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 (E.O.E) 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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Current Job Openings

Aquarium Educator | Part Time

The Maritime Aquarium’s Education Department leads programs and activities for people of all ages in classrooms at the Aquarium, at schools and beaches and events throughout the region, on our research vessel and on the Aquarium floor. This talented and knowledgeable team is seeking new members who are passionate about the natural world, education and aquariums. During the pandemic, many programs are taught virtually via Zoom and other online platforms. 

Candidates must be an upper level college student, or have an undergraduate degree, in a relevant field, strong public speaking skills and experience with children in an educational setting. Desired qualifications include: knowledge of marine biology and local fauna, boating experience, Spanish language skills, experience working with individuals or groups that have special needs, an MA or MS degree, and a current driver’s license with a clean driving record. Candidates must be available weekday afternoons; weekend availability is a plus. 

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.  

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a P.D.F. above), cover letter and resume to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put Educator in the subject line of your e-mail.  

Aquarium Floor Guide | Part Time | Year Round | $16.50/hour

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

The mission of The Maritime Aquarium is to inspire 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. For more than 34 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium historically hosts nearly 400,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to nearly 7,000 animals and over 360 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and as many as 80 part-time and seasonal staff during the summer months, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future. 

About the role

The Maritime Aquarium’s Education Department is seeking talented individuals to serve as educational guides for our Aquarium guests. Guides are ambassadors for the Aquarium, providing knowledge and engagement that enhance the guest experience. Ideal candidates should have a passion for the environment, animals and enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Include but not limited to: 

  • Work with diverse audiences in a variety of settings at the Aquarium. 
  • Proactively greet guests and engage them in conversation. 
  • A variety of programs and roving interpretation, including but not limited to: 
  • Presenting animal training and feeding demonstration talks 
  • Leading Aquarium tours  
  • Engaging with guests at Aquarium touch pool interactive stations: Jellies, Intertidal, Sharks and Rays  
  • Presenting live animal encounters 
  • Facilitating mission celebration events (Earth Day, World Ocean Day, etc) 
  • Facilitating play in the Sea & Discover Zone (early childhood space) 
  • Overseeing craft or other Aquarium floor tables  
  • Leading birthday parties 
  • Participate in overnight program activities (tours, crafts, and more) 
  • Providing hands-on guest engagement activities during special events 
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS 
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age or older. 
  • High School Diploma or GED (General Education Degree) required. 
  • Interpretive training and experience preferred but not required. 
  • Comfortable working with a diverse population. 
  • Comfortable using a microphone. 
  • Must possess an outgoing personality and enthusiastic attitude. 
  • Ability to multitask and exhibit good judgment. 
  • Possess the ability to function independently or with a supervisor to control guest challenges and expectations. 
  • Must have a strong desire to provide exceptional guest experiences. 
POSITION REQUIREMENTS 
  • Will sometimes work extended/odd hours including weekends, holidays and some night programs. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Position works mainly indoors with seasonal outdoor opportunities. 
  • This position requires a minimum of 20 hours of availability weekly, with at least 1 available weekend day. 

 

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. Activities, duties and responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.   

 

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.   

 

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a P.D.F. above), cover letter and resume to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put Aquarium Floor Guide in the subject line of your e-mail.

Guest Services Employee | Part Time | $16/hour

Essential Job Functions

This position requires the ability to stand or sit for several hours at a time. Must be personable, customer-service oriented, and have a strong command of the English language with a clear speaking voice. Must have a passion for exceptional customer service.  

Minimum Qualifications
  • Previous experience in guest service preferred.   

  • High School diploma 

  • Enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing and engaging.  

  • Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal.   

  • Excellent communication skills.   

  • Comfortable interacting with large crowds.   

  • Commitment to high guest service standards.  

  • Proficiency in a second language is a plus.   

  • Ability to work weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.   

  • Required to wear a uniform and follow departmental dress code.   

  • Preferred open availability.   

Essential Job Functions

All staff in this position will be cross-trained.  

  • Cashier/Usher/Receptionist
    • Computer literate.    
    • Responsible for execution of tickets sales, membership sales, refunds, and communicating pricing and program information to our guests.    
    • Makes minor decisions regarding crowd control and individual guest concerns.  
    • Ability to enforce current CDC Guidelines with each guest   
    • Able to maintain a positive attitude dealing with both guests and staff.   
    • Ability to communicate effectively with guests and staff.  
    • Responsible for having a balanced register.   
    • Greets buses and gives welcome speech on bus and in lunchroom.    
    • Interacts in a welcoming manner.  
    • Able to manage lunchroom schedule in a punctual manner.    
  • 4-D Theater Operator   
    • Determine if guests are at the proper movie showing.  
    • Seat guests according to current CDC and capacity guidelines.  
    • Load and prep digital movies.  
    • Remain in the theater to monitor guests throughout each movie.  
    • Wipe and sanitize seats between showings within 5-8 minutes.  
    • Recognize and report technical issues or malfunctions to management.  
    • Sanitize and wipe clean large quantities 3-D Glasses for use the next day.  
    • Properly follow deep cleaning guides for end of day procedures.  
  • Receptionist
    • All Guest Services staff will be required to cover the position of receptionist from time to time.   
    • Friendly and professional tone needed.  
    • Ability to learn and convey basic information, including pricing, membership and upcoming events. 
    • Ability to direct guests to specific exhibits when asked and know the layout of the The Maritime Aquarium.  
  • Sound Bites Café Barista
    • Able to quickly and accurately construct coffee drinks following Starbucks Recipe Guides.  
    • Ability to consistently take orders and communicate clearly to other staff members.  
    • Dispense and serve ice cream per order standards.  
    • Utilize Point of Sales system quickly and efficiently.  
    • Manage a balanced register.  
    • Ability to lift inventory of 10 – 20 pounds.  
    • Restock snacks and drink as needed between orders.  
    • Clean Café during shift and during close down procedures.  

 This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.  

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.   

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a PDF above), cover letter and resume to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put Cashier in the subject line of your e-mail.  

IT Associate | Full-Time

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. seeks a full time IT Associate. Reporting to the Associate Director of IT, this position provides support organization wide to meet the needs of the business operations in all forms of IT (Information Technology) and AV (Audio Visual).  

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND  

The mission of The Maritime Aquarium is to inspire 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. For more than 34 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium historically hosts nearly 400,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to nearly 7,000 animals and over 360 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future.   

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Two year - degree in a technology related field or relevant working experience. 

  • Knowledge of network, phone, hardware, and software systems. 

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

  • Working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite a plus 

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, problem solving and communication skills. 

  • Able to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays.  

  • Perform all duties and responsibilities in a timely and effective manner. 

  • Maintain a favorable working relationship to foster and promote a cooperative and harmonious working climate.  

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Maintain and provide technical support for all IT and AV systems utilized by The Maritime Aquarium teams including but not limited to: Network, security systems, phone systems, computers, laptops, exhibits (digital display and audio systems), 4D Theater and all supporting equipment for presentations (audio, visual) in various locations throughout the campus.  

  • Maintain and improve technical systems to ensure all staff have the tools they need to complete their work and the organizations files remain safe and intact. 

  • Review diagnostics and assess the functionality and efficiency of systems including, tracking data usage on the network.  

  • Review Maritime Aquarium compliance with insurance and audit requirements and assist in the implementation of cyber security measures. 

  • Maintains current knowledge of emerging security threats, technical challenges, and developments in system protection and IT security standards. 

  • Install and update Maritime Aquarium software and hardware as needed. 

  • Participates in AV team operations and provides technical support for meetings, and special events. 

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.  

TO APPLY  

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Rosemarie Lombardi at rlombardi@Maritimeaquarium.org, with IT Associate in the subject line of your email.   

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. 

Reservations Associate | Part Time | $16.50/hour

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND 

The mission of the Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate the Long Island Sound, its ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. For almost 34 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium hosts nearly 500,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to more than 7,000 animals and 300 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future.  

Position Summary

The Reservations Associate is responsible for accepting and processing reservations by telephone, e-mail, fax and mail for a variety of programs offered by the Maritime Aquarium.  This position requires strong selling skills, a high level of enthusiasm, and the ability to achieve sales goals.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma
  • 2 year of sales experience
  • Excellent communication/writing skills
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • Strong interpersonal skills, patient, courteous and friendly demeanor
  • Excellent memory for detail
  • Reliable and punctual work history
  • Ability to work under pressure and to handle high volume of telephone calls.
Essential Position Functions

  • Enters data on specialized computer program while simultaneously taking reservation information via telephone.
  • Develops and maintains personal knowledge of The Maritime Aquarium’s various services and programs.
  • Markets and packages groups of 10 or more for TMA general admissions, 4D films, and educational programs.
  • Communicates quickly and clearly with TMA staff and with the public
  • Produces computer-generated reports on a scheduled basis, and as requested.
  • Attends and participates in staff and office meetings

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.

To Apply

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

Please provide a cover letter, resume and application (available as a PDF above) to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put Reservations Associate in your subject line. 

Senior Accountant | Full Time

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. (the Aquarium) seeks a Senior Accountant to join its Finance Team. The Aquarium is envisioning significant expansion of its education programs and conservation initiatives on behalf of the region and Long Island Sound, a nationally recognized ecosystem.  

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

The mission of The Maritime Aquarium is to inspire 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. For more than 34 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium historically hosts nearly 400,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to nearly 7,000 animals and over 360 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Primary Responsibilities

The Senior Accountant reports to the Director of Finance and works closely with team members in the Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Grants Management functions as well as across departments throughout the Aquarium.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Manages general ledger and completes month-end and year-end close processes, including journal entries
  • Calculates and maintains accruals, deferrals, fixed assets, and prepaids
  • Completes monthly reconciliations, including bank recs, systems tie outs, and GL account recs
  • Assists with the preparation of financial statements and regulatory reporting documents
  • Analyzes financial reports and prepares budget vs. actual reporting
  • Prepares financial reports for taxes, regulatory agencies, and stockholders
  • Assists with audits
  • Works effectively and professionally with other accounting department team members
  • Assists the Director of Finance in preparing documents and interpreting complicated financial information for managers and executives

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field
  • Three to five years of experience in accounting roles
  • Experience in a non-profit organization preferred
  • Advanced Excel skills required
  • Financial systems expertise and experience bridging multiple platforms/tools
  • Experience with Sage and/or Tessitura ideal
  • Attention to detail with outstanding problem-solving skills, sound judgment, and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to the Aquarium’s mission, with an appreciation for the important role that the Aquarium plays in conservation, education and the life of a vibrant community. 

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.

TO APPLY

Please send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Rosemarie Lombardi at rlombardi@Maritimeaquarium.org, with Senior Accountant in the subject line of your email. Preference will be given to applications received before October 15, but the position will remain open until filled.  No phone calls please.

 

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

Senior Aquarist - Ambassador Animals | Full Time

The Senior Aquarist for Ambassador Animals is responsible for the reptile, amphibian, bird, and small mammal collection, as well as animal use in educational programming and public presentations. This position supervises a team of aquarists in their husbandry duties and will coordinate closely with veterinarians, life support staff, and other departments to ensure optimal care and welfare of these species. 

Minimum Qualifications 
  • Four-year degree (B.S. or B.A.) in biology, zoology, marine biology, or related field. 

  • Minimum of five years husbandry experience with reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and birds in a public aquarium, zoo, or museum setting.  Prior experience in an AZA Accredited facility preferred. 

  • Prior experience with program/ambassador animals used in public demonstrations. 

  • Advanced knowledge of the operation and maintenance of aquatic and terrestrial and life support systems, including experience with water quality testing. 

  • 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 field collection experience preferred. 

Essential Job Functions 
  • Supervises a team of Aquarists, executing duties such as scheduling, performance assessments, and ordering department supplies. 

  • Oversees collection of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and birds, including their husbandry, exhibit maintenance, and life support systems. 

  • Responsible for administering animal diets and maintaining inventory of dietary items and supplies including live and frozen animals, produce, and dietary supplements. 

  • Responsible for assessing animal condition, identifying diseases and administering treatments as prescribed by the veterinarian 

  • Coordinates with veterinarians to perform routine diagnostics (fecal flotations, chytrid screening, bloodwork, et cetera). 

  • Oversees the husbandry of all reptile, amphibian, small mammal and bird exhibits and enclosures as well as any fish that may be present within those exhibits. 

  • Trains staff (including educators, docents, and interns) on the proper handling of ambassador animals for public presentations. 

  • Keeps logs of animal use in public presentations and ensures adequate rotation of animals and sufficient rest periods. 

  • Maintains accurate records, and oversees behavioral management via conditioning and environmental enrichment as appropriate for various taxa. 

  • Works with SSP programs as applicable, oversees amphibian and reptile breeding. 

  • Assists in exhibit development and construction. 

  • Travel offsite for programs, presentations, and the accession/deaccession of animals 

  • Performs water quality analysis, and makes adjustments. 

  • Documents and communicates observations. 

  • Able to work weekends and holidays and travel for extended periods of time to perform collecting duties. 

  • Maintains a variety of collecting equipment. 

  • Performs other tasks 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 cover letter, resume and TMA  application (available as a PDF above) to rstein@maritimeaquarium.org and rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put SA in your subject line. 

Senior Educator (Special Education) | Full Time

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. (TMA or the Aquarium) seeks a full time Senior Educator (Special Education). 

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND  

The mission of the Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate the Long Island Sound, its ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. For almost 34 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium hosts nearly 500,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to more than 7,000 animals and 300 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future.   

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Maritime Aquarium seeks a talented, charismatic Senior Educator (Special Education) to provide outstanding programs and activities for a wide variety of audiences. These programs will be held in Aquarium classrooms and at animal exhibits, at schools and coastal sites, aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel, and at other places.  

The Senior Educator (Special Education) has an active role in developing new programs and writing lesson plans, as well as training part-time staff. The Senior Educator (Special Education) has particular responsibility for developing and leading programs for audiences that have special needs, developmental issues and/or alternative learning styles. However, responsibilities will include programs for all audiences. The weekly schedule will include one regular weekend day.  

Successful candidates will have an undergraduate or Master’s degree in a relevant field, plus substantial experience in special education. Excellent presentation and other communication skills are essential. Desired qualifications include previous experience as an educator in an aquarium, zoo, museum of other informal learning site. 

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.  

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. 

TO apply

Please provide a cover letter, resume and Maritime Aquarium application (available as a PDF above) to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put SESE in your subject line.  

Senior Manager, Events and Community Engagement | Full Time

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. (TMA or the Aquarium) seeks a Senior Manager of Events and Community Engagement, responsible for conceiving, creating and executing compelling events at the Aquarium. This individual also generates community goodwill by representing the Aquarium at off-site events, trade shows, conventions, etc.

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND 

The mission of The Maritime Aquarium is to inspire 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. For more than 34 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium historically hosts nearly 400,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to nearly 7,000 animals and over 360 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future.  

POSITION OVERVIEW

Reporting to the Vice President of Philanthropy and Engagement, the Senior Manager of Events and Community Engagement, is responsible for working cross-functionally to conceive, create and execute compelling (cultivation and fundraising) events at the Aquarium. This individual also generates community goodwill by representing the Aquarium at off-site events, trade shows, conventions, etc. and establishes and/or co-manages corporate partners looking to engage in outreach activities.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Fundraising and ‘Friend-raising’ Events 

  • Establish fundraising and ‘friend-raising’ event manual(s), processes, etc. in line with agency processes.
  • In coordination with the development team and SSA catering, plan and execute all fundraising and ‘friend-raising’ events including, but not limited to, the annual gala, annual golf classic, and others TBD. Responsibilities include:
  • Serve as primary point of contact to internal and external stakeholders, including event permitting if/as needed.
  • Create and manage event project plan and timeline.
  • Develop event specific budgets—in line with revenue projections, manage to approved line items, track all revenue and expenses, and process associated invoices. 
  • Coordinate the event run-of-show; lead on logistics, through event execution.
  • Partner with the development team on solicitations, gift processing and acknowledgements.
  • Conduct vendor research for all elements (design, AV, entertainment, etc.), make hiring recommendations and manage once on-board.
  • Ensure Aquarium staffing and assignments to relevant responsibilities before, during, and after event.
  • Plan and oversee event debrief sessions with outlook planning for following year

Community Partnerships and Engagement Events

  • Establish guidelines for partnership and relevant event manuals, processes, etc. in line with agency processes.
  • In partnership with development, marketing, guest services and others, field inquiries from community partners and corporations seeking engagement activities; conduct due diligence.
  • Work with partners to create meaningful opportunities to connect the Aquarium:
  • In concert with development and marketing teams, create proposals (and agreements) with engagement opportunities and associated benefits. 
  • Manage and expand relationships with community partners.
  • In coordination with membership, ensure partners are up-to-date on agreements by overseeing calendar of any corporate memberships/agreements.
  • Ensure partner relationship is sustained through ongoing communication and evaluation of needs and any possible reports/updates.
  • Attend community partner events as a representative of the Aquarium, both internally and externally.
  • Oversee and manage all Community Partnerships and Engagement Events in line with activities outlined in Point #1.
  • Partner internally to design and execute all Aquarium-sponsored events, in line with activities outlined in Point #1.

Other

  • Support logistics of press and staff events as requested.
  • Support/lead special projects as requested.
QUALIFICATIONS 

Work Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant and progressive experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Marketing or related field. 
  • Experience in a non-profit organization preferred. 
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and manage event details.  

Knowledge and Skills

  • Commitment to the Aquarium’s mission, with an appreciation for the important role that the Aquarium plays in conservation, education and the life of a vibrant community.  
  • Commitment to equity and social justice, and strong alignment with our organizational values.
  • An attitude of creativity, innovation, confidence and entrepreneurship, with an ability to inspire and motivate audiences. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills across stakeholders including: staff, volunteers, trustees, vendors, talent, donors and others; works well within teams, strong collaborator.
  • Ability to prioritize the needs of the business in tandem with the needs of the event and strong guest experiences.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Continuous improvement / problem solving mindset and way of working
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and experience with fundraising databases. 
  • Excellent organizational, project management and negotiating skills.  
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Willingness to work evenings, weekends and holidays as needed. 
TO APPLY 

Please send a cover letter, CV and salary requirements to Rosemarie Lombardi at rlombardi@Maritimeaquarium.org, with Senior Manager of Events and Community Engagement in the subject line of your email.  

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

Spanish-Speaking Aquarium Educator | Part Time | $17/hour

The Maritime Aquarium’s Education Department leads programs and activities for people of all ages in classrooms at the Aquarium, at schools and beaches and events throughout the region, on our research vessel and on the Aquarium floor. This talented and knowledgeable team is seeking new members who are passionate about the natural world, education and aquariums. During the pandemic, many programs are taught virtually via Zoom and other online platforms. 

Candidates must be fluent in Spanish and able to teach programs on marine biology and related topics to a variety of Spanish-speaking audiences. Candidates also must be an upper level college student, or have an undergraduate degree, in a relevant field, and have strong public speaking skills and experience with children in an educational setting. 

Desired qualifications include: knowledge of marine biology and local fauna and a current driver’s license with a clean driving record. 

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.  

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a PDF above), cover letter and resume to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put SS Educator in subject line of your e-mail. 

Trainer/Aquarist | Full Time

The Trainer/Aquarist at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is responsible for assisting in the care of our resident mammals.  This includes Atlantic harbor seals, slender-tailed meerkats, North American river otters, Geoffreys tamarins, a striped skunk and a prehensile-tailed porcupine.  

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Prefer four-year degree (B.S. or B.A.) in marine biology, biology, zoology, psychology or related field OR
  • A two-year degree (A.S./A.A.S.) in a relevant field plus a minimum of one year experience in animal care (may be any combination of paid work, internships, or volunteer service) may be substituted for formal education.
  • Basic knowledge of the operation and maintenance of aquarium and life support systems, including experience with water quality testing.
  • General knowledge of laboratory equipment and operating procedures.
  • The ability to uphold USDA standards in all areas of operation including fish kitchen, animal areas, laboratory, freezers/fridges
  • Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal
  • Ability to lift 60 pounds
  • Ability to negotiate stairs, climb high obstacles and maneuver easily in exhibit and support areas
  • Able to negotiate various field conditions
  • Ability to work standing up for extended periods of time
  • Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record
  • SCUBA certification preferred
  • Able to work weekends and holidays
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
  • Training, husbandry care, diet preparation and feeding for marine and terrestrial mammals
  • Identifies diseases and administers treatments as prescribed by the veterinarian
  • Maintain exhibit areas and related life support systems
  • Performs water quality analysis.
  • Participates in the collection of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display in Aquarium tanks.
  • Participate in behavioral enrichment
  • Documents and communicates observations.
  • Observe animal behavior and report any unusual/abnormal behavior to supervisor
  • Maintain feeding, behavior, training and medical records
  • Assist with routine veterinary husbandry procedures as needed
  • Public presentations and keeper chats
  • This position will require the individual to work weekends and holidays, and to travel for extended periods of time to perform collecting duties.
  • Other duties as assigned

Please provide cover letter, resume and TMA  application (available as a PDF above) to rstein@maritimeaquarium.org and rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put TA in your subject line. 

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.

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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Open Daily 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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