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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. We participate in the  Employer Assisted Housing Program which assists first time home buyers with financial support.

Position Title: Aquarist I – Senior Aquarist

Job Summary

Care for and maintain our fish, invertebrate, and herptile live animal collection. This includes responsibilities for overall animal health and well-being, water quality, routine maintenance of assigned habitats and associated back areas. Continual documentation and record-keeping, animal acquisitions and population management. Maintain the highest animal care and habitat maintenance standards that continually meet or exceed institutional standards. Perform other duties as required. Represent the Long Island Aquarium in formal and informal presentations/activities and interact with visitors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform daily animal husbandry duties including but not limited to diet preparation, feeding, and live habitat maintenance.
  • Document husbandry tasks, animal observations, animal health records, animal welfare assessments and other animal transactions.
  • Conduct regular observations of animal health, behavior, and welfare to include disease detection and formal animal welfare assessments. Diagnose and respond to animal health issues or welfare concerns.
  • Reports on abnormal conditions or illnesses in live animal collection. Assists in treatment under veterinarian and curator supervision.
  • Monitor and analyze water quality of habitats, animal holdings, and quarantine systems and determine adjustments where necessary to maintain accepted parameters.
  • Ability to work with aquarium chemotherapeutics and other chemicals. Perform precise chemical measurements and dosing.
  • Understanding of fish and invertebrate disease, parasites, prophylaxis, medical treatments, and animal health management and welfare.
  • Perform exhibit maintenance SCUBA/Hookah dives.
  • Other duties as assigned or required by discretion of management.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.
  • Work experience 1-4 years in a zoo or aquarium setting.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well within a team setting.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays. Must respond to emergency calls involving but not limited to animal related, diver related or life support.
  • This position calls for physical activity throughout the day; must be able to stand, stoop, walk on possible uneven surfaces, climb ladders, and lift a minimum of 50lbs.
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and insurance, or ability to obtain one within 60 days of employment.


  • This position is hourly dependent on experience.
    • $17 – $26 /hr

How to Apply

  • Please complete the Aquarium application (click the Apply Now button at the bottom of this page to access the application).
  • Send application, cover letter and resume to:

Position Title: Animal Training Department Assistant: Part-time

Job Description: This position is a part-time, entry-level position (under 30 hours/week).  The individual will spend most of their time in the fish/diet preparation kitchens, preparing the daily diets for the animals under the care of the department, and ensuring these areas are clean and sanitary at all times.  The individual will be required to announce daily sea lion presentations using a microphone in front of large crowds. When needed, this position will also help the animal trainers to clean habitats, provide enrichment, assist in animal training sessions, complete water quality tests on animal pools, and other duties and tasks as required by managers.   This position will work four days per week.  Additional time might be requested on an as-needed basis.


  • 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). 
  • Volunteer experience or internship experience at a formal animal care facility is preferred. 
  • 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 able to lead and give guidance to volunteers and interns.
  • The ability to talk to small and large crowds about conservation and our animals is required.
  • Public speaking experience/the ability to use a microphone in front of large crowds is required.
  • Must be able to work as part of a team to manage and provide for all animals under the care of the department.
  • Must represent the aquarium in a professional, positive and educational manner. 
  • Must adhere to all rules and laws set forth by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Must adhere and uphold all requirements of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums.

Salary Range: $16-$17/hour

Please send a cover letter, resume and one letter of recommendation to Candyce Paparo, Senior Curator- Mammals, Birds & Reptiles, at

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.

Salary Range: Starts at $18/hour

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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