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 have sea turtles following you every time 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. 
The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer.
 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. 
Exits 14 N or 15 S off I-95 in CT.

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 9/2014


Executive Assistant to the President - Full Time

The Executive Assistant to the President of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. provides administrative support and serves as a liaison between the President/CEO and the Board, COO, Senior Staff and other departments, as well as State and Federal officials. The incumbent in this position also functions as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees and Maritime Authority, and serves as Office Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support the President/CEO
    • Organize the President’s calendar, including scheduling appointments and meetings with staff, board members, and external constituents.
    • Review and coordinate the President’s communication in preparing agendas and meetings.
    • Create, edit and prepare final versions of correspondence
    • Telephone answering, file maintenance; interaction with volunteers, meet/greet visitors; handle confidential information and documents.
    • Prepare work order forms/POs for reservations and food service for various meetings and events
    • Assemble TMA informational handout packages for the President’s office.
  • Perform duties of Assistant Secretary of the Board.
    • Provide the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors with efficient administrative, logistical and program support
    • Prepare and send out agendas and documents needed for Board, Executive Committee, Finance Committee and other Board committee meetings.
    • Keep Board lists and committee lists up-to-date
    • Update Trustee briefing books as needed
    • Acquire signatures for Conflict of Interest Policy annually
    • Coordinate with COO on Annual Report to the Secretary of State (includes officers and trustee members)
    • Maintain Trustee and Advisor files
    • Provide Trustee books for new Trustees as well as badges, name signs and parking passes
    • Update and inform the Development department on any Authority; Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors information.
    • Attend and take minutes when required for various committee meetings
  • Work closely with State and City officials during Budget year.
    • Coordinate legislative events and special legislative meetings at TMA.
  • Perform duties of Office Manager
    • Ensure operation of office equipment (copiers-fax-mail machine)

by completing preventive maintenance requirement; following manufacturer’s instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories and evaluating new equipment and techniques with COO.

    • Maintain office supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; evaluating new office products; placing and expediting orders for supplies and verifying receipt of supplies.
  • Support Director of Development as needed
  • Work on special projects/events as needed
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications and skills: BA degree in an academic subject. A minimum of five years in executive assistant positions supporting senior executives in complex organizations or equivalent experience. High intelligence. Strong work ethic.   Excellent written and oral communication skills.   Strong organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills.  Ability to work quickly, accurately and independently, take initiative and multi-task in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

Maintain the highest level of confidentiality. Exercise good judgment.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Cover letter, resume, salary history and Maritime Aquarium application required. Please send  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.

 Manager of Special Events and Special Programming - Full Time

The office of Development, Membership, Volunteers and Special programming is seeking an individual to join a team of professionals working in a collaborative environment to generate in excess of $2.5 million each year in philanthropic support for the operating and capital needs of The Maritime Aquarium.

The individual is responsible for, but not limited to, three specific tasks:

1. Fund-raising events, such as: Cirque de la Mer Gala, The Maritime Golf Classic and any new event determined to be viable for philanthropic support.

2. The Maritime Aquarium Presents Lecture Series: This includes engaging and negotiating contracts with speakers, making travel arrangements, managing the details of this series and acting as stage manager.

3. Stewardship events: Shark Tank dinners to cultivate major gift prospects, engaging talent to perform at these cultivation events, also responsibility for Waves of Gratitude, a thank you event for $1,000+ donors. Arranging back stage tours, and material for the cultivation of major donors.

This is a full time fund-raising positon and requires an individual with a B.A./B.S. degree and 3 – 5 years of experience in development, special events or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Individual must have demonstrated ability to conceive and manage event details, excellent organizational and negotiating skills and the ability to interact effectively with people at all levels, from donors and volunteer event leaders to vendors and talent. Must possess a superb attention to detail, very strong written and oral communication skills and social media experience. Individual will have a high level of tact, professionalism and decorum, and must have extensive experience with the use of fund-raising databases and Microsoft Office, and experience cultivating and soliciting gifts at the 4 and 5 figure level. There will be some weekend and evening work required. This positon will perform other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned on a temporary or regular basis.

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


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 will be 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, South 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 our website ( by clicking on “Career Opportunities”.


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.


 Pension Documents

pdfSumary Annual Report for Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

pdfSummary Annual Report for Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan




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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