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Senior Aquarist

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Bachelor Degree

The company has a job opening in Charlotte, but is open to considering candidates from other areas or remote workers who meet the necessary qualifications. The employer's lack of disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate based on the company's commitment to employee diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is accepting applications for internship positions. April 30, 2024 is when the job listing for Senior Aquarist was released, and it will expire on May 28, 2024. This job opening requires that you have a minimum qualification of Bachelor Degree to be considered for the position. The job location for this position is at Charlotte , NC , Charlotte , NC.

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

Senior Aquarist

As the Sr Aquarist, you are responsible for two large freshwater aquariums and invertebrate, amphibian and reptile exhibits at four separate Nature Centers. Since animals are unpredictable, please know that you must be able to accommodate an “on-call” schedule for emergencies. You’ll serve as the Lead in all things Animal Care including:
  • Provide exceptional care to all assigned animals and exhibits including daily cleaning, water quality, maintenance, diving, diet preparation and feeding, and health assessments.
  • Maintain public display exhibits and back-of-house areas to the highest quality standards.
  • Work with the veterinary team to maintain high animal health standards including participating in procedures and necropsies.
  • Maintain current up to date knowledge on biology, ecology and husbandry of all animals within their care.
  • Research care and dietary needs of new or incoming plants and animals.
  • Ensure care of exhibit life support systems, including routine preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Direct the development and implementation of husbandry procedures, techniques and practices in an Animal Care Manual.
  • Determine and make budgetary recommendations as to annual animal care budget for equipment, maintenance and diets
  • Maintain appropriate written and computerized animal care records.
  • Mentor assigned departmental staff, volunteers or interns.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free.
  • Respond to emergency calls.
  • Assist with design, fabrication and install of new animal enclosures and exhibits.
  • Participate in related education, Public Relations and membership programs including facility tours.
Experience: Four (4) years of experience with fish and invertebrates with strong background in reptiles and amphibian husbandry, preferably in an AZA accredited aquarium or zoo setting.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology or related science.
Combination of relevant experience and relevant education accepted?: Yes
Licenses/Certifications: Requires a North Carolina or South Carolina Driver’s License and County Driving Privileges; Must possess a valid open water dive certification (PADI, SSI, NAUI).

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Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Charlotte, NC

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