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Associate Aquarist- Full Time

Full Time, Eligible For Benefits

The Associate Aquarist is responsible for supporting the daily husbandry and maintenance of marine organisms and their habitats. Primary duties include food preparation, feeding, exhibit and life support maintenance, and exhibit diving.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • Aids in the care of various fish & invertebrates, their habitats, and life support systems
  • Maintains the highest level of cleanliness and artistic quality of the displays, including the window, background and décor
  • Maintains exhibits through diving when necessary
  • Maintains acceptable water quality parameters to ensure the health of the organisms and excellent water clarity; tests water quality parameters when needed
  • Helps Aquarists ensure the proper care of life support equipment
  • Prepares diets using a diversity of high quality foods and supplements; diet composition simulates natural diets as much as possible
  • Feeds organisms appropriately and maintains correct weight
  • Recognizes medical conditions and administers medications as needed under the direction of the Veterinarian or Curator
  • Assists in the Maintenance quarantine/holding systems, if assigned; adheres to accepted quarantine schedule and makes changes only with the approval of the Curator or Veterinarian
  • Reports all medical or behavioral matters to Asst. Curator/Curator and Veterinarian
  • Completes all necessary records and keeps them current; records detailed daily notes and notes observations
  • Helps lead daily activities with volunteer and interns and works closely with Aquarist staff for volunteer and intern training and development.
  • Assists with fabrication during renovations
  • Completes inspection rounds at least twice daily to check status of all exhibit and holding/quarantine systems and their occupants
  • Reports all non-functional life support equipment to the Assistant Curator or Life Support department
  • Proper maintenance and usage of all equipment, supplies and tools assigned to him/her (including radios)
  • Maintains a clean behind-the-scenes area to facilitate a professional and safe work environment
  • Adheres to all established safety protocols (fire, OSHA, diving, etc.)
  • Assists in the handling of marine mammals or birds when additional personnel are required
  • Demonstrates flexibility in completing tasks, which may extend after normal working hours or to weekends and holidays
  • Occasionally provides interviews to the media under the direction of the Public Relations Department
  • Collaborates with other aquariums and zoos in aquarium techniques when necessary
  • Presents lectures, member programs and behind-the-scenes tours, if requested
  • May work on independent projects under the direction of Aquarist or Assistant Curator
  • Participate in collections including tide pooling, wading, or snorkeling, but is not eligible for ocean diving

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.

  • Maintains a high level of knowledge of species under care
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge of the operation and theory of life support systems and marine aquarium water chemistry
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

QUALIFICATIONS

The qualifications described here are representative of those that an individual must possess to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 6 months’ experience caring for animals in a public aquarium or equivalent organization
  • SCUBA certification
  • Valid drivers license
  • CPR Certification

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance bend, squat, climb, kneel, 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
  • Willingness to travel long distances under harsh conditions, if necessary

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • 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 Hire Select:

  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.

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