There’s no doubt about it: Long Island Aquarium is a unique place to work. Here is a list of current job opportunities:
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 email@example.com
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:
Other Job responsibilities may include:
To apply please send cover letter and resume to Mseiler@amwny.com
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
Please apply with the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Name, certifying organization, experience, and contact information.
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:
Responsible for sales, servicing the guest, guest relations, and sanitation functions related to the serving of food and beverages.
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.
To operate the kitchen in the absence of the Executive Chef.
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.