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Associate Aquarist- Temporary

Posted: April 11, 2024 Expired: May 9, 2024
Aquarium of The Pacific
Long Beach
TEMPORARY
Bachelor Degree 1 Year

Aquarium of the Pacific

Each year approximately 1.7 million people visit the Aquarium, making it consistently one of the leading attractions in the Southern California region. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. Through these programs and a variety of multimedia experiences, the Aquarium provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn more about our planet.

Associate Aquarist- Temporary

Temporary- $22.50/hour- 24 hours per week for 6 months

The Associate Aquarist is responsible for the daily husbandry and maintenance of marine organisms and their habitats. Primary duties include food preparation, feeding, exhibit and life support maintenance, diving, collecting various fish and advising volunteers/inters.

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.

  • Responsible for the husbandry 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.
  • Ensures the proper care of life support equipment by adhering to a regular maintenance schedule and keeping all components clean.
  • 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 Asst. Curator/Curator and Veterinarian.
  • Maintains 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.
  • Assists with the acquisition, transfer, and disposition of specimens; may be required to travel long distances under harsh conditions during animal transfers.
  • Assists with field collection trips.
  • Trains, directs and oversees the work of volunteers and interns assigned to work in individual’s area of responsibility.
  • Assists with system design and 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 appropriate stocking levels in exhibits.
  • 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.
  • Collaborates with other aquariums and zoos in aquarium techniques when necessary.

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 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 to 1 year experience caring for animals in a public aquarium.
  • SCUBA certification.
  • Possess a valid CA driver’s license (minimum of 3 years driving experience)
  • 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

MENTAL DEMANDS

The mental 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.

  • Flexibility and adaptability in dealing with high levels of responsibility, empathy, frustration and patience when it comes to the care of animals with basic needs.
  • Resilience and ability to prioritize sometimes competing tasks and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to maintain positive and productive relationships with colleagues and guests, even when differing perspectives present potential for conflict.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to analyze issues and find effective solutions and alternatives.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to handle changes in schedules or responsibilities.
  • Critical thinking and decision-making abilities to handle complex situations.
  • Empathy and emotional intelligence to understand and respond to the needs of colleagues or customers.
  • Ability to maintain composure and handle difficult situations with professionalism.
  • Ability to cope with occasional illness, injury, or loss of animals.

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.

  • Ability to respond to unpredictable and potentially dangerous marine mammals, birds and program animals.
  • Exposure to injury from animals.
  • Food preparation with fish and shellfish.
  • Exposure to various temperatures, humidity or wetness.
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways.
  • Elevated platforms.
  • Use of special auditory, visual, fall arrest and personal protective equipment.
  • Exposed to working with biohazards.
  • Use of hand tools, machinery, and company vehicles.
  • Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments.
  • Willingness to travel long distances under harsh conditions, if necessary

INERESTED & QUALIFIED?

If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below. 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.

How to Apply

https://www.aquariumofpacific.org/employment/info/associate_aquarist

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Phone: (562) 590-3100
Fax: (562) 951-1629

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