Aquarist/Environmental Educator

Stone Harbor, New Jersey Full Time

Job Details

The Wetlands Institute is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Aquarist/Environmental Educator. Applicant must be enthusiastic and have strong personal feelings about conserving and protecting the environment, ecological research, and environmental education.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Creating and maintaining saltwater aquarium habitat and educational displays for reptiles, fish and invertebrates that are appropriate for study and viewing by students and visitors.
  • Performing husbandry activities involving saltwater fish, reptiles and marine invertebrates.
  • Performing maintenance activities involving aquarium life support systems.
  • Conducting water quality monitoring activities.
  • Using different methods to collect a wide variety of invertebrates and fish stock including those kept live on display, those held in reserve and all animals collected and stored for food.
  • Preparing and maintaining digital records of all aquarium activities.
  • Providing training and supervision of volunteers assigned to work in the aquarium.
  • Assisting as needed with education programs including, but not limited to, on-site and off-site school programs, including Science Education at Sea (SEAS), Traveling Environmental Education (TEE), Environmental Education Field Trips Programs, year-round public programs, community outreach events, and special events.
  • Acting as Manager on Duty (MOD) responsible for public programming, site safety and building open/closing procedures.


Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Sufficient education and training to demonstrate an ability or aptitude to perform the above and related duties. A bachelor degree in biology, marine biology, zoology, aquaculture, aquarium science, environmental science and/or related field. May substitute 6 years of experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. Previous experience with volunteer coordination, public speaking and/or teaching experience to a variety of groups of all sizes and age levels is preferred.
  • Experience and comfort in the management of aquarium systems and displays, animal care particularly focused on fish, reptiles and marine invertebrates.
  • Proficiency with computer systems and software including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks with effective time management and organizational skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

The demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Must be able to work outdoors on a boat on the Inter-coastal Waterway, Delaware Bay, and Atlantic Ocean in all weather conditions, including sun, rain, and wind.
  • Frequent physical activities including loading and unloading, lifting, pushing and pulling items up to 50-75 pounds; reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing, crouching and prolonged periods of sitting.
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with suitable space to transport bulky bins of educational materials (1 large, 1 medium), and 50-gallon coolers (2) with live animals and trawling equipment to off-site program locations.
  • Ability to work a shifted work week schedule that includes weekends and some evenings.
  • Final candidate will be subject to a background check.

This information is not designed to be a complete inventory of the job duties, responsibilities, and qualifications. Rather, it is designed to give the general nature and level of work to be performed by an employee assigned to this job title.


Salary commensurate with experience. We provide a competitive employment package, which includes medical, dental, and vision benefits, matching contributions to a 403b retirement plan, and a generous paid vacation and paid-time-off policy.

Contact Information

Wetlands Institute

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and references to Brooke Knapick, Director of Educational Program Development, The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor, New Jersey 08247 ( Electronic submission is strongly preferred.

Application deadline is July 24, 2019 until filled.

Post Date: 7/11/2019 11:59:35 AM
Closing Date: 7/24/2019 12:00:00 AM