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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.

Trainer/Aquarist

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk seeks a full time Trainer/Aquarist. 
 
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 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 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 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.
  • Preferred 1-2 years’ experience training and caring for mammals/marine mammals
  • Basic knowledge of animal husbandry procedures, training techniques, dietary needs and medical care of animals in collection
  • 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
  • Ability to provide public speaking presentations, strong command of English both verbal and written
  • Ability to maintain a professional attitude, motivation, and accept constructive criticism
  • 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
  •  Ability to work both independently and in team environment
  • 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
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.
 

Salary

16.00 per hour

How to Apply

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.  Please put Trainer in your subject line.

 

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT 06854

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