The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk (TMA) invites candidates to apply for a full time Graphic Artist position in the Aquarium’s Exhibits Department.
The mission of the Aquarium is to inspire people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound, its ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. For more than 33 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 Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk seeks a candidate with extraordinary graphic design talent who relishes the challenge of creating engaging and inspiring designs that often convey complex scientific concepts. The Graphic Artist works closely with other members of the Exhibits team to produce timely designs that illustrate and illuminate materials for display on the Aquarium floor and for distribution to both general and targeted audiences. The candidate will develop thought-provoking designs that convey the Aquarium’s world-class animal care and conservation efforts using modern tools and techniques.
- Work proficiently in software programs including Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and PowerPoint.
- Work closely with the Exhibit Director to apply graphics expertise to produce timely and visually effective signage and graphic designs for display.
- Participate in planning for and production of significant deliverables, such as dynamic presentations, art for digital platforms (website, social media), fact sheets, reports and other publications, brochures, digital signage, posters, infographics, objects, renderings, and collateral for high-profile visits.
- Conceptualize and oversee production of large-format, environmental displays and exhibits.
- Prioritize requests, coordinate and schedule workflow, and facilitate production with printers or other vendors to meet tight, demanding deadlines and ensure cost-effectiveness.
- Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
- Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.
- Follow internal review processes to ensure highest quality products.
- Collaborate with other Aquarium staff, including scientists and researchers to understand and communicate complex subject matter through clear and effective design solutions.
- Engage with team members in all areas of the design process and contribute to the overall mission.
A minimum of an associate’s degree in art, graphic design, or related field with seven to 10 years’ experience (equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered).
The successful candidate must have excellent attention to detail; the ability to understand, follow, and implement complex instructions; strong organizational skills, including the flexibility to handle multiple assignments simultaneously; and excellent verbal communication skills. The Graphic Artist must possess the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines; strong interpersonal skills; the ability to identify opportunities to delegate or assume tasks as needed; the ability to work—both independently and with all levels of staff—in a team-based environment; and strong skills in solving problems and developing and implementing solutions.
Bachelor’s degree preferred. Experience designing for displays and exhibits. Expert skills in multi-page layout and design. Familiarity with 3D modeling software, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel.
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 encourage to apply.
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