My first job was as a docent (volunteer) at the NY Aquarium, later I got paid. I worked in the Children’s Cove, demonstrating horseshoe crabs and starfish and sea urchins in the kids touch tank. I’d flip those poor crabs over and show the kids their claws and stuff. Used to hang out with the older teenagers who worked the refreshment stands, and would always say hi to the dolphins at the end of the day. Don’t get much more Coney Island than that! It was fun. I remember having to wear white pants to go with my blue t-shirt, and I had a pair of those 70’s double-zipper types with flair legs.
Original author: Connie Kottmann