The National Aquarium is a world-class public facility and nonprofit organization that plays a huge role in the city of Baltimore. It’s a place where people of all ages can learn about and connect with the planet’s incredible aquatic life. In addition to addressing environmental issues, the Aquarium celebrates learning and serves as a center for community engagement.
“The mission of the National Aquarium,” shares Jennifer Dittmar, Manager of Animal Rescue, “is to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. And our goal is to really bring the public closer to those animals and ecosystems around them and help them become more connected to them.” And this mission is carried out on every level. The passion and commitment to the planet and its wildlife is palpable.
“My favorite part on a day-to-day basis of being at the aquarium is just the passion and the energy amongst the staff in the building. It’s just infectious,” says Curtis Bennett, Conservation Project Manager. “And everyone is just very driven and goal-oriented, and we’ve all united under our mission here at the aquarium. Each and every day, we’re all doing what we need to do to make sure that we engage people in that mission as well so they all see the role that they play as environmental stewards in their communities and their watersheds, as well.”
The Aquarium is largely popular and successful mostly due to its employees, who are extremely supportive of one another. Managers are invested in seeing their employees grow, and career development is consistently emphasized throughout the organization. Working with larger animals takes a lot of collaboration and often requires the cooperation of multiple departments, so everybody comes together to provide for their wellbeing.
“The teamwork with my fellow aquarists and other co-workers—that’s got to be one of the most rewarding parts. Being able to come together as a team to help an animal, or give an animal a physical, or just feed an animal for the day—it’s very rewarding,” says Morgan Denney, an aquarist. And when they aren’t teaming up to lift a 500-pound sea turtle, for example, employees are pulling friendly pranks and often go out for happy hour after work.
If you’re a problem-solver who wants to save the world and its animals, this may be just the place for you.
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Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author