Career Opportunities

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.

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.

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Available Positions

 

Maintenance Technician | Full-Time | Non-Exempt

The Maintenance Technician ensures the reliable and safe 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.

Please provide application (available as a pdf above) 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. EOE

Senior Aquarist: Jellies and Tropical Fish/Invertebrates | Full-Time

The Senior Aquarist for Jellies and Invertebrates is responsible for the jellies, corals and tropical fish, as well as the maintenance of their life support systems. This position supervises the Jellies and Tropical Aquarists.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Prefer four-year degree in marine biology, biology, zoology or related field OR
  • Minimum of five years of jellies and/or coral husbandry experience in a public aquarium husbandry/operations position.
  • Advanced knowledge of the operation and maintenance of aquarium and life support systems, especially jellies and coral systems, including experience with water quality testing.
  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory equipment and operating procedures.
  • Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal.
  • Able to lift a minimum of 60 pounds.
  • Able to negotiate stairs, climb high obstacles and maneuver easily in various behind the scenes areas.
  • Able to negotiate various field conditions.
  • Able to work standing up for extended periods of time.
  • Valid license required with a clean driving record.
  • SCUBA certification and collection experience preferred.

 

Essential Job Functions

  • Supervises Jellies and Tropical Aquarists, including scheduling, performance assessments, and ordering department supplies.
  • Maintains all jellies, coral, and tropical life support systems.
  • Responsible for the development of culturing techniques and standards necessary to produce a variety of species of jellies.
  • Responsible for the output of jelly culture labs and maintaining jellies exhibits.
  • Culture of live foods for jellies and other aquarium animals.
  • Oversees the husbandry of marine turtles and maintains tropical fish and invertebrate exhibits.
  • Responsible for development of coral fragging and tropical fish breeding techniques.
  • Assists in exhibit development.
  • Assess animal condition.
  • Performs water quality analysis, and make adjustments.
  • Participates in the collection of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display in Aquarium tanks.
  • Documents and communicates observations.
  • Maintains a variety of collecting equipment, and performs other tasks as assigned.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays and travel for extended periods of time to perform collecting duties.

 

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 (available as a pdf above) 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. EOE

 

Dive Safety Officer | Full-Time

The Dive Safety Officer (DSO), reporting to the Director of Animal Husbandry, is a full time position responsible for the coordination and management of volunteer and staff SCUBA dive operations and training.  The position will also be responsible for creating dive schedules, conducting safety drills, and ensuring compliance with all OSHA, AAUS, and AZA standards for aquarium and scientific diving.  The DSO will also act as registrar for the living collections, and will maintain the database and ensure records are kept up to date.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Four (4) year degree in the biological sciences or similar discipline preferred.
  • Minimum five (5) years experience in a public aquarium husbandry/operations position.
  • Must hold a valid certification as an open-water SCUBA instructor for a nationally recognized training agency.
  • General knowledge of computer databases and Microsoft office suite.
  • 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

  • Schedule volunteer and staff divers for maintenance of exhibits and dive presentations
  • Maintain TMA SCUBA equipment including, but not limited to compressors, regulators, full-face masks, buoyancy compensators, wetsuits, et cetera.
  • Maintain membership in the Association of Dive Program Administrators (ADPA)
  • Ensure that air samples are regularly taken from the air compressor and sent out to ensure occupational safety.
  • Coordinate with boat captains, vessel staff, husbandry supervisors, and the conservation and science teams on field collection activities.
  • Ensure the online record-keeping database (Tracks) is kept up to date
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

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 (available as a pdf above) 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. EOE

Laboratory and Field Assistant | Part-Time

The Laboratory and Field Assistant assists The Maritime Aquarium in conjunction with the Research Scientist and the husbandry staff, the education team and external partner organizations in the development and implementation of in situ and ex situ research and conservation activities as well as the development of grants and other funding for all related programs. The Laboratory and Field Assistant will serve under the direction of the Research Scientist and broader Department of Research and Conservation to support research and conservation related activities. The Laboratory and Field Assistant will play a critical role in our goal of the preservation and stewardship of Long Island Sound, global ecosystems and the organisms that live in these diverse habitats.  

 

Responsibilities                 

  • Assists in planning and execution of in situ and ex situ research and conservation projects, including statistical analysis, as defined by the Research Scientist.
  • Assists with coordinating relationships between The Maritime Aquarium and 3rd party partners such as universities, government agencies, conservation organizations and non-profit entities to further the goals of TMA, as required.
  • Assists the Research Scientist and Development Department to identify and acquire funding opportunities to support the research and conservation initiatives of TMA.
  • Assists with sample repositories of TMA, coordinating collections of fixed and frozen samples collected during research and conservation activities.
  • Ensures federal, state, and local regulatory compliance in all aspects of research and conservation operations.
  • Collaborates with the Education Department to ensure TMA guests remain abreast of TMA research and conservation programs and initiatives, as directed by the Research Scientist as part of the conservation communication strategy.
  • Leads students engaged in research projects, such as interns, including development of related project.
  • Educational presentations to students, members and other relevant TMA audiences.
  • Participating in development and implementation of citizen science activities for a range of audiences.
  • Interacting with TMA guests as part of select events, such as Long Island Sound Day and World Ocean’s Day.
  • As needed and directed by the Research Scientist, interact on behalf of The Maritime Aquarium with guests, media, general public, etc.
  • Other activities, duties and responsibilities as assigned.

 

Qualifications

  • Preferred: Master’s Degree in a biological science, research, or conservation field, and relevant experience.
  • Five years of work experience in marine or aquatic biology research or conservation activities.
  • Preferred Five years of work or volunteer experience in an AZA accredited institution, University or equivalent, working on research or conservation issues with aquatic animals or ecosystems.
  • Preferred: Experience with ArcGIS or similar mapping software, Required: Analytical skills for procedures such as, but not limited to: microscope and stereoscope analysis, basic water chemistry, and field sampling techniques.
  • Required: Video analysis skills with Noldus EthoVisionXT software, underdstanding of Vernier LoggerPro 3 for respirometry, and statistical analysis skills (experience with R preferred).
  • Required: Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, including grant writing. 
  • Required: Experience operating under chemical safety guidelines and maintaining biosecurity in an environment with animals.
  • Preferred: AAUS Scientific Diver certification.
  • Preferred: Bilingual (to intermediate level).
  • Required: A demonstrated commitment to organizational waste reduction and conservation practices; a willingness to adhere to such programs.
  • Required: An ability to work independently or as part of a coordinated team is essential, including intrinsic motivation and the ability to effectively manage multiple task streams spanning both the field programs and aquarium-based responsibilities.
  • Required: Demonstrated professionalism, including politeness, good judgment, effective time management and punctuality, and an appreciation for diversity.
  • Required: Ability to be flexible and shift priorities to meet changing institutional and project requirements.
  • Required: Ability to work in various field conditions, weather, and ability to lift 50 pounds.

 

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 (available as a pdf above) 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. EOE

Science Educator | Part-Time | $14/hr

Position Description

  • Science Educators are the front-line teachers of education programs – targeting children and adults – run out of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.   The Aquarium’s education department develops and presents programming that increases understanding of the biological world and facilitates the stewardship of natural environments, with a specific focus on Long Island Sound. 

 

Essential Functions

  • Assume role of lead educator in presenting classroom, exhibit gallery-based and field-based programs targeting children and adults representing a range of ages. Includes duties related to:
    • Class preparation / set-up / take-down;
    • Teacher communication;
    • The presentation of prepared curricula utilizing a variety of educational aids (e.g. live animals, audio/visual equipment, artifacts, microscopes, dissecting kits);
    • The organization, inventorying and restocking of education materials and supplies.
  • Attends all required staff training and meetings.
  • Assumes administrative duties related to time accounting and program evaluation / data collection.

 

Required Qualifications

  • Current college undergraduate student, college graduate or graduate student majoring in a natural science field (i.e. biology, life, physical, earth sciences) and/or an education field (e.g. general education, environmental education, museum education)
  • Experience as a teacher, docent, performing artist or similar.
  • Experience working with pre-kindergarten/kindergarten, elementary and/or middle school-aged children.
  • Strong written and verbal English skills.
  • Strong time management, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds and work in a variety of natural environments (e.g. forests, stream/river habitats and coastal habitats) in a range of weather conditions.
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to effectively supervise young students in a variety of environments and respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  • Competency using the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

 

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of local marine flora fauna and/or flora.
  • Current driver’s license with a clean driving record.
  • Ability to speak, write and comprehend Spanish.
  • Experience working on boats and/or an ability and willingness to conduct programs from boating platforms. Includes the assumption of duties related to safety, maintenance, scientific sampling, and environmental data collection (e.g. line handling, hauling anchors, working with a variety of water, plankton, sediment, fish and other sampling gear).

 

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 (available as a pdf above) 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. EOE

Science Educator for The Maritime Aquarium's Classroom, Exhibit and Off-site Education Programs | Part-Time | $14/hr

Science 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 Maritime Aquarium application (available as a pdf above) and resume with cover letter to:  rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org /fax: 203-838-5416 or  ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854. EOE

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.)

Please provide Maritime Aquarium application (available as a pdf above) to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org /fax: 203-838-5416 or  ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854. EOE

Our Mission

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.

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Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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