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– 5th Grade Teacher

Career Opportunities at The Maritime Aquarium

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.

Download an pdfApplication for Employment.pdf

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:

  • 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.

About Us:

Our success revolves around creating a company of individuals, excited about our guests, passionate for our mission, absolutely committed to excellence. Much will be expected of you. In turn, you are backed by a supporting cast ready to rally to your support and do whatever it takes to ensure flawless experiences for our guests.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. is a private, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation. 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. We attract 450,000 visitors per year, about 85,000 of them school kids on field trips.

We offer an excellent brand with strong recognition. Our Aquarium just received TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Award; reviewers ranked us among the top 25 aquariums in America and #1 in New England. Our Aquarium is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) conforming to the highest standards of animal care and visitor safety. Of 2,795 animal exhibitors in America licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), only 222 – or less than eight percent – earn AZA accreditation.

 

Positions available as of August 2017

 

After-School Science Educator for The Maritime Aquarium’s on and off-site education programs – Part-Time  $14/hr

After-School Science Educators teach programs to a wide range of students in The Maritime Aquarium's growing after-school program.  Programs are taught at the aquarium and at schools and related sites throughout the region.  Applicants must have at least three days per week available from 1:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, experience working with children in an educational setting, and a passion for nature. Strong teaching and organizational skills required, as well as a current driver's license with a clean record. Also must be able to lift 60 lbs. and be comfortable handling live animals such as crabs and turtles.  Desired qualifications include knowledge of marine biology and local flora and fauna. This is a part-time position. 

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 TMA application (available as a pdf above) and resume with cover letter to:  rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org 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. EOE

 

Science Educator for The Maritime Aquarium's Classroom, exhibit and off-site education programs – Part-Time  $14/hr

Science educators are responsible for providing standards-based programs to a wide range of students in the classroom, off-site, on our research vessel, and after-school. Other responsibilities include, but not limited to, facilitating public programs, exhibit interpretation, birthday parties, scout programs including overnights, and promotional events.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, experience working with children in an educational setting, and a passion for nature.  Strong public speaking, writing and organizational skills required.  Desired qualifications include:  Spanish language skills, knowledge of marine biology and local flora and fauna, boating experience, a master’s degree, and a current driver’s license with a clean driving record.  This is a part-time position.  Candidates must have 3 weekdays with afternoon/evening and weekend availability.

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 TMA application (available as a pdf above) and resume with cover letter to:  rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org 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. EOE

 

Aquarist – Full-Time  $14/hr

The Aquarist is responsible for the living specimens and life support systems required for their maintenance.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prefer four-year degree in marine biology, biology, zoology or related field OR
  • Minimum of two years 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, 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 seal tank and behind the scenes areas.
  • Able to negotiate various field conditions.
  • Able to work standing up for extended periods of time.
  • Valid driver's license required.
  • SCUBA certification and collection experience preferred.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Maintains all aquarium and related life support systems.
  • Provides disease recognition, diagnosis and treatment for all specimens.
  • Performs water quality analysis.
  • Participates in the collection of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display in Aquarium tanks.
  • Documents and communicates observations.
  • Maintains a variety of collecting equipment.
  • This position will require the individual to work weekends and holidays, and to 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 TMA application (available as a pdf above) and resume with cover letter to:  rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org 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. EOE

 

Jellies Aquarist – Full-Time  $14/hr

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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Prefer four-year degree in marine biology, biology, zoology or related field OR
  • Minimum of two years of jellyfish husbandry experience in a public aquarium husbandry/operations position.
  • 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 analyses and make adjustments.
  • Participate in the collection of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display in Aquarium tanks.
  • Document and communicate observations to the Senior Jellies Aquarist.
  • Maintain a variety of collecting equipment.
  • Culture of live foods for jellies and other aquarium animals.
  • 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 TMA application (available as a pdf above) and resume with cover letter to:  rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org 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. EOE

 

 

Vessel Captain – Part-Time

vessel captainThe Maritime Aquarium seeks a Vessel Captain. The Vessel Captain operates and performs maintenance on the Aquarium’s vessel. He/she also provides educational support to staff and passengers during educational programs for schools, the public and other private charter groups.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license (50T or above) and Marine Radio Operator’s license.
  • Ability to lift/carry in excess of 75 lbs. of vessel gear, haul fishing gear and anchor and all other activities required to operate marine vessel.
  • Ability to handle emergency situations by reacting quickly and professionally.
  • Certified in First Aid and ability to administer AED.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills necessary for interacting successfully with the public, all levels of Aquarium staff, volunteers and USCG personnel.
  • Thorough understanding of ship handling, set and drift and towing/hauling research gear.
  • Understanding of electrical safety and theory relating to batteries, generation and hybrid technologies.

Essential Functions:

  • Operates Aquarium vessels on inland waterways in accordance with current federal and state regulations for the safety and enjoyment of patrons participating in educational programs and cruises offered by The Maritime Aquarium.
  • Participates in and successfully passes mandatory chemical screening testing as required by USCG regulations.
  • Interacts and communicates with educators (vessel crew) and other staff in a professional manner and in accordance with The Maritime Aquarium mission.
  • Provides guidance, training and supervision to vessel staff for: program delivery, operational set up and break down of vessel gear, and general safety.
  • Works with Maritime Aquarium management for cancellation protocols.
  • Reports and documents all non-routine operations such as catching debris in nets, incidents with passengers, other vessels in harbor and weather incidents.
  • Ensures the security of the vessels at TMA dock or other location after each operation. Ensures that crew has secured lines, shore power connections are working, and that the vessel is locked.
  • Paperwork: Completes daily ships log: vessel hours, POBs and other required data.
  • Assists with vessel scientific data collection; writing GPS coordinates, weather and water conditions on TMA data collection form.

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (available above as a pdf), cover letter and resume to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org. EOE

 

Cashier/Usher IMAX® movie usher and IMAX theater concession attendant - Part-Time $11/hr

IMAXWe have immediate openings in our Visitor Services Department! 
We're looking for bright, fun, outgoing folks with great customer service and communications skills. Cash handling experience and computer literacy a must. Position requires ability to work one weekend day and some holidays.

 Duties include cashier, usher, IMAX movie usher and IMAX theater concession attendant (selling candy, popcorn and soft drinks, plus cleaning and re-stocking the concession stand).

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.

 

Science Educator for Research Vessel and Land-Based Programs - Part-Time $14/hr

vessel educatorsThe Martime Aquarium's hybrid-electric catamaran, R/V Spirit of the Sound, hosts education programs for school groups, camps and the public. Science Educators are responsible for providing programs on the vessel, as well as to a wide range of audiences in the classroom, off-site, at aquarium exhibits, birthday parties, scout programs including overnights, and promotional events.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, experience working as an educator or crew on a vessel, experience with children in an educational setting, and a passion for nature. Strong public speaking and organizational skills required. Desired qualifications include: knowledge of marine biology and local flora and fauna, a master's degree and a current driver's license with a clean driving record. This is a part-time position. Candidates must have at least three days per week availability, including at least one weekend day. EOE

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 a Maritime Aquarium application (available as a PDF above,) cover letter and resume to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org, fax: 203-838-5416 or ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, S. Norwalk, CT 06854.

 


Visitor Services Supervisor  –  Part-Time

main entranceWorks with minimal supervision and provides support for cashiers and ticket takers at Maritime Aquarium public admission areas and for ushers and concessionaires for the IMAX Theater.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two year college degree or high school diploma with customer service experience.
  • Excellent computer skills with knowledge of Excel, Word, Power Point and Microsoft Publisher
  • 2 years supervisory experience in retail, banking, or other cashiering environment.
  • Strong command of the English language and excellent mathematical skills with attention to details.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Able to move quickly and with ease through crowded public areas; up and down stairs.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays.
  • Bondable

    Essential Functions
  • Assists Visitor Services management team in all areas of the Visitor Services function, including, but not limited to screening candidates for employment, processing and orienting new hires
  • Supervises cashiers, operator and ushers in daily working environment.
  • Assists Visitor Services management team in the preparation and distribution of daily and weekly schedules for operators, cashiers and ushers, including the preparation of lunch schedules for the brown bag room and staff.
  • Resolves problems with visitors and supports cashiers’ and ushers’ customer service decisions to resolve visitor problems in difficult situations, on an as needed basis.
  • Supports cashiers and ushers in a troubleshooting capacity.
  • Trains new staff and implements staff development programs, including role-playing with employees in groups and on an individual basis, to produce exceptional customer service standards.
  • Oversee reconciliation of daily sales and bank deposits.
  • Oversee daily safe counts. Provides change to cashiers throughout the day.
  • Attends and participates in staff training and meetings as scheduled by Visitor Services management.
  • Record employee attendance using weekly schedule – reporting problems to management.
  • Assists in the preparation of daily and monthly recap reports.
  • Maintains a clean and organized workstation.
  • Maintains supplies and stock at both entrances:
  • Randomly check speeches at lunch room, employee phone use, and listening for zip codes being asked by cashiers.
  • Throughout the day check to see that counters and booths are clean and that all packages and mail are given to the receptionist.
  • Check that counters, radios, reconciliation, and balance and settles are brought to the box office at the end of the shift.
  • Make copies and organize daily group schedule the day before so that the floor staff is prepared in the morning.
  • Assign shift posts; rotate between bus circle, cashiers and ushers

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

    Please provide application and resume with cover letter to: RLombardi@maritimeaquarium.org /fax: 203-838-5416/ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 N. Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854.

 

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

educatorsScience educators are responsible for providing standards-based programs to a wide range of students in the classroom, off-site, on our research vessel, and after-school. Other responsibilities include, but not limited to, facilitating public programs, exhibit interpretation, birthday parties, scout programs including overnights, and promotional events.

Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field, experience working with children in an educational setting, and a passion for nature. Strong public speaking, writing and organizational skills required. Desired qualifications include: Spanish language skills, knowledge of marine biology and local flora and fauna, boating experience, a master’s degree, and a current driver’s license with a clean driving record. This is a part-time position. Candidates must have 3 weekdays with afternoon/evening and weekend availability.

Please provide a Maritime Aquarium application (maritimeaquarium.org and click on career opportunities), cover letter and resume to: rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org/fax: 203-838-5416 or ATTN: R. Lombardi, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, S. Norwalk, CT 06854.


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