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Aviculturist I

full time, eligible for benefits

The Aviculturist I is primarily responsible for the care of the bird collection and assists in the care of the reptiles, amphibians, and mammals. The Aviculturist assists the Curator/Assistant Curator in the training of volunteers and intern aviculturists. Under the direction of the Curator/Asst. Curator, the individual coordinates the care and treatment of the Aquarium’s animal collection with the veterinarian, and is responsible for the training and husbandry of animal collections. The individual is expected to act as a positive role model to other staff members and must have introductory knowledge of natural history, husbandry, and training of animals.

Essential Functions:

  • Provides the highest possible quality of care to the animals in his/her care
  • Prepares food and feeds the animals plans diets, determines appropriate base levels, and makes adjustments as needed
  • Observes and recognizes medical conditions that may require treatment. Promptly reports those conditions to the Curator or Asst. Curator. Coordinates care and treatment with the Veterinarian
  • Assists in the training of the animal collection by developing training strategies and long term training plans
  • Assists the Asst. Curator in coordinating activities and communicating with other staff members.
  • Responsible for presentation quality by performing in and evaluating public presentations on a daily basis
  • Ensures the proper care of life support equipment by adhering to a regular preventive maintenance schedule and by keeping all items clean and in good working order
  • Promptly reports all non-functional life support equipment to the Curator, Asst. Curator or Facilities Supervisor for immediate repairs
  • Assists with system design and fabrication of holding facilities
  • Maintains a clean and organized area to facilitate a presentable and safe environment for work and behind the scene tours
  • May occasionally provide interviews to the media under the direction of Public Relations
  • Communicates regularly with other departments, professional colleagues at other institutions and outside contractors
  • Maintains all records pertaining to the Aquarium’s collection of animals
  • Under the direction of the Curator/Asst. Curator, may assist in the selection, training, and work of volunteers and interns assigned to work with animal collection.
  • Performs routinely in public presentations and animal behavioral demonstrations.
  • Adheres to all established safety protocols (fire, OSHA, diving, etc.) and reports unsafe conditions to the area Curator, Asst. Curator, or Safety Officer to be remedied
  • Works closely with Life Support staff to maintain proper water and air quality (temperature, pH, chlorine, ORP levels, etc.) to ensure the health of the animals and high water quality
  • Gallery interpretation of exhibits in public areas. Interacting with and educating the public in a personal manner
  • Performs diving operations for cleaning, collecting, and research. Diving may require advanced training with special equipment such as dry suits or full face regulators


  • Bachelors degree in Biology or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of one (1) year of progressively responsible experience as an animal keeper/trainer (paid) in a zoological facility
  • Experience with one or more of the following groups preferred: lorikeets, penguins, raptors, alcids or coraciformes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license
  • SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized agency

Knowledge & Skills

  • Maintain a high level of knowledge and expertise of the operation and theory of all life support systems.
  • Present workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs, Behind-the-Scenes tours and other interactions with public and staff.

Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance bend, squat, climb, kneel, crawl, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-75lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
  • Ability to swim, SCUBA certification in dive aquarium habitats or open ocean
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills

Work Environment

  • Exposure to injury from animals
  • Food preparation with fish and shellfish
  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Elevated platforms
  • Use of special auditory, visual, and personal protective equipment
  • Exposed to working with bio-hazards
  • Use of hand tools, machinery and company vehicles
  • Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments

Interested & Qualified?

If you meet the requirements of this position, please click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required for all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the assessment(s). Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration.
    Thank you for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.