Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis for the marine mammal volunteer program. Individuals are required to complete a minimum of 7.5 hours per week for a minimum of 12 weeks, after which point they can be eligible for an extension. These are not paid positions.

The Maritime Aquarium is home to several species of mammals, both marine and terrestrial. We currently house harbor seals, North American river otters, slender-tailed meerkats, Geoffroy’s tamarins, a striped skunk and a prehensile-tailed porcupine. In addition to providing excellent husbandry care we strive to provide an engaging training program for our inhabitants. Training is an important part of daily animal care; allowing us to mentally and physically stimulate our animals on a daily basis. We train our animals for medical management behaviors such as blood draws, weights, and ultrasounds. We also train behaviors to physically stimulate our animals such as spins, jumps and waves.

Volunteers will assist us with a variety of tasks. Ideally a term would last 12 weeks, after this initial timeframe, volunteers would be eligible for an extension. This is not a paid position.

Please note that this position does not involve feeding or training the animals, however you will play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

• Applicants must be dependable

• Have excellent English written and oral communication skills

• Be comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain

• Be able to maneuver 65 lbs.

• Desire to learn and demonstrate our mission: To inspire people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment.

• Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm and willingness to learn.


• Must be at least 18 years of age.

• Minimum time requirement of at least 7.5 hours a week over a 12-week period or more.

• Upon acceptance, Volunteer will be required to pay a $50 administrative fee to defray the cost of a criminal background check, uniform polo and name tag to be worn while on duty at all times.

• Be dependable and punctual at all times.

• Attend educational sessions designed to increase interpretation of every day husbandry tasks.

To apply, please submit the online application below, followed by a cover letter, resume, and list of references address to Sarah Norquist at

Qualified applicants will be contacted via email to coordinate a skype, or in-person interview. Applicants will be selected after the interview process based upon general knowledge, experience, attitude, punctuality, and by recommendation.

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Becoming a Maritime Aquarium Marine Mammal Husbandry Volunteer can be an exciting and rewarding experience. As a Marine Mammal Animal Husbandry volunteer, you will serve an important role in helping the Animal Husbandry staff maintain their galleries and animals. Being a Marine Mammal Animal Husbandry Volunteer requires that you are able to perform several job functions:

• All applicants must be at least eighteen (18) years of age at time of submitting application.
• All applicants must successfully complete an introductory training course. Training courses are held in October, March, and June. Each session covers marine science, public speaking skills and activities designed to foster good relations among volunteers.
• Preference will be given to applicants who have served as a Gallery Ambassador for at least 3 months, those with equivalent experience (6-12 months experience in aquarium-keeping, aquaculture, or a related field)
• All applicants agree to pay a training fee which helps to defray the costs of a Volunteer uniform shirt, name badge, background check, and materials related to the training course ($40.00).
• All applicants must be able to lift 65 lbs, navigate stairs and tight passageways, and stay on their feet for long periods of time.
• All applicants must be willing and able to speak to aquarium guests and lead educational talks at assigned exhibits.
• All applicants must be willing and able to volunteer both indoors and outdoors, regardless of weather.
• All applicants must be willing and able to handle and prep frozen fish, shellfish, and other seafood.
• All applicants are required to pass a criminal background check, which requires a valid US Social Security number.
• Other duties as assigned.

There are a few things that you need to know before deciding to take the next steps in joining our volunteer program. Our mission is to assist the animal husbandry staff in providing the best possible care to the animals at our facility. Much of the work in the animal husbandry department is food prep, water quality, scrubbing and cleaning, and other forms of manual labor. This is an unpaid volunteer position.
Adult Applicants: If accepted as a Maritime Aquarium Volunteer, I agree to be available to volunteer once a week for a minimum starting commitment of 3 months. I understand that I can be asked to leave the volunteer program at any time at the discretion of the animal husbandry department. I have read the acknowledgment of understanding, I have considered the requirements and essential functions, and I would like to submit my application for The Maritime Aquarium Volunteer Program. I certify that I am at least 18 years of age