Skip to main content

Today's Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Aquarist II or Aquarist III Coral Specialist

Full Time, Benefits Eligible

The Aquarium of the Pacific is seeking an Aquarist II or III with specialized experience with coral husbandry and propagation. The Aquarium of the Pacific has a well established live coral collection and is looking for skilled person to join our Tropical Pacific Gallery Team.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for the direct husbandry of various fish & invertebrates and life support systems in the Aquarium
  • Maintain the highest level of cleanliness and artistic quality of the displays, cleans the glass, and decor
  • Maintain proper water quality (temperature, pH, nutrient levels, etc.) to ensure the health of the organisms and high water clarity
  • Ensure the proper care of life support equipment by adhering to a regular preventive maintenance schedule and by keeping all items clean
  • Demonstrates basic plumbing skills under supervision (comfortable plumbing PVC pipe up to 2”)
  • Ensure that proper lighting levels (including appropriate photoperiod) are achieved and maintained
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the capture, handling, transfer and acclimation of fish and invertebrates
  • Can identify common fish diseases and is familiar with appropriate treatments
  • Complete inspection rounds at least twice daily to check status of all exhibit and holding/quarantine systems and their occupants
  • Report all non-function life support equipment to the Assistant Curator, Curator, or in emergency situation, Life Support department
  • Assist and collaborate with Life Support department with system design and fabrication during renovations
  • Prepare food and feeds organisms
  • Observe and recognizes medical conditions that may require medical treatments.
  • Administer medications as needed under the direction of the Assistant Curator or Curator
  • Maintain all established records necessary to keep track of the collection (acquisition, disposition logs, tanks records, water quality records, etc.)
  • Maintain appropriately high stocking levels in exhibit tanks
  • Assist with the acquisition of specimens from reputable collectors, wholesalers, retailers, private individuals, and other institutions
  • Assist with field collection trips
  • Maintain quarantine/holding systems. Adheres to accepted quarantine schedule. Makes changes to the schedule only with the approval of the Curator or Veterinarian
  • Maintain a clean work area to facilitate a presentable and safe environment for work and behind the scene tours
  • Maintain exhibits through diving if necessary
  • Adhere to all established safety protocols (fire, OSHA, diving, etc.)
  • Train, develop, and oversee the work of volunteers and interns assigned to work in individual’s area of responsibility
  • Assist in the handling of marine mammals or birds when additional personnel are required
  • Maintain supplies and equipment needed for department
  • Demonstrate flexibility in completing tasks, which may extend after normal working hours or to weekends and holidays
  • Occasionally provide interviews to the media under the direction of Public Relations Director
  • Collaborate with other aquariums and zoos in aquarium techniques
  • Presents workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs and behind the scenes tours
  • Able to cover a system in the in the gallery in which you work

Additional Responsibilities for Aquarist III Only:

  • Comfort in plumbing larger aquarium systems
  • Assist curatorial staff in the acquisition of specimens
  • Able cover any system at the Aquarium of the Pacific (Or ability to learn within the first year)
  • Maintaining a high level of professionalism and performing as a role model for other aquarists
  • Act as liaison between the staff and management team on weekends, holidays, or in the absence of the curatorial staff
  • Lead field collection trips
  • Lead or collaborate on conservation related projects
  • Lead exhibit renovation projects
  • May be asked to take on advanced responsibility and oversight of our internship or volunteer programs, or similar leadership roles.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of three (Aquarist II) or five (Aquarist III) years’ experience caring for animals in a public aquarium, paid or volunteer
  • SCUBA certification
  • Valid driver’s license
  • CPR Certification

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Maintain a high level of knowledge of Aquarium species
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge and expertise of the operation and theory of life support systems
  • Attention to detail
  • Boat handling ability
  • In-depth expertise in a specialized discipline of Aquarium Sciences (e.g. fish or invertebrate breeding techniques, water chemistry, life support system design, etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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
  • Willingness to travel long distances under harsh conditions, if necessary
  • Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments

Interested or Qualified?

If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by 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 PCI aptitude assessment.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

APPLY NOW