It's all within an easy walk of the [train] station too – including The Maritime Aquarium, the one relatively new building in the group and the one that enables grownups to enjoy browsing and shopping while still entertaining the children."
– The New York Times
Career Opportunities


Career Opportunities at The Maritime Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium: It's an otterly cool place to work!

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.

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Applications accepted daily. Inquire at main entrance. 
 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Directions here.

The Maritime Aquarium is an (EOE) equal opportunity employer.
The Maritime Aquarium conducts background investigations on all candidates for paid staff and volunteer positions, which may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Education Verification
  • 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.


Positions available as of June 2015

Exhibit Manager

Reports To: Director of Operations
Department: Exhibits
Status: Full Time, Regular, Exempt

The Exhibit Manager is a hands-on position responsible for exhibition development, long-range planning, and implementation of permanent and temporary exhibits, maintenance and enhancement of collections, coordination of exhibit department activities with other departments and for library/accessioning functions.

Bachelor’s degree or higher in exhibition design, industrial design, architecture or other related design field and or three to five years of hands on experience in  creating interpretive exhibitions for museums, zoos/aquariums or similar organizations; familiarity with museum standards, practices and ethics.

Excellent artistic and technical skills such as, but not limited to:  drawing and rendering, computer graphic design, museum and theatrical lighting.

Ability to lift 25 pounds and push 50 pounds; climb ladders and steps; able to move and access all areas of the facility and its grounds.

Ability and interest in working collaboratively with others.

As part of the exhibit team, plans and coordinates permanent and temporary exhibits consistent with the mission of The Maritime Aquarium, from conceptualization through implementation.

Demonstrated knowledge of production methods and materials, fabrication techniques and procedures.  Sensitivity to ecological, biological and conservation issues.

Ensures the observance of federal, state, AZA and internally set regulations as they apply to exhibits.

Proposes exhibit budget and with the Director manages the approved budget.

Oversees creation and production of exhibit and promotional graphics; develops new interpretive activities to enhance the exhibit experience.

Proposes for approval, contracts and coordinates installation of temporary exhibits from outside vendors.

Manages outside consultants and brings projects in on time and on budget.

Provides guidance to management regarding long term exhibit planning.

Oversees the collections housed at The Maritime Aquarium and supervises the acquisition and deaccessioning of collection materials; maintains accurate collection records.

This position may require evening and weekend work.

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.

Membership Sales - Part Time

The office of Development and Membership is seeking an individual to join a team of professionals working in a collaborative environment to assist in generating $1 million each year in membership revenue. This part time position is responsible for member sales both at the facility as well as at community events. The position requires a B.A./B. S. degree, 1-3 years of work experience in sales or a related field, excellent communications and sales skills, ability to lift 70 pound displays and to work in a totally collaborative manner.

Weekend and some weekday work will be required. Performs other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned on a temporary or regular basis.

Please provide application and resume with cover letter to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  /fax: 203-838-5416/ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854.

Aquarist - Temporary

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic individual with a degree in marine biology, zoology or related field, or minimum of two years experience in a public aquarium husbandry position. Responsible for the living specimens, life support systems and water quality testing. Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal. Able to perform various tasks of physical work such as, but not limited to maneuvering sixty pounds, navigating stairs, climbing, standing for extended periods of time and ability to maneuver easily in various marine life exhibits. Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record. Flexibility to work weekends and some holidays required.

Please provide application and resume with cover letter to:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  /fax: 203-838-5416/ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854.

Vessel Captain for The Maritime Aquarium’s new hybrid-electric research and education catamaran

Candidates must have US Coast Guard Master’s license (50T or above) and Marine Radio Operator’s License, as well as extensive experience piloting a wide range of vessels.  Must be comfortable with new technologies and next-generation navigation systems, as well as adept with standard fishing and research gear.  Excellent interpersonal skills required, as vessel captain interacts with the public as well as a variety of aquarium staff and government agencies.  Candidates should also have extensive knowledge of federal and state regulations related to vessel maintenance and safe boating.  Meticulous attention to detail required.  Experience training other captains and crew desired.  
Please send your resume to R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854; fax to 203-838-5416; e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

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 be available at least three regular weekdays per week and two additional weekend days per month.


Cashier/Usher, IMAX movie usher and IMAX theater concession attendant
Part Time – $11.00 per hour

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 softdrinks, plus cleaning and re-stocking the concession stand). 
You may apply in person: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854. Open 7 days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fax: 203-838-5416.

Want to be The Maritime Aquarium Mascot?
Costumed Mascots – Part Time

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has part-time openings for our Super Mascot (Sharky).     

As Sharky, you must be able to attract attention through body expressions (only) while in costume.  You must also perform duties as an assistant to Sharky – guiding him/her through the Aquarium and assisting in crowd control.

Ongoing performances may begin as early as June at an hourly rate of pay.  Performances take place year-round, but our peak season occurs during the summer.  If called for an interview, be prepared to put on our costumes and perform. All candidates must be able to successfully pass a background check.

Please send your resume and Maritime Aquarium application to R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT  06854.  They can also be faxed to 203-838-5416 or emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    The application can be accessed from the link near the top of this page.


 Pension Documents

pdfSumary Annual Report for Defined Contribution Retirement Plan

pdfSummary Annual Report for Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan




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.


10 North Water Street          Norwalk, CT 06854          Phone: 203.852.0700         Fax: 203.838.5416

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation


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