Fellowship in Animal Husbandry


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 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. 

Inclusivity Statement

This fellowship opportunity is aimed at underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in the marine sciences, including, but not limited to, persons of color and Indigenous Peoples, African Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others who are traditionally underrepresented in zoos and aquaria. 

  • Four-year degree (B.S. preferred, or B.A.) in marine biology, biology, zoology or related field – OR - 
  • A two-year degree (A.S./A.A.S.) specific to aquarium/zoo science 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. 
  • General knowledge of laboratory equipment, procedures, and PPE. 
  • 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 behind the scenes areas. 
  • Able to negotiate various field conditions. 
  • Able to work standing up for extended periods of time in wet, hot, cold and/or humid environment. 
  • Must be comfortable around a variety of animals. 
  • Able to work weekends, evenings and holidays. 
Essential Job Functions 
  • Maintains all aquarium and related life support systems. 
  • Perform daily inspection of assigned exhibits to assess animal health and proper functioning of life support equipment. 
  • Observe, identify and report unusual animal behavior to direct supervisor. 
  • Document and report possible diseases. Assist with veterinary care and provide medications as directed by veterinarian. 
  • Performs water quality analysis. Familiar with making necessary adjustments to water quality. 
  • Participates in the collection and transportation of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display. 
  • Documents and communicates observations as needed. 
  • Maintain accurate records. 
  • Prepare and administer diets. 


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. 


Please send a 1-page statement of your career goals in Animal Husbandry and how this opportunity would help you, your resume and a Maritime Aquarium application with Fellowship in the subject line to Barrett Christie, bchristie@maritimeaquarium.org and Rosemarie Lombardi, 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

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 - 6:00 pm

Phone: (203) 852-0700

10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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