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.  

Dive Safety Officer | Full Time

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND   

The mission of the Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound, its ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. For more than 33 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 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.    

The Dive Safety Officer (DSO), working within the animal husbandry team and reporting to the Associate Director of Animal Husbandry, is 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 applicable OSHA, AAUS, and AZA regulations/standards for aquarium and scientific diving.  The DSO will manage and coordinate the volunteer dive team, planning volunteer dives, and ensuring credentials and medical requirements are kept up to date. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 
  • Four (4) year degree in the biological sciences or similar discipline preferred. 

  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in a public aquarium husbandry or dive operations position, or relevant experience from a comparable setting (university or similar). 

  • Must hold a valid certification as an open-water SCUBA instructor for a nationally recognized training agency (GUE, PADI, NAUI, IDEA, SSI, et al.). 

  • General knowledge of computer databases and Microsoft office suite. 

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

  • 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 instructor certification with the ability to teach open-water, advanced open-water, rescue diver, first aid/CPR/AED, and oxygen provider classes. 

  • 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  

  • Serve as Chairperson of the Dive Control Board (DCB) and serve on the general Safety Committee. 

  • Maintain TMA SCUBA equipment including, but not limited to compressors, regulators, cylinders, full-face masks, buoyancy compensators, wetsuits, drysuits, 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. 

  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to field collections, research activities, animal husbandry assistance, animal transports, educational presentations, dive volunteer recruiting, et cetera. 

 

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 encourage to apply. 

Please provide a cover letter and resume to rstein@maritimeaquarium.org and to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org and put DSO  in your subject line. 

Fellowship in Animal Husbandry

The Maritime Aquarium aims to promote diversity and inclusion by encouraging applicants from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to pursue a career in animal husbandry. 

We are launching The Maritime Aquarium Fellowship in Animal Husbandry. We will provide fellowships to two candidates from underrepresented demographics with the opportunity to work intensively with the Aquarium’s live animal collections alongside professional aquarists.  

Fellows will work full-time for one year and be paid $16.00 per hour with full benefits. The fellowship will provide hands-on learning, mentorship, and professional support. 

The selected candidates will demonstrate a passion for the applied science of animal husbandry, the environment, wildlife and/or conservation, and have plans to pursue a professional career at aquariums and/or zoos. 

Fellows will receive experience working with a broad array of animal taxa (fishes, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals), as well as industry-recognized credentials in animal welfare, and continuing education in animal husbandry, water quality analysis, life support systems (LSS), and other topics through our professional development program. 

Fellows will also be provided the opportunity to earn an open-water SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized training agency at no cost. This combination of experience and certifications will make the fellow highly qualified for a career in animal husbandry in an aquarium or zoo setting. 

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Guest Services Employee | Part Time

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.  

Jellies Aquarist | Full Time | $16/hour

The Jellies Aquarist is responsible for the jellies and the maintenance of their life support systems. 

Minimum Qualifications
  • Prefer four-year degree (B.S.) in marine biology, biology, zoology or related field OR 

  • A two-year degree (A.S./A.A.S.) in a relevant field plus a minimum of two years of jellyfish husbandry experience in a public aquarium husbandry/operations position may be substituted for formal education. 

  • Basic knowledge of the operation and maintenance of aquarium and life support systems, especially jellyfish systems, including experience with water quality testing. 

  • General 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.  

  • Collection experience preferred.  

Essential Job Functions
  • Maintain all jellies life support systems. 

  • Assess animal condition. 

  • Perform water quality analysis, and make adjustments. 

  • Participate in the collection of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display in Aquarium tanks.  

  • Documents and communicates observations to the Senior Jellies Aquarist.  

  • Maintains a variety of collecting equipment. 

  • Culture of live foods for jellies and other aquarium animals. 

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

Maintenance Technician | Full Time | $20/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 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 historically 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 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 

The Maintenance Technician ensures the reliable and safe operation of all Maritime 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

  • Conduct s 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.

TO APPLY 

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

Please send a cover letter, resume and TMA application (available as a PDF above) to Rosemarie Lombardi, rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org and put Maintenance Technician in the subject line of your email. 

 

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. 

Seasonal Camp Counselor | Temporary | $15.50/hour

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND 

The mission of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk 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 education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education at the Aquarium, in classrooms, through shoreline exploration or aboard its floating classroom, the R/V Spirit of the Sound.  

The Aquarium has received significant recognition 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, with TMA staff partnering with universities, local school districts, social services, other charities, local businesses, and government research and environmental agencies in fulfilment of its mission and on behalf of the region. Its annual operating budget is approximately $13 million, consisting of approximately $10 million in earned income, with the remaining funds derived primarily from private support and government sources. The strength of the Aquarium is its 66 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff ranging from 50 to 100 additional employees, in addition to more than 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually (the equivalent of 17 staff).  

POSITION OVERVIEW

Seeking engaging and dynamic individuals with a passion for nature and working with children to join our summer camp team. This position works with year-round Education staff to develop and facilitate hands-on science and animal encounters, field trips, and conservation activities for in-person camps. Candidates must be available to attend virtual camp training in June and be available Monday through Friday on the following dates from 8:30am-4:30pm (hours may slightly vary depending on the day) June 20 – August 19.  

Position Qualifications
  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have or be working towards a degree in a science or education related field.  

  • Have a minimum of 2 years of summer camp experience or other experience working with children in an educational setting. 

  • Health exam conducted within the past 3 years 

  • Ability to lift 60 lb. 

Preferred Qualification
  • CPR/AED/First Aid certification with Red Cross or The American Heart Association.  

  • Valid administration of medication certification.  

  • Bilingual language skills 

Position Responsibilities
  • Work with year-round education staff to facilitate hands-on activities, tours, animal encounters, games, and other camp-related activities for in-person camps. 

  • Helping to prepare daily camp materials including craft materials and experiment equipment 

  • Assist with cleaning and sanitization of camp materials.  

  • Help oversee the health and safety of campers by performing basic first aid and behavioral monitoring 

  • Participating in all field trip experiences including, but not limited to going aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel, to the local beach, and other outdoor locations. 

  • Other duties as assigned 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities 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 is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. 

Please send resume and cover letter to Rosemarie Lombardi at rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org  

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. 

Spanish-Speaking Aquarium Educator | Part Time | $15.50/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. 

Staff Diver | Part Time/Temporary

The Staff Diver is responsible for overseeing dive activities on their scheduled day, as well as participating in staff dives and minor maintenance of dive equipment.  This is a temporary position through the summer of 2022 or until all permanent staff positions at the Aquarium are filled.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Must hold at minimum valid certifications in open-water and advanced SCUBA diving from a nationally recognized training agency (GUE, PADI, NAUI, IDEA, SSI, et al.); Rescue Diver or higher certification preferred.
  • Proficiency in SCUBA diving with at least 50 logged dives, good situational awareness, and able to demonstrate above-average buoyancy control.
  • General knowledge of computer databases and Microsoft office suite.
  • 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 tanks, exhibits, and behind the scenes areas. 
  • Able to work while wet or in the water for extended periods of time.
  • Able to work standing up for extended periods of time.
  • Valid driver’s license required.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays.
Essential Job Functions
  • Server as Designated Person In Charge (DPIC) on days they are working
  • Prepares access points and equipment disinfection bath for volunteer dives on weekends
  • Maintain TMA SCUBA equipment including, but not limited to compressors, regulators, cylinders, full-face masks, buoyancy compensators, wetsuits, drysuits, et cetera.
  • Participates in staff and volunteer dives, both as diver and topside tender as needed
  • 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 cover letter, resume and TMA application (available as a PDF above) to rstein@maritimeaquarium.org and rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org

Supervisor of Interpretive Services & Programs

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND  

  The mission of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk 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 education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education at the Aquarium, in classrooms, through shoreline exploration or aboard its floating classroom, the R/V Spirit of the Sound.   

  The Aquarium has received significant recognition 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, with TMA staff partnering with universities, local school districts, social services, other charities, local businesses, and government research and environmental agencies in fulfilment of its mission and on behalf of the region. Its annual operating budget is approximately $13 million, consisting of approximately $10 million in earned income, with the remaining funds derived primarily from private support and government sources. The strength of the Aquarium is its 66 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff ranging from 50 to 100 additional employees, in addition to more than 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually (the equivalent of 17 staff).   

Position Overview

The Supervisor of Interpretive Services & Programs supports the volunteer and education department ensuring the highest quality of interpretation across the Aquarium’s diverse platforms including floor stations, animal encounters, mission-celebration events, and exhibit design.  

The Supervisor of Interpretive Services & Programs is responsible for interpretive training and assessment among volunteers and part-time educators. This supervisor will work with the Associate Director of Education and Volunteer Coordinator to ensure the Aquarium has a corps of volunteers that is diverse and meets the organization's current and future needs. This position will help maintain and update the organization’s master interpretive plan and guide interpretive processes for content and exhibit development.   

TO APPLY 

Please send a cover letter, your resume and an Aquarium application (available as a P.D.F. above with Supervisor of Interpretive Services & Programs in the status line of your e-mail to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org. 

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

Vessel Educator & Crewmember | Part-time/ Seasonal | $15.50/hour

Essential Job Functions
  • Handle and haul in lines aboard the R/V Spirit of the Sound 

  • Serve as an educator and naturalist for groups of up to 40 passengers on public and charter cruises 

  • Maintain a safe environment at all times 

  • Ability to respond appropriately in emergency situations 

  • Participate in drug screening program per USCG regulations and safety trainings 

Required Qualifications
  • High school diploma 

  • Prior boating experience a must. 

  • Physical fitness is needed to handle gear and move about the boat 

  • Must be able to lift/carry in excess of 60 pounds of gear and other equipment and work in a variety of weather conditions 

  • Positive attitude and enthusiasm 

  • Excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills 

  • Able to work evenings, weekends, and holidays 

Desired Qualifications
  • Teaching experience preferred. 

  • College degree preferred 

  • Knowledge of local marine flora, fauna, and maritime history. 

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.

Volunteer Coordinator | Full Time

The Volunteer Coordinator (VC) is responsible for the supervision and growth of The Maritime Aquarium’s ambitious volunteer programs.

The VC must be an outstanding recruiter, able to employ innovative strategies for attracting new volunteers.  The VC must be an experienced and effective supervisor, capable of training, mentoring and assessing a diverse group of volunteers who range from teenagers to older adults, including people with special needs. The VC must set the example for volunteers in terms of superlative customer service and engagement.

The VC works closely with the Associate Director of Education, Supervisor of Interpretive Services & Programs, and other relevant staff to ensure the Aquarium has a corps of volunteers that is large, diverse and consistent enough to meet existing and future needs.

The VC is also responsible for oversight of the college internship program. The VC is a sensitive and effective mentor and colleague, a "people person" able to achieve superior results in terms of growing and evolving the Aquarium's volunteer programs. 

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a P.D.F. above), cover letter and resume to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.

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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