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Career Opportunities at The Maritime Aquarium

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.

Download an pdfApplication for Employment.pdf

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 June 2017

 

Associate Director of Animal Husbandry – Full-Time

animal husbandryThe Associate Director of Animal Husbandry, reports to the Director of Animal Husbandry.  This full-time position is responsible for the coordination and management of the living specimens and the maintenance of their life support systems.  This position supervises and manages Animal Husbandry staff.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Four (4) year degree in marine biology, with emphasis on Northwestern Atlantic fishes.
  • Minimum five (5) years experience in a public aquarium husbandry/operations position.
  • Advanced knowledge of the operation and maintenance of aquarium & life support systems.
  • General knowledge of laboratory equipment and testing/operating procedures.
  • Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal.
  • Experience in preparing and conducting public educational programs.
  • Able to lift a minimum of sixty (60) pounds.
  • Able to negotiate various field conditions.
  • Able to work standing up for extended periods of time.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Valid SCUBA certification and collection experience.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, days closed due to inclement weather, and to travel for extended periods of time to perform collecting and other duties.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Assists Director of Animal Husbandry in establishing the Aquarium’s operational procedures in accordance with AZA standards.
  • Assists the Director and Senior Aquarists in the hiring, training and supervising of Aquarium staff.
  • Supervises and manages the husbandry staff in order to build and maintain a healthy animal collection.
  • Documents and communicates observations for review by the Director of Animal Husbandry 
  • Oversees the acquisition, care and presentation of the living collection.
  • Works directly with contract veterinarians to assure animal health.
  • Maintains and purchases equipment, food, medicines and other supplies necessary for the operation of the department and maintenance of the living collection.
  • Participates in the collection and transport of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display in the Aquarium.
  • Supervises and participates in the maintenance of exhibits and life support systems.
  • Performs water quality analysis.
  • Maintains collecting and transport equipment. 
  • Plans and helps design exhibits as part of the exhibit team.

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 (available above as a pdf), cover letter and resume to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org. EOE

 

Individual and Corporate Advancement Manager – Full-Time, Exempt

The Individual and Corporate Advancement Manager is a member of a small dynamic team charged with raising philanthropic support for The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. He/She reports to the Director of Advancement.

givingThe Advancement Manager will collaborate with the Director of Advancement, the fundraising team, and other Aquarium Departments to develop and implement strategies to increase corporate and individual support. He/She will be a key member of the Advancement team, responsible to assist in identification and relationship management of new donors, as well as stewarding and growing existing revenue streams. This process will include prospect research, securing sponsorship gifts, direct mail and email campaigns, following up on prospective leads, general donor solicitations and stewardship of existing donors. 

The Advancement Manager will be a strong communicator and team player. He/She will bring a methodical and creative view to making the case for sustained, new, and increased funding for The Maritime Aquarium. In coordination with the Director of Advancement, he/she will implement a cohesive strategy for donor outreach and cultivation. Among other duties, the Advancement Manager will assist in creating, and on occasion delivering, donor presentations highlighting The Maritime Aquarium’s education, exhibits, commitment to Long Island Sound and environmental sustainability.  

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Five years of Fundraising experience including a track record of individual and corporate giving programs 
  • Knowledge of Fairfield County philanthropy 
  • Exceptional and persuasive written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with staff, community leaders, senior level executives and mid to high-level donors.
  • Self-motivated, driven and goal oriented with excellent time and project management skills; attention to detail. 
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Advanced computer skills and expertise in Microsoft Office, Blackbaud/Altru/Raisers Edge database experience strongly preferred.
  • Manage all aspects of the fundraising cycle for his/her own pipeline.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multi-faceted organization. 
  • Passion for the vision and mission of The Maritime Aquarium
  • High level of optimism, personal responsibility and drive towards exceedingly accomplishing set goals.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Fundraising 

Participate in developing and implementing strategies to identify, engage, secure, and steward new donors. 

  • Individual Fundraising
    • Secure, cultivate and steward new and past individual donors with a focus on building our donor base of $1,000 - $10,000 annual donors
    • Launch and steard Friends Program ($1,000 donors) through appeals and cultivation events
    • Mange 1-2 appeals annually. Direct mail and email campaigns.
    • Reactivate lapse donors
  • Corporate
    • Secure, cultivate and steward annual corporate partnerships via Exhibit/Event sponsors and Corporate Memberships.
      • Launch a campaign to introduce The Maritime Aquarium to appropriate corporations in the greater Norwalk/Fairfield County area.
    • Manage corporate volunteer opportunities
    • Secure in-kind donations
    • Database management
      • Assist in establishing and monitoring Altru database to ensure high level of donor accuracy and best practices for donor entry protocols
      • Assist in analyzing data and identifying trends
      • Run targeted monthly donor reports and analysis
    • Assist in managing online giving in coordination with digital marketing for "special giving programs" such as:
      • FCCF, Giving Tuesday, Earth Day give
      • Other programs to be determined

 

General Fundraising and Administration

  • Cultivate a portfolio of prospective partners through research, leveraging your network, mail/email campaigns, cold-calls, and invitations among corporate and community members.
  • Steward and re-engage lapse donors
  • Draft proposals, donor decks and other collateral material for donor engagement
  • Donor prospect research
  • Respond to follow-up inquiries, etc.
  • Responsible for preparing materials and pitches that can be delivered in person, by video conferencing and/or over the phone to develop relationships.
  • Create written weekly/monthly reports and updates to Director regarding pipeline development and revenue projections
  • Manage acknowledgment process including letter and data entry
  • Assist in donor stewardship events
  • Assess corporate matching gift program

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.  EOE

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a PDF above), cover letter and resume to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org   EOE

 

Maintenance Technician – Full-Time

The Maritime Aquarium seeks a full-time Maintenance Technician to ensure the reliable and safesharks operation of all Aquarium facilities’ systems.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School diploma required
  • Two years of equivalent experience in building maintenance for similar facility
  • Able to work at least one weekend day and be available by phone
  • Able to lift/move up to 75 pounds, push 150 pounds
  • Able to climb ladders, move trash containers; remove snow and other bulky/heavy items
  • Able to move quickly and easily to all areas of the facility and its grounds
  • Able to report to work on an as-needed or emergency basis

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Conducts daily checks of the interior and exterior of all buildings, including graphics on videos, AHU units, life support filters
  • Maintains all motors, AHU units, pumps and filters running life support system in excellent running condition
  • Performs daily preventative maintenance on all equipment
  • Ensures interior and exterior building repairs are completed in a timely and efficient manner
  • Provides painting, landscaping, grass cutting and snow removal services as necessary
  • Checks condensing tower and chillers for AC, runs emergency generator once a month
  • Provides day-to-day maintenance support for the facility, such as, but not limited to:  changing light bulbs, arranging classrooms for special events and any as-needed assistance to staff
  • Serves as member of the Safety Committee
  • Acts as Duty Manager support in absence of weekday or weekend Duty Manager
  • Acts as Facilities Manager during absences

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.  EOE

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a PDF above), cover letter and resume to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  EOE

 

Vessel Captain – Part-Time

vessel captainThe Maritime Aquarium seeks a Vessel Captain. The Vessel Captain operates and performs maintenance on the Aquarium’s vessel. He/she also provides educational support to staff and passengers during educational programs for schools, the public and other private charter groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license (50T or above) and Marine Radio Operator’s license.
  • Ability to lift/carry in excess of 75 lbs. of vessel gear, haul fishing gear and anchor and all other activities required to operate marine vessel.
  • Ability to handle emergency situations by reacting quickly and professionally.
  • Certified in First Aid and ability to administer AED.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary for interacting successfully with the public, all levels of Aquarium staff, volunteers and USCG personnel.
  • Thorough understanding of ship handling, set and drift and towing/hauling research gear.
  • Understanding of electrical safety and theory relating to batteries, generation and hybrid technologies.

Essential Functions:

  • Operates Aquarium vessels on inland waterways in accordance with current federal and state regulations for the safety and enjoyment of patrons participating in educational programs and cruises offered by The Maritime Aquarium.
  • Participates in and successfully passes mandatory chemical screening testing as required by USCG regulations.
  • Interacts and communicates with educators (vessel crew) and other staff in a professional manner and in accordance with The Maritime Aquarium mission.
  • Provides guidance, training and supervision to vessel staff for: program delivery, operational set up and break down of vessel gear, and general safety.
  • Works with Maritime Aquarium management for cancellation protocols.
  • Reports and documents all non-routine operations such as catching debris in nets, incidents with passengers, other vessels in harbor and weather incidents.
  • Ensures the security of the vessels at TMA dock or other location after each operation. Ensures that crew has secured lines, shore power connections are working, and that the vessel is locked.
  • Paperwork: Completes daily ships log: vessel hours, POBs and other required data.
  • Assists with vessel scientific data collection; writing GPS coordinates, weather and water conditions on TMA data collection form.

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available above as a pdf), cover letter and resume to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org. EOE

 

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

IMAXWe 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.

 

Science Educator for Research Vessel and Land-Based Programs - Part-Time $14/hr

vessel educatorsThe Martime Aquarium's hybrid-electric catamaran, R/V Spirit of the Sound, hosts education programs for school groups, camps and the public. Science Educators are responsible for providing programs on the vessel, as well as to a wide range of audiences in the classroom, off-site, at aquarium exhibits, birthday parties, scout programs including overnights, and promotional events.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, experience working as an educator or crew on a vessel, experience with children in an educational setting, and a passion for nature. Strong public speaking and organizational skills required. Desired qualifications include: knowledge of marine biology and local flora and fauna, a master's degree and a current driver's license with a clean driving record. This is a part-time position. Candidates must have at least three days per week availability, including at least one weekend day. EOE

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 (available as a PDF above,) cover letter and resume to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org, fax: 203-838-5416 or ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, S. Norwalk, CT 06854.

 


Visitor Services Supervisor  –  Part-Time

main entranceWorks with minimal supervision and provides support for cashiers and ticket takers at Maritime Aquarium public admission areas and for ushers and concessionaires for the IMAX Theater.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two year college degree or high school diploma with customer service experience.
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Excel, Word, Power Point and Microsoft Publisher
  • 2 years supervisory experience in retail, banking, or other cashiering environment.
  • Strong command of the English language and excellent mathematical skills with attention to details.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Able to move quickly and with ease through crowded public areas; up and down stairs.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Bondable

    Essential Functions
  • Assists Visitor Services management team in all areas of the Visitor Services function, including, but not limited to screening candidates for employment, processing and orienting new hires
  • Supervises cashiers, operator and ushers in daily working environment.
  • Assists Visitor Services management team in the preparation and distribution of daily and weekly schedules for operators, cashiers and ushers, including the preparation of lunch schedules for the brown bag room and staff.
  • Resolves problems with visitors and supports cashiers’ and ushers’ customer service decisions to resolve visitor problems in difficult situations, on an as needed basis.
  • Supports cashiers and ushers in a troubleshooting capacity.
  • Trains new staff and implements staff development programs, including role-playing with employees in groups and on an individual basis, to produce exceptional customer service standards.
  • Oversee reconciliation of daily sales and bank deposits.
  • Oversee daily safe counts. Provides change to cashiers throughout the day.
  • Attends and participates in staff training and meetings as scheduled by Visitor Services management.
  • Record employee attendance using weekly schedule – reporting problems to management.
  • Assists in the preparation of daily and monthly recap reports.
  • Maintains a clean and organized workstation.
  • Maintains supplies and stock at both entrances:
  • Randomly check speeches at lunch room, employee phone use, and listening for zip codes being asked by cashiers.
  • Throughout the day check to see that counters and booths are clean and that all packages and mail are given to the receptionist.
  • Check that counters, radios, reconciliation, and balance and settles are brought to the box office at the end of the shift.
  • Make copies and organize daily group schedule the day before so that the floor staff is prepared in the morning.
  • Assign shift posts; rotate between bus circle, cashiers and ushers

    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 application and resume with cover letter to: RLombardi@maritimeaquarium.org /fax: 203-838-5416/ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854.

 

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

educatorsScience educators are responsible for providing standards-based programs to a wide range of students in the classroom, off-site, on our research vessel, and after-school. Other responsibilities include, but not limited to, facilitating public programs, exhibit interpretation, birthday parties, scout programs including overnights, and promotional events.

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 have 3 weekdays with afternoon/evening and weekend availability.

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (maritimeaquarium.org and click on career opportunities), cover letter and resume to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org/fax: 203-838-5416 or ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, S. Norwalk, CT 06854.


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