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Aquarist (all Levels Welcome To Apply!)

ZoOceanarium Group LLC
Longboat Key
High School 3 Year

To be considered for this job, it is necessary to fulfill the requirement of having passed High School. May 8, 2024 marked the beginning of the Aquarist (all Levels Welcome To Apply!) job offer, which will be removed on June 5, 2024. If you're looking for a job with a internship type, check out the opportunities available at ZoOceanarium Group LLC. This vacancy is in Longboat Key, but it is possible for the company to accept applicants from outside the area who meet the specified qualifications. To be considered for this job, you must have acquired 36 months of work experience in the same field. You have the chance to negotiate your salary with the employer based on the company's approach to employee job meaning and purpose. The location for this position is Longboat Key , FL , Longboat Key , FL.

ZoOceanarium Group LLC




Position Summary
This position will work at a 5-star resort located in Longboat Key, outside of Sarasota, Florida. As an aquarist of the snorkel lagoon experience, you will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the exhibit as well as the Guest service and safety. Primary responsibilities include the care and wellbeing of all animals under the facility’s care; maintenance of the habitat; guiding guest through the snorkel programs; regular diving; teamwork and collaboration within the Animal Care Department and throughout the hotel. 
Duties & Responsibilities
  • Undertake daily operations within the Animal Care Department to ensure highest level of safety, courtesy, education, efficiency and operational readiness at all times.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety standards in accordance with local municipality, state and federal rules and regulations. 
  • Supervise animal care and ensure habitats meet compliance of facility specific policies and procedures.
  • Perform duties in order to reduce loss/waste, control costs and accurately communicate expenses.
  • Proactively assist in the implementation of new habitat additions and educational opportunities in order to maximize revenues and guest experience.
  • Maintain up-to-date electronic records on animal health, water quality, system maintenance, system checks and stock reports.
  • Monitor and identify animal health concerns, disease diagnosis and water quality concerns.
  • Communicate to the Directors, Animal Care Supervisor, Veterinary, water quality, and engineering staff any animal health concerns to develop and implement a care and treatment plan.
  • Compliance of all policy and procedure documents.
  • Assist in emergency situations to minimize damage, loss or injury to guests, team members, animals or company property.
  • In collaboration with Guest Experience Department, ensure habitats and programs engage, educate and entertain diverse audiences. 
  • Work closely with the volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement. 
  • Perform daily dive requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Experience, Skills & Qualifications
  • 1-3 years + experience with saltwater husbandry required. 
  • 1-3 years + of hospitality or heavy customer service experience required. 
  • Previous working experience with rays, jellyfish and reptiles preferred.
  • PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent preferred.
  • First Aid, Emergency O2, and AED certification required. 
  • 4-year degree in wildlife/marine biology or relevant work experience required. 
  • Background in saltwater aquariums, reptiles, amphibians, birds or small mammals required. 
  • Experience in the care of flora and fauna in a public aquarium setting preferred. 
  • Competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong listening, presentation and decision-making skills.
  • The individual must possess the following abilities to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some or a combination of the abilities.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to read, listen and communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to access and accurately input information using a moderately complex computer system.
  • Hearing and visual ability to observe and detect signs of emergency situations. 
  • Requires the ability to perform the physical, visual and hearing requirements in the working conditions below.
  • Upon employment all team members are required to comply with the standards, rules and regulations, which may be established by the Company and updated from time-to-time. Team members who violate property rules or have irregular attendance will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.
  • The leisure business functions seven days a week. Due to the seasonal nature of the industry, team members may be required to work varying schedules, weekends, holidays and overtime to reflect the business needs of the property. Team members may also be required to attend group and/or department meetings in addition to the work shift as necessary. 
  • This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that a team member in this position may be asked to perform.
Salaried or Hourly

Experience Required

We have multiple positions open from Assistant Aquarists, Aquarist 1, Aquarist 2 & Senior Aquarist

Further Comments

This job is 50% animal care & 50% guest interaction


$18 per hour

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ZoOceanarium Group LLC
Longboat Key, FL

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