The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk seeks a full time Volunteer Coordinator.
The mission of the Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate the Long Island Sound, its ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. For almost 34 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium hosts nearly 500,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to more than 7,000 animals and 300 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 80,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to nearly 300 volunteers, which contribute 28,000 hours annually. While the pandemic challenged the Aquarium in profound ways, the team’s resilience and creativity led to new ways to connect with the community, and renewed optimism for the future.
The Volunteer Coordinator (VC) is responsible for the supervision and growth of The Maritime Aquarium’s ambitious volunteer programs. The VC must be an outstanding recruiter, able to employ innovative strategies for attracting new volunteers. The VC must be an experienced and effective supervisor, capable of training, mentoring and assessing a diverse group of volunteers who range from teenagers to older adults, including people with special needs.
The VC must set the example for volunteers in terms of superlative customer service and engagement. The VC works closely with the Associate Director of Education, Supervisor of Interpretive Services & Programs, and other relevant staff to ensure the Aquarium has a corps of volunteers that is large, diverse and consistent enough to meet existing and future needs. The VC is also responsible for oversight of the college internship program.
The VC is a sensitive and effective mentor and colleague, a “people person” able to achieve superior results in terms of growing and evolving the Aquarium’s volunteer programs.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.
Please provide a cover letter, resume and application (maritimeaquarium.org and click on join our team) to email@example.com. Please put Volunteer Coordinator in your subject line.