maritime Aquarium’s mission, appreciate the important role institutions like the Aquarium play in conservation, education and the life of a vibrant community, and articulate this mission and role to others.  
•  Strong management skills with experience in leading and developing a staff.  
•  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, good business sense and computer literacy.
•  Initiative, self-confidence, creativity, and entrepreneurial skills as well as the ability to inspire those working with him/her toward accomplishing common objectives.


1.  Work closely with the President and Board of Trustees to aggressively plan, lead and direct the organization through the implementation of a comprehensive fundraising effort to meet the operating, exhibition, education, capital and endowment needs of The Maritime Aquarium for the present and the long term future.  

2.  Play a key leadership role in all aspects of the activity that will support the organization’s operations and fund its capital and endowment needs.
* Build, implement and manage an effective fundraising plan and departmental structure;
* Oversee the fundraising committees needed to meet annual and long-term goals;
* Create and manage a large-scale cultivation effort to develop a pipeline of new donors for the fulfillment of funding goals;
* Actively solicit major gifts from all sources for operating, capital and endowment needs.

3.  Work with the President to motivate and strengthen the Board in its role related to development; expand, manage and coordinate the Board and other volunteers’ involvement in fundraising activities; and take an active role in serving and supporting the Board and several Board committees.  

4.  Work closely with staff, trustees, and other volunteers to maximize the effectiveness of the organizations’ special events and other activities to help attract, develop and retain donors. Create new events for this purpose.

5.  Supervise and oversee the research and preparation of foundation, corporate and government grant proposals, and oversee grant administration and reporting.

6.  Work to foster ongoing, congenial relations among the development department and other departments of the organization.  Serve as a member of the senior staff team that guides strategic decision-making.

7.  Build, train, and supervise an effective development team and support staff.

8.  Team with the President and other senior staff to enhance The Maritime Aquarium’s public image and positioning, foster positive external relations, build long-term strategic alliances, and play an active, public role as a spokesperson and representative of the organization.

9.  In conjunction with the senior management team, prepare and manage the department’s financial reports and budget; monitor the development budget and control expenses, as well as oversee the administration of the development department, its procedures and policies.

1.  Oversee an active membership program to meet budgeted revenue and plan for the expansion of our membership program.

2.  Assure timely renewal of existing members, both through the mail and at the admissions gate. Improve acquisition efforts at the front gate and find ways to diversify new member acquisition.

3.  Oversee the timely fulfillment of membership benefits and the systems that support them.

4.  Assure good customer service to existing members with the goal of increasing the renewal rate.

5.  Oversee a robust program of member communications and events.

6.  Develop survey tools and manage a member database to ensure we are making client based decisions to effectively enhance the membership program.

Senior Staff
1.  As part of the senior staff team, help develop strategy and tactics for the management of the Aquarium.

2.  Work with other senior staff members to strengthen the management team.

1.  Create and implement an operational plan for future Aquarium Capital Campaigns, including cultivation events, printed materials, gift announcements and correspondence.

2.  Identify and develop new markets for fund-raising and membership initiatives in order to increase donor participation with Aquarium programs.

3.  Ensure appropriate recognition of donors; may oversee annual donor newsletters and communications for special events.

4.  Plan strategies and goals to increase fund-raising effectiveness including corporate gift giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, annual giving, major gifts, grant acquisitions, special events.

5.  Prepare departmental budget, including income and expenditure projections, in a timely manner; achieve operational goals within approved budget.

6.  Other duties as assigned by the CEO and Board of Trustees. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application ( and click on career opportunities), cover letter and resume to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /fax: 203-838-5416 or ATTN:  R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, S. Norwalk, CT  06854

Science Educator for The Maritime Aquarium’s classroom, exhibit and off-site education programs Part Time - $14/hr

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, experience working with children in an educational setting, and a passion for nature.  Strong public speaking, writing and organizational skills required.  Desired qualifications include:  Spanish language skills, knowledge of marine biology and local flora and fauna, boating experience, a master’s degree, and a current driver’s license with a clean driving record.  This is a part-time position.  Candidates must be available at least three regular weekdays per week and two additional weekend days per month.

Cashier/Usher, IMAX® movie usher and IMAX theater concession attendant
Part Time - $11/hr

We have immediate openings in our Visitor Services Department! 
We're looking for bright, fun, outgoing folks with great customer service and communications skills. Cash handling experience and computer literacy a must. Position requires ability to work one weekend day and some holidays.

 Duties include cashier, usher, IMAX movie usher and IMAX theater concession attendant (selling candy, popcorn and soft drinks, plus cleaning and re-stocking the concession stand).

You may apply in person: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Open 7 days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fax: 203-838-5416.

Want to be The Maritime Aquarium Mascot?
Costumed Mascots – Part Time

The Maritime Aquarium has part-time openings for our Super Cool Mascot Sharky!

As Sharky, you must be able to attract attention through body expressions (only) while in costume.  You must also perform duties as an assistant to Sharky – guiding him/her through the Aquarium and assisting in crowd control.

Ongoing performances may begin as early as June at an hourly rate of pay.  Performances take place year-round, but our peak season occurs during the summer.  If called for an interview, be prepared to put on our costumes and perform. All candidates must be able to successfully pass a background check.

Please send your resume and Maritime Aquarium application to R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT  06854.  They can also be faxed to 203-838-5416 or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    The application can be accessed from the link near the top of this page.

Pension Documents

pdfSumary Annual Report for Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

pdfSummary Annual Report for Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan


Mission: The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem
and the global environment through
living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.


10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


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