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Job Opportunities

There’s no doubt about it: Long Island Aquarium is a unique place to work. Here is a list of current job opportunities:

No phone calls please. Click APPLY NOW (at the bottom of the page), print application and FAX it to 631.208.0466.
Long Island Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports a Drug Free Workplace.


Position Title: Animal Training Department – Assistant: Part-time

Requirements: A B.S. in Biology, Psychology or a related science; or in the process of completing their B.S.  (You may be considered for employment with an Associate’s degree or equivalent skills and experience in the field).  Some experience volunteering or interning at a formal animal care facility is preferred/recommended, but not required.  Must be able to work in a kitchen set up and practice good hygiene and good food preparation skills to ensure the health of the facilities’ animal ambassadors.  Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and endure a fast paced schedule and physical labor. Must be a team player and able to work with others on a daily basis.  The ability to lead and give guidance to volunteers and interns is highly preferred.  Having public speaking experience/the ability to use a microphone in front of large crowds is preferred but not required.

Job Description: This position is a part-time (24 hours per week, no over-time), entry-level position.  The individual will spend most of their time in the fish/diet preparation kitchens.  This position is required to work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Animal Training Department Team Responsibilities:

Work as a team to manage and provide for all animals under our care, and to represent the aquarium in a positive and educational manner.  Help to educate the public about animals in nature, and how to help conserve and protect these populations.

Adhering to all rules and laws set forth by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), but aspiring to go above and beyond the minimum standards, for housing and caring for marine mammals and all the animals under our care, which includes: daily food preparation for all animals, daily exhibit cleaning and maintenance for all animals, maintaining water quality set by the USDA for all animals.

Narrating daily public sea lion demonstrations and shows.  Interacting with the public and answering questions educationally and correctly.  Setting up and preparing for sea lion shows, as well as cleaning up after shows.    Operating and maintaining the sound equipment for the sea lion shows.

Help to provide the best quality of life for all the animals in our care through husbandry, training and enrichment.  The Department Assistant position assists the training staff for the following: training the animals to cooperate voluntarily with us so that we can do physical exams daily, voluntary blood samples annually, vaccinate annually, crate training for transportation out of habitats for emergency purposes or habitat maintenance purposes; providing daily unique enrichment sessions to stimulate our animals, and training behaviors to provide aquarium guests with fun, exciting and educational presentations.

Please send a cover letter, resume and one letter of recommendation to the Director of Animal Training, Candyce Paparo, at


Position Title: Assistant Bird and Reptile keeper
Under the direction of our Curator and Primary Aviculturist (Senior Aviculturist) the Assistant Bird and Reptile keeper is responsible for providing daily husbandry to our collection of birds and reptiles.  This includes but is not limited to daily observations, preparing and feeding appropriate diets, ensuring animals health, cleaning, and maintaining both exhibit and behind the scenes areas of this collection.  This keeper will also play a lead role in hosting our popular Penguin Encounter program.

Major Job responsibilities include:

  • Daily care to our collection of birds and reptiles. This may include cleaning both on and off exhibit areas, preparing and feeding out an appropriate diet, and behavior observations.
  • Host Penguin Encounter programs and other penguin interactions.
  • Provide enrichment for bird and reptile collection.
  • See and act on any situations that may arise independently or as part of the team.
  • Assist with any additional projects or jobs within the animal care department.

Other Job responsibilities may include:

  • Handling and working with our collection of ambassador animals that are used for programs and presentations
  • Exhibit design.
  • Providing appropriate husbandry care and feedings to our ambassador animals.
  • Daily maintenance and feeds of fish displays.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or Zoology or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Ability to work with and train volunteers and interns.
  • Ability to follow direction from other staff members.
  • Must have flexible work schedule with the ability to work weekends and holidays
  • Experience working with penguins preferred but not required.
  • Open water SCUBA certification also a plus but not necessary.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to

Position Title: SCUBA Instructors for Shark Dive Program

The Long Island Aquarium is seeking SCUBA Instructors to participate in our Shark Dive Program. We are looking for capable individuals who would like to join our team for public shark dives. The program is daily, and runs from 9:30 am to potentially 3:00 pm (depending on how many people are signed up). This position is part time and an as needed basis depending on if we have participating guests for the day.

The mission of the program is to introduce guests to the underwater world where they can have an up close and personal interaction with sharks. The hope is that they will take this experience with them and help influence their future actions on how they impact the environment, especially the oceans.

Long Island Aquarium Shark Dive Program Description:
A shark dive instructor (certified scuba instructor) takes paying customers (divers or non-divers at least 12 years of age) down in a cage into the 120,000 gallon shark exhibit. The 12 foot deep and 40 foot wide exhibit is home to four ~8 ft sand tiger sharks, four nurse sharks, two wobbegong sharks, 3 green moray eels, and a variety or schooling and tropical fishes. The divers are submersed for about 20 minutes and stand in the cage breathing scuba from an OTS guardian full face mask. Divers are wearing water shoes, 5 mm wetsuit, weight harness, and the full face mask. The tank is secured to the aluminum cage with a regulator containing a 7 ft hose to the full face mask. Maximum depth for divers is about 8 ft if they lay on the bottom of the cage. Maximum occupancy of the cage is three people; the instructor and two divers. A communication system is in place where the tender (safety trained person who is controlling the ascent and descent of the cage), divers, and instructor are all able to communicate in and out of the water. Prior to the dive, a safety briefing is conducted by the dive instructor to outline equipment use, equalization practices, dive plan, and other cautions with sharks. All shark dive participants are required to fill out a liability/medical release form prior to diving.

Requirements of Instructor:
Set up and Clean up of all dive equipment for day of dives
Provide a dive briefing to all guests prior to dive
Provide proof of liability insurance and certification card
Exhibit good time management skills

To be discussed on interview

Job Type:

Please apply with the following information to

Name, certifying organization, experience, and contact information.

Job Description

Position Title: Maintenance

The Maintenance Person assists the team in achieving and maintaining outstanding interior and exterior Aquarium and adjacent properties cleanliness and maintaining property equipment. As a member of the Maintenance Team, the Aquarium will support you with the tools and training needed to succeed.


The Maintenance Person’s responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining cleanliness of interior daily
  • Maintaining outside grounds
  • Clean equipment, inside and outside windows, stock rooms, and restrooms
  • Unload / load trucks and vehicles
  • Take out garbage and load into trash compactor
  • Clean HVAC / Exhaust units and roof of debris
  • Snow removal
  • Perform general maintenance that includes painting, carpentry, lighting, door locks, hardware, and building finishes

Qualification Requirements

  • High school graduate or GED
  • Must have, or obtain, a current and valid New York driver’s license (or reliable daily transportation to and from work)
  • Ability to lift and move materials weighing in excess of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to climb and work from ladders
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Ability to work indoors, outdoors, and in inclement weather
  • Ability to work in and around water
  • Ability to work in and around animals
  • Ability to prioritize and respond to various emergencies outside of normal tasks
  • Ability to work weekends and holidays

Job Description

Position Title: Server

Responsible for sales, servicing the guest, guest relations, and sanitation functions related to the serving of food and beverages.


  • Has complete knowledge of the menu, including the price of each item, preparation time, portion size, plating, and garnishment procedures to ensure that food orders are properly prepared when served.
  • Has complete knowledge of the beverage menu, including price of each time, preparation time, ingredients, and garnishment procedures to ensure that beverage orders are properly prepared when served.
  • Uses suggestive selling techniques when serving each customer.
  • Responds to guest complaints in a friendly, courteous manner and takes appropriate action to remedy guest complaints.
  • Attentive to the guest’s needs, such as ready to order, refills, or payment of check.
  • Assures that the dining room and service work areas are maintained in an attractive, sanitary manner by performing sidework duties, such as table setup, floor cleaning, supply stocking, equipment cleaning, dishwashing, trash removal, etc.
  • Maintains a well-groomed professional appearance. Recognizes and greets guests. Responds appropriately to information requests.
  • Provides security by reporting suspicious activities, controlling guest checks, following specified procedures for employee parking, storage of personal items, employee food purchases, and complying with other safety procedures (proper lifting, floor cleanliness, handling hot foods).
  • Performs any additional duties or responsibilities delegated by his/her supervisor.


Experience serving in hotel or resort, street side restaurant, hospital food and beverage operations, or banquet facility. Ability to lift 50-75 pounds.  Ability to read, write, and understand English.  Ability to work complete register transactions. Must be able to pass and maintain all Food Service related training.  Ability to stand and walk for long periods of time.

Job Description

Position Title: Sous Chef

To operate the kitchen in the absence of the Executive Chef.


  • Responsible for food production on scheduled shift.  Ensures that all food production workers are performing their duties a prescribed by the quality standards established by the Executive Chef.
  • Assumes all of the duties of the Executive Chef in the chef’s absence.
  • Responsible to ensure that the kitchen produces nutritious, safe, eye-appealing, properly flavored food.
  • Maintains a safe and sanitary work environment for all Associates on their assigned shift or in the absence of the Executive Chef.
  • Other duties include assisting with menu planning, preparation of budgets, maintenance of payroll, food cost, and other records.
  • Assists in specific duties involving food preparation are the establishment of quality standards, training of employees in cooking methods, presentation techniques, portion control, and retention on nutrients.
  •  Perform other duties as directed by management.

Job Requirements:

  • 2-4 years of experience as a Cook or Line Cook in a hotel, resort, condo hotel, street-side restaurant, food service facility or banquet facility.
  • Culinary degree preferred by equivalent years of experience acceptable.
  • Must be able to read, write, and understand English.
  • Must be able to lift 50-75 pounds.  Must be able to walk, stand and bend for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to direct the work of others even under pressure.
  • Must be able to create specials daily that are relevant to a theme of specific a specific market and make items in a specific price range and profit percentage.
  • Must be able to keep food costs to minimum by minimizing waste.
  • Must follow all policies and procedures of the Resort.
  • Must provide the best possible guest service delivery to our guests.

Job Description

Position Title: Line/Prep Cook

Associate is responsible for ensuring that all meals coming from the kitchen are well-prepared and presented, and that all food safety procedures are followed.


  • Prepare food by: using knives to cut, chop and slice, lifting packaged food items, food preparation such as roasting meats, grilling chicken and making sauces, checking in, separating, and stocking food deliveries, producing orders according to standards.
  • Cleaning up by: wiping down equipment, cleaning grill, moving equipment and sweeping and mopping.
  • Complete all tasks as directed by management.
  • Follow all Resort policies and procedures.

Job Requirements:

  • 1-2 years of cooking experience
  • Ability to work broiler, use fry and sauté stations.
  • Basic knowledge of soups and sauces and the ability to prepare items.
  • Must be able to follow directions well while under pressure.
  • Must assist in keeping food costs low by minimizing waste.
  • Must have good knowledge of all sanitation and safety regulations by the date and the company.
  • Must be able to provide guest service delivery according to company standards.
  • Must be able to understand English by hearing and in writing.

No phone calls please. Click APPLY NOW, print application and FAX it to 631.208.0466.
Long Island Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports a Drug Free Workplace.

Apply now!