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Associate Director Of Animal Husbandry

Posted: March 15, 2024 Expired: April 12, 2024
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.


The mission of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is to ignite a connection to Long Island Sound and the ocean to enrich the lives of all people and inspire action to protect our blue planet. For over 35 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 450,000 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 7,500 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 65 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to our volunteers.


The Associate Director of Animal Husbandry, reporting to the Director of Animal Husbandry is responsible for the coordination and management of the living specimens and the maintenance of their life support systems. The Associate Director of Animal Husbandry directly supervises 26 staff, including senior aquarists and other staff, plays a leadership role in overseeing department policies and activities, and supports the Director of Animal Husbandry as needed.


•           Four (4) year degree in marine biology, AND

•           Minimum eight (8) years of experience in a public aquarium husbandry/operations position, with at least three (3) years management/supervisory experience with progressive responsibility. 

•           Preferred experience working with a wide variety of taxa including but not limited to; tropical and temperate marine and freshwater specimens including sharks, rays, jellies, corals, seahorses, cephalopods, teleosts; marine and terrestrial mammals; reptiles, birds and amphibians.

•           Advanced knowledge of the operation and maintenance of aquatic life support systems.

•           Advanced knowledge of laboratory and water quality equipment, testing and operating  procedures.

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

•           Experience in public speaking, including preparing and conducting educational and professional development programs, and speaking with the media.

•           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 certification required

•           Collection experience  required.

•           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.


•           Working with the Director of Animal Husbandry, establishes the Aquarium’s operational procedures in accordance with AZA/USDA standards, writes departmental policies and procedures, performs registrar duties such as acquisition and disposition of animals,

•           Collaborates with the Director in their registrar duties, including ensuring all records are entered promptly and accurately in the Tracks database.

•           Under the guidance of the Director of Animal Husbandry, represents the Animal Husbandry department in interdepartmental activities, including exhibit design and construction.

•           Sits on multiple committees including but not limited to Animal Welfare, Enrichment, and Safety

•           Provides departmental oversight when the Director is out of the office.

•           Works with the Director and Senior Aquarists in the hiring, training and supervising of husbandry staff, to build and maintain a healthy animal collection and develop a thriving office culture.

•           Oversees all departmental scheduling, including maintaining a shift schedule that ensures adequate staffing on all days of the year, scheduling departmental drills, scheduling professional development sessions, scheduling interviews for paid positions and other scheduling needs.

•           Ensures exhibits are maintained at AZA inspection levels/or highest level of quality as defined in husbandry protocols.

•           Works directly with contract veterinarians to assure animal health.

•           Maintains and purchases equipment, food, medicines and other supplies necessary for the operation of the department and maintenance of the living collection, in accordance with departmental budget.

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

•           Supervises and participates in the maintenance of exhibits and life support systems as needed, and performs water quality analysis as needed.

•           Able to work weekends and holidays and travel to perform collecting duties.

•           Maintains collecting and transport equipment. 

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.


How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and Maritime Aquarium application ( and click on join our team) to Rachel Stein at and to Rosemarie Lombardi at by March 22, 2024. Please put Associate Director in the subject line of your e-mail. 

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

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

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