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Assistant Aquarist

Seacoast Science Center

The Seacoast Science Center is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3), science learning center located within Odiorne State Park in Rye, New Hampshire. We provide educational experiences on behalf of New Hampshire State Parks and have been connecting people to the wonders of our coast since 1992. Our live animal exhibits feature the amazing creatures that live in the rapidly changing Gulf of Maine ecosystem. Our engaging programs make learning about the ocean fun for everyone, from pre-K to senior rediscovery. Our hands-on science exhibits motivate families to become caretakers of our blue planet.

We are the home of New Hampshire’s Marine Mammal Rescue Team, responding to marine mammals along New Hampshire’s coast. Our rescue work creates coastal communities that are safe for both people and seals. Each seal-side conversation is an opportunity to educate people about the animals and their coastal ocean habitat. One of just 100 federally authorized response organizations, our rescue work contributes critical data for research on the status of these protected species, considered the early warning system for ocean health.

We envision an abundant, sustainable, healthy world ocean. To achieve that end, we are building a blue community in which everyone is an ocean steward who cares for the future of the sea. Through programs, exhibits, marine mammal rescue, and interpretation of Odiorne Point State Park, we teach people, from toddlers to grandparents, about why a healthy ocean matters. We educate to motivate. Because ocean health impacts our daily lives, our goal is to inspire people to make everyday choices that will have a positive impact on the health of the ocean.


The Assistant Aquarist is responsible for general care of 14 aquariums on public display at the Seacoast Science Center (SSC) plus supporting mechanical systems.  The Assistant Aquarist’s duties will include, but are not limited to: set-up, troubleshooting, and ongoing maintenance of aquarium exhibits, specimens, and systems; preparing and dispensing specimen food; treating captive animals for diseases; and leading specimen collection effort for our Tide Pool Touch Tanks. The Assistant Aquarist is expected to work with limited direct supervision while acting as a resource to SSC interns and volunteers. This is a 24 hour per week, benefits eligible position.

  • Ability to maintain exhibit maintenance and collection records
  • Understanding of marine fish, invertebrate, and plant taxonomy
  • Demonstrated understanding of basic aquarium related water quality perimeters and water chemistry (e.g. temperature, pH, salinity, D.O., nitrogenous compounds, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to assess basic invertebrate and fish health
  • Working knowledge of aquarium life support system (LSS) fundamentals and components, and the ability to develop a thorough understanding of the Seacoast Science Center LSS. 
  • Basic plumbing techniques as required by the building, repair, and maintenance of aquarium systems
  • Proficiency with the mathematics necessary for metric conversions, water volume calculations and therapeutic calculations
  • Demonstrated understanding of food preparation, nutrition, and feeding techniques for aquarium specimens
  • An understanding of biological, mechanical, and chemical filtration
  • Demonstrated ability to perform numerous types of field collections including responsible transport and acclimatization collection specimens
  • Experience working in a public aquarium setting, SCUBA diving, and specific knowledge of the marine life in the Gulf of Maine and North Atlantic is preferred

Other Requirements

The Assistant Aquarist must be able to work in a shared space and be able to lift moderate to occasionally heavy weight above his/her shoulders. They must also possess the ability to climb stairs and ladders.  The Assistant Aquarist must also have a valid driver's license. The assistant Aquarist is required to act professionally with a positive attitude in a team environment, to follow recognized Seacoast Science Center safety practices and work in a way consistent with the SSC’s core values.

  • Maintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at levels suitable for public display
  • Perform general marine animal care
  • Set-up, maintenance, and care of aquarium tanks and systems
  • Detection/diagnosis and treatment of diseases of marine organisms
  • Evaluation and diagnosis of life support system functionality
  • Diet preparation and animal feeding
  • Collect marine animals and plants
  • Assists in the design, development, and construction of exhibit tanks and life support systems
  • Communicates with interns, volunteers, and staff on animal updates and coordinates scheduling where appropriate
  • Teach visitor programs as it pertains to the tanks as required
  • Deliver public visitor programs related to the SSC’s aquarium exhibits as needed
How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to  Please indicate “Assistant Aquarist” in the subject line of your application email. Applicant review will begin on February 1st, 2019 and the process will remain open until a candidate is hired. No phone calls please.

The Seacoast Science Center is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Salary Range:

$13-$15 per hour

Job Location:


Date Added: January 2, 2019

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