Sea Otter Program Manager
Full Time, Eligible For Benefits
The Sea Otter Program Manager directs the daily activites and staff that support all sea otter initiatives at the Aquarium of the Pacific. This role works directly with the Curator of Mammals and Birds to manage and support the Sea Otter Surrogacy partnership with Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Sea Otter Program Manger, under direction of the Curator, is responsible for the management of the sea otters, their exhibits, life support systems, associated programs and the supervision of staff.
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.
- Works with the Curator of Mammals and Birds to administer and support the Sea Otter Program
- Supervise the daily routine and maintenance of all sea otter exhibits, holding areas and associated staff
- Training and instruction of the husbandry staff in sea otter related duties and tasks
- Develop, implement, and review standard operating procedures related to the Sea Otter Surrogacy Program at the Aquarium of the Pacific
- Contributes to the daily programmatic needs of the sea otter program; including but not limited to animal care, transport and staff training and development
- Oversees staff work schedules and responsible for submitting time cards
- Regular communication with the Curator on the status of all projects and activities within the section
- Ensures that all sea otter program animal-care regimes and standards as directed by the curator are implemented (e.g. proper handling, diet preparation and feeding, monitoring of growth, etc.)
- Provide support to management of other areas within the Mammals and Bird division as requested
- Contributes to the preparation of and helps conduct employee performance evaluations
- Support the growth and development of the partnership between otter surrogacy facilities
- Reports animal medical cases to Curator and Veterinarian
- Responsible for ordering materials to ensure that adequate supplies and equipment exist for the section
- Ensures compliance with established safety procedures and protocols
- Responds to emergency situations within the section
- Maintains knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques
- Publishes and/or presents technical and general papers at the discretion of the Curator
- Attends professional meetings and conferences at the discretion of the Curator and Director of Husbandry
- Communicates regularly with colleagues at other institutions
- Represents the Sea Otter Program in various interdepartmental capacities as needed
- Conducts media interviews at the request of the Marketing Department
- Directs the section in the Curator’s absence
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.
- Maintain a high level of knowledge of Aquarium species in section
- Maintains a high level of knowledge and expertise of the operation and theory of life support systems
- Maintains knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques
- Attention to detail
- In-depth expertise in a specialized discipline of Aquarium Sciences (e.g. marine mammals, breeding techniques, water chemistry, or life support system design, etc.)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
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 equivalent experience
- 7+ years experience as a Mammalogist at a public Aquarium, Zoo, or rehabilitation facility
- Extensive experience in the care and maintenance of sea otters and other marine mammals
- Extensive experience and proficiency in the capture, handling, transfer and transportation of sea otters
- Previous public speaking experience
- Previous experience leading teams of volunteers and/or staff to the successful accomplishment of a major task or objective
- Possess a valid drivers license
- CPR Certification
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
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
- Ability to respond to unpredictable behavior by animals in the collection
- Food preparation and feeding of fish and shellfish
- Exposure to variations 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 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:
- You will complete a brief web application;
- You will attach or build your resume;
- 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.