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Senior Aquarist For Fish And Invertebrates

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc.
Norwalk
PART TIME

The job vacancy entitled Senior Aquarist For Fish And Invertebrates was announced on May 11, 2024, and it will be removed on June 8, 2024. The employer's non-disclosure of salary means that you have the option to negotiate it. Are you interested in a part time job? The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Inc. may have just what you're looking for. Although the job is based in Norwalk, the employer is willing to consider candidates who are open to relocating if necessary. The work will be performed at the physical location of South Norwalk , CT , South Norwalk , CT.

THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK, INC.

SENIOR AQUARIST FOR FISH AND INVERTEBRATES

SENIOR AQUARIST FOR FISH AND INVERTEBRATES                               FULL TIME

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND 

The mission of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is to ignite a connection to Long Island Sound and the ocean to enrich the lives of all people and inspire action to protect our blue planet. For more than 35 years, the Aquarium has played a significant role in shaping the landscape of Norwalk and the region. The second largest family attraction in Connecticut, and 50 miles from New York City, the Aquarium historically hosts nearly 500,000 guests annually. Its primary exhibits take guests on a voyage from the shallow salt marshes and estuaries to the depths of the Long Island Sound and the ocean beyond, culminating with habitats for sharks and harbor seals. Altogether, the Aquarium is home to nearly 7,500 animals and over 300 species in 75 exhibits. A new 4D Theater offers a unique sensory film experience for guests. Its education programs introduce approximately 65,000 students, campers and scouts to marine and STEM education. The Aquarium is recognized as a top aquarium in the nation, and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. It is an active participant in the local and regional community. The strength of the Aquarium is its 60 full-time staff, and part-time and seasonal staff, in addition to volunteers who contribute nearly 20,000 hours annually.

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The Senior Aquarist for Fish and Invertebrates is responsible for the fish, cnidarians, and other animals that fall within their assigned section, as well as the maintenance of their life support systems. This position supervises a team of aquarists in their husbandry duties and will coordinate closely with veterinarians, life support staff, and other departments to ensure optimal care and welfare of these species.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Prefer four-year degree (B.S.) in marine biology, biology, zoology or related field
  • Minimum of five years husbandry experience in a public aquarium husbandry/operations position, especially with tropical and temperate fish, corals, jellies and/or other cnidarians.
  • Advanced knowledge of the operation and maintenance of aquarium and life support systems, including experience with water quality testing.
  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory equipment and operating procedures.
  • Strong command of the English language, both written and verbal.
  • Able to lift a minimum of 60 pounds.
  • Able to negotiate stairs, climb high obstacles and maneuver easily in various behind the scenes areas.
  • Able to negotiate various field conditions.
  • Able to work standing up for extended periods of time.
  • Valid license required with a clean driving record.
  • SCUBA certification and collection experience preferred.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Supervises a team of Aquarists, executing duties such as scheduling, performance assessments, and ordering department supplies.
  • Oversees collection of animals that may include fish, corals, jellies, cephalopods, and sea turtles, including their husbandry, exhibit maintenance, and life support systems.
  • Responsible for administering animal diets and maintaining inventory of dietary items and supplies including live and frozen animals, produce, and dietary supplements.
  • Responsible for assessing animal condition, identifying diseases and administering treatments as prescribed by the veterinarian
  • Coordinates with veterinarians to perform routine diagnostics (annual physical exams, bloodwork, et cetera).
  • Maintains life support systems.
  • Maintains accurate records, and oversees behavioral management via conditioning and environmental enrichment as appropriate for various taxa.
  • Responsible for ensuring tanks are stocked with appropriate animals, including propagation where appropriate. 
  • Assess animal condition.
  • Performs water quality analysis and make adjustments.
  • Participates in the collection of animals from Long Island Sound and other locations for display in Aquarium tanks.
  • Documents and communicates observations.
  • Maintains a variety of collecting equipment.
  • Culture of live foods for aquarium animals.
  • Able to work weekends and holidays and travel for extended periods of time to perform collecting duties.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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Perks

Excellent Benefits

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume and Maritime Aquarium application (maritimeaquarium.org and click on join our team) to Rachel Stein at rstein@maritimeaquarium.org and to Rosemarie Lombardi at rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org.  Please put Senior Aquarist for Fish & Invertebrates  in the subject line of your e-mail.

The Maritime Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

THE MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK, INC.
10 NORTH WATER STREET
SOUTH NORWALK, CT 06854

Useful link(s) for this job

  • E-mail to rstein@maritimeaquarium.org
  • E-mail to rlombardi@maritimeaquarium.org
  • http://MARITIMEAQUARIUM.ORG
  • click apply button below

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