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: Senior Aquarist

The senior aquarist is responsible for overseeing a diverse aquatic animal collection. This includes elasmobranchs, fresh and saltwater fish, cephalopods, corals, and other various invertebrates. This position is responsible for the care and maintenance of the animals and exhibits in the aquarium as assigned by supervisor.  The Senior Aquarist represents the Long Island Aquarium, this includes guest interactions, public relations activities, specialized tours, and presentations. A working knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry, quarantine, life support systems and habitat design is required.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Establish and maintain an environment conducive to the health and well-being of all animals within the Aquarium.
  • Ensures exhibits are clean and up to the supervisors’ standards. This also includes making sure exhibits are ready for public viewing before the opening of the aquarium.
  • Ability to manage staff members and oversee staff and exhibits when necessary.
  • Must show strong leadership skills.
  • Makes sure to clean all behind the scenes areas including but not limited to their section.
  • Works with supervising staff to initiate and oversee viable breeding, husbandry, and conservation programs for particular species within the collection.
  • Will work under the supervising staff of fish and invertebrates and will ensure efficient care of the department’s animal collection.
  • Must report any issues to the supervisor and act in a professional matter.
  • Assisting Aquarist I and Aquarist II with tasks they are uncertain with. Including training new staff onto more complex tasks.
  • Completes inspection rounds of specimens, exhibits and reserve tanks to check the status and identify and report potential problems. Resolves problems independently where possible.
  • Prepares diets and diet supplements to ensure nutrition and vitamin content are maintained to keep specimens at peak health. Cleans and provides daily maintenance to food preparation areas, food preparation equipment, and utensils.
  • Records data about water changes, water chemistry, diet amounts, and other observations.
  • Maintains live food holding tanks and cultures, as assigned.
  • Helps to coordinate the internship program, cooperating and reporting to the supervising staff of fish and invertebrates.
  • Assures normal operation and maintenance of exhibit and holding life support systems.
  • Participates in specimen collection and transport.
  • Reports unusual conditions or illnesses in the animals and assists in their treatment. Must have a basic understanding of marine disease and treatments.
  • Monitors exhibit water quality and performs water quality analysis necessary and appropriate.
  • Maintains all written and computer records relating to gallery inventories.
  • Other duties as assigned or required by discretion of management.
  • Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that goals for an excellent visitor experience are met and maintained.
  • Must be flexible with schedule, hours of operating, and ready to answer emergency calls and questions, including diver, life-support, and animal-related emergencies.
  • Must be willing to work weekends and holidays.
  • Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Ensures that goals for an excellent visitor experience are met and maintained.


  • BA or BS in Biology or related field with coursework in Zoology, Aquatic Biology and Chemistry, or 4 years related experience.
  • Must possess current SCUBA certification from a professionally recognized SCUBA certifying agency or must obtain certification within 6 months of employment.
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License and insurance, or be able to obtain one within 60 days of employment, and be able to safely drive any company vehicle.
  • This position may call for special scheduling or overtime needs throughout the week, sometimes without much advance notice. Must be able to work weekends and holidays as needed.
  • Must be comfortable giving educational presentations to small and large audiences.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to give and follow directions effectively.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to stand, stoop, walk on unstable surfaces, and climb ladders.

Qualified applicants should email their resume and cover letter to Noel Heinsohn at

Job Description

Position Title: Retail Team Member

Friendly, energetic and out going individuals are needed for available part time positions in assisting guests in all retail areas of the Aquarium.  Only individual comfortable approaching and conversing with Aquarium guests in this fast paced environment need apply for this position.


  • Helping our guests find that special gift or souvenir to remember their visit to Long Island Aquarium
  • Includes but is not limited to assisting the guests with all retail transactions in all areas.
  • Ensuring area you are assigned to is clean, organized and well stocked.
  • Working a cash register quickly and efficiently.
  • Interacting with children and adults in a fun and professional manner.


  • Minimum age of 14.
  • Must be able to stand on your feet for the length of a shift (typically 6-8 hours).
  • Ability to do basic math skill, such as counting back change, simple multiplication and the ability to figure out tax rates.
  • Must be able and willing to accommodate a flexible schedule during peak season (June-September).
  • Ability to memorize and explain concisely Aquarium information.
  • Ability to work with others in a friendly and efficient manner.

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.

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.

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