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:

  • Education Verification
  • 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.


Positions available as of May 2015

Exhibit Manager

Reports To: Director of Operations
Department: Exhibits
Status: Full Time, Regular, Exempt

The Exhibit Manager is a hands-on position responsible for exhibition development, long-range planning, and implementation of permanent and temporary exhibits, maintenance and enhancement of collections, coordination of exhibit department activities with other departments and for library/accessioning functions.

Bachelor’s degree or higher in exhibition design, industrial design, architecture or other related design field and or three to five years of hands on experience in  creating interpretive exhibitions for museums, zoos/aquariums or similar organizations; familiarity with museum standards, practices and ethics.

Excellent artistic and technical skills such as, but not limited to:  drawing and rendering, computer graphic design, museum and theatrical lighting.

Ability to lift 25 pounds and push 50 pounds; climb ladders and steps; able to move and access all areas of the facility and its grounds.

Ability and interest in working collaboratively with others.

As part of the exhibit team, plans and coordinates permanent and temporary exhibits consistent with the mission of The Maritime Aquarium, from conceptualization through implementation.

Demonstrated knowledge of production methods and materials, fabrication techniques and procedures.  Sensitivity to ecological, biological and conservation issues.

Ensures the observance of federal, state, AZA and internally set regulations as they apply to exhibits.

Proposes exhibit budget and with the Director manages the approved budget.

Oversees creation and production of exhibit and promotional graphics; develops new interpretive activities to enhance the exhibit experience.

Proposes for approval, contracts and coordinates installation of temporary exhibits from outside vendors.

Manages outside consultants and brings projects in on time and on budget.

Provides guidance to management regarding long term exhibit planning.

Oversees the collections housed at The Maritime Aquarium and supervises the acquisition and deaccessioning of collection materials; maintains accurate collection records.

This position may require evening and weekend work.

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.

Manager of Special Events and Special Programming

Reports To: Associate Director, Development & Membership
Department: Membership
Status: Full Time - Exempt

The Manager of Special Events and Special Programming is a member of a team of professionals working in a collaborative environment to generate $2.5 million each year in philanthropic support for the operating and capital needs of the aquarium and generating about $1 million per year in membership revenue.

Minimum Qualifications:
B.A. degree and 3 – 5 years of experience in development, membership or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  

Essential Job Functions:
Demonstrated ability to conceive and manage event details.  Excellent organizational and negotiating skills.  Ability to interact effectively with people at all levels, from donors and volunteer event leaders to vendors and talent.  Superb attention to detail.  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.  Extensive experience with the use of fund-raising databases.

Benefit Events – In conjunction with the Director of Development, meets the financial goals, plans, manages and executes the details of Cirque de la Mer, the Maritime Classic Golf Outing and other revenue-generating events that may be created.

a.  Collaborate with the Director of Development, President  & CEO, board level events chairs to solicit and monitor financial support for table sales, auctions, sponsorship and individual ticket sales from private citizens and corporate leaders.
b.  Write solicitation letters and corresponding materials and oversee customization and mailing of solicitation letters.
c.  Manage the solicitation follow-up process so that DOD and CEO and chairs are making calls/e-mails to secure table sales.

Project Management
a.  Develop and manage the content of all event related communications including online, press, and print collateral.
b.  Oversee the implementation of all silent and live auction components of major fundraisers including tracking and inventory of all items.
c.  Track all revenue and expense to ensure everything stays in budget and revenue goals are reached.

Event Management
a.  Tent, lighting/sound, graphic designer, printer, caterer, additional talent, and décor as needed, including RFP bid reviews, contract negotiation, timelines and coordination between vendors, including IPAD auction and credit card billing process.

Donor Management
a.  Ensure all gifts are acknowledged, input properly into the fundraising database and that donor is listed properly in all materials as appropriate.
b.  Be in regular touch with table buyers on their guest lists and specific requests and needs.

Post Event
a.  Payment processing:  follow-up and invoicing of all outstanding funds.
b.  Acknowledgement letters.
c.  Timely receipt and payment of vendor bills.

Lecture Series – Plan, manage and execute the details of The Maritime Presents lecture series.
a.  Manage the expense budget.
b.  Help identify speakers.
c.  Handle the booking details.
d.  Manage day-of event details.

Stewardship Events
a.  Plan and execute Shark Tank Dinners, cocktail parties and the Waves of Gratitude thank-you events in conjunction with other Development staff.
b.  Manage donor visits, behind-the-scenes tours and cultivation events.
c.  Plan and execute events and major openings of new projects.
d.  Manage other events as required.

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 our without notice.

Vessel Captain for The Maritime Aquarium’s new hybrid-electric research and education catamaran

Candidates must have US Coast Guard Master’s license (50T or above) and Marine Radio Operator’s License, as well as extensive experience piloting a wide range of vessels.  Must be comfortable with new technologies and next-generation navigation systems, as well as adept with standard fishing and research gear.  Excellent interpersonal skills required, as vessel captain interacts with the public as well as a variety of aquarium staff and government agencies.  Candidates should also have extensive knowledge of federal and state regulations related to vessel maintenance and safe boating.  Meticulous attention to detail required.  Experience training other captains and crew desired.  
Please send your resume to R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854; fax to 203-838-5416; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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 – $11.00 per hour

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 softdrinks, 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 at Norwalk has part-time openings for our Super 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 Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations.
A vibrant and entertaining learning environment,it achieves this goal 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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