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Assistant Curator of Saltwater

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
Bachelor Degree 7 Year

For this job, you must have completed Bachelor Degree to be considered. If you want to increase your chances of getting the job, submit your application before the expiration date as Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, the recruiter for this vacancy, has a policy against late submissions. The job posting for the Assistant Curator of Saltwater role was made available on January 29, 2024, and it will no longer be open after February 26, 2024. A prerequisite for this job is that you have at least 84 months of work experience in the same field. The company is advertising a job in Lead, but may consider remote candidates if they have the right skills. You can negotiate your salary with the employer because they do not disclose it until the negotiation stage. The position is situated at Draper , UT , Draper , UT.

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Assistant Curator of Saltwater

Position: Assistant Curator of Saltwater

Reports To: Curator of Saltwater


Position Summary:

The Assistant Curator of Saltwater will help oversee the care of the saltwater animals as well as supervise staff. Reporting to the Curator of Saltwater, this position will develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures relevant to the personnel and the Saltwater collection at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. This individual will also help orchestrate all aspects of animal care, including but not limited to; acquisition, disposition, record keeping, husbandry, enrichment, implementation of balanced and nutritional diets, translocations, medical procedures and vaccinations.



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Zoology, Biology or related field
  • A minimum 7 years’ proven experience in an aquarium or zoo environment, demonstrating a proven record of animal husbandry, enrichment and exhibition of a variety reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates


Critical Skills/Competencies:

  • Awareness of current animal issues in zoos and aquariums and outside in the wild
  • Ability to successfully manage the animal collection
  • Understand exhibit design and construction
  • Recognize any deficiencies in exhibit or animal holding facilities
  • Ability to prioritize issues affecting animals and staff
  • Knowledge of annual budget process and ability to operate within departmental budget
  • Knowledge and skills to interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems
  • Knowledge of laws and permits regulating acquisition, disposition, exhibition, husbandry standards and transportation within the US and abroad
  • Knowledge of concepts, principles and practices of zoo record keeping methods and collection management standards. Working knowledge of ZIMS
  • Possess excellent communication skills. Must be able to give and take direction: both verbally and written
  • Ability to multi-task as well as delegate
  • Must have the ability to work flexible hours, including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings
  • Knowledge of dangerous and venomous species handling and protocols a plus


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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as a liaison between upper management and the veterinarians, animal care staff and registrar regarding animal health, care and habitats
  • Evaluate, assist in approving animal enrichment and operant conditioning programs 
  • Assist in the development and enforce standards of animal care policies and procedures for the entire specimen collection
  • Help schedule, assign and direct Saltwater staff and volunteers, as-needed, which includes performance management and disciplinary action
  • Collaborate with Department Directors and Curators on animal habitat designs and renovation.
  • Lead others in the research and development of new habitats and renovations
  • Lead by example to animal care staff; providing encouragement, coaching, training, mentoring and opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally
  • Collaborate in the production of all identification labels and interpretive graphics associated with animal exhibits
  • Represent the department at professional meetings, conferences or in the media as requested by upper management
  • Works with guest services and marketing with respect to exhibition, visitor experience and special functions
  • Help with crisis management, safety drills and participate in safety meetings with fellow department representatives when required
  • Oversee management of assigned Taxa, or sections of the Saltwater department and staff
  • Willing to care for assigned systems on a husbandry level as assigned
  • Oversees and coordinates day to day operations of the exhibit floor, tasks, and standards
  • Other duties as assigned


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: 

  • Valid Utah driver’s license
  • Current PADI or SSI scuba certification, or ability to make current
  • CPR/First Aid certification, or the ability to obtain it in-house upon employment
  • Must possess or be willing to obtain current, negative TB test results

Physical Demands of the Job:

  • Must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 pounds
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Drive aquarium vehicles
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear
  • Frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, reach or feel and manipulate objects or controls
  • Frequently required to sit, walk distances, climb, balance, stoop, bend, kneel, crouch and stand for long periods for time


While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.

How to Apply

Apply at:

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 S Lone Peak Pkwy
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 801-355-3474

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