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Otter Biologist

Posted: May 21, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023 Aquarium of the Bay
San Francisco
High School Aquarium of the Bay

Otter Biologist

 Are you ready to dive into a world of aquatic wonder? Join our team as a Biologist in the Animal Care department, where you'll join a fantastic team of Biologists on the River Otter Team. Get ready to embark on an exciting journey caring for North American river otters. Your daily tasks will include everything from mastering the art of behavioral training to ensuring these adorable creatures are well-fed and their habitats sparkling clean. But that's not all – you'll also be the chef behind their carefully crafted diets! Caring for North American river otters at an AZA accredited facility is a comprehensive career too - you'll master electronic recordkeeping, public speaking, SCUBA diving, and more. Additionally, the Animal Care department at Aquarium of the Bay is dedicated to creating strong, skilled biologists no matter what space they’re working in. Your duties will also include learning to care for the full array of fascinating aquatic life, such as invertebrates, fishes, sharks, and a host of other captivating creatures that call our Aquarium home. If you're passionate about wildlife, enthusiastic about learning, and ready to make a splash in the world of animal care, this biologist position is your ticket to an adventure like no other. Join us and become an integral part of our mission This position reports to the Director and Associate Director of Animal Care This position supervises: May supervise volunteers. PRIMARY DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  •  Regular, reliable attendance and punctuality are essential functions and are required 100% of the time
  •  Biologists are required to work an 8 hour shift, shift start and end times vary throughout the week. The work week will be Sunday – Thursday or Tuesday – Saturday.
  •  Adheres to all organizational policies and procedures including, but not limited to attendance, uniform, and grooming standards
  •  Daily cleaning of exhibits and holding spaces associated with our North American river otter population.
  •  Daily free-contact training sessions with our otters.
  •  Present a daily talk for our guest along with training sessions.
  •  While the primary responsibilities will be to care for and train our population of North American river otters, you may be asked to manage specific projects that might include water quality, jelly culturing, amphibian care, reptile care, small mammal care, food acquisition and preparation, animal collection and vessel maintenance projects.
  •  Monitor animal health, water quality, life support equipment function, maintenance and display aesthetics of animal exhibits.
  •  Develop and prepare diets to meet nutritional requirements; administer medical treatments to mammals, fishes and invertebrates.
  •  Drive company vehicle for collection and transport of live animals- CA Driver’s License and insurance required.
  •  Collect live animals, maintain animal care and transport equipment.
  •  SCUBA dive in displays and for collecting; accredited dive association-certified and current CPR certification required.
 QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
  •  Ability to problem-solve independently
  •  Demonstrated initiative and attention to detail
  •  Experience with life support equipment including pumps, filters and oxygen
  •  A firm understanding of operant conditioning and positive reinforcement training concepts
  •  Ability to administer medical treatments to mammals, fish and invertebrates
  •  Familiarity with the basic parameters of water quality and treatment
  •  Ability to train and assist less experienced staff
  •  Some knowledge of animal necropsy techniques and tissue sampling
  •  Exercise discretion and independent judgment while completing all aspects of animal husbandry including equipment care and animal acquisition.
  •  Work without supervision while monitoring animal health, water quality and life support equipment function
  •  Maintain electronic animal care data, return telephone messages and e-mails in a timely fashion
 Additional requirements for in-house candidates:
  •  No written warnings for the last year
  •  Complete knowledge of all the Aquarium’s exhibit water systems
  •  Demonstrated familiarity with all institutional protocols
  •  Demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain effective, efficient and cooperative relationships with other employees, volunteers and senior administration
  •  Have maintained proper departmental uniform standards
  •  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
 EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: · A four-year college degree in a biological or animal care field of study. · One-year paid experience working at a public zoo or aquarium in a hands-on animal training setting with aquatic animals or mammals, preferred. · Basic computer skills and the ability to work well in a team environment are necessary. · A minimum of open water SCUBA certification. · Must be able to interact professionally with guests, staff and aquarium volunteers to maintain a high-quality guest experience. · Must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to safely drive a variety of vehicles including but not limited to a cargo van and truck. PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 100 feet. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The position requires walking on concrete floors and climbing stairs, standing, and intervals of time outdoors in varying environmental conditions. The position requires SCUBA certification and the ability to SCUBA dive in main displays and open water for collection. An employee must also have the ability to travel by car, boat and air as needed, physically use SCUBA equipment, conduct field work in the collection and research of animals, and maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals. Must either have or be able to attain a California Driver’s License

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Please email resume to: Aquarium of the Bay
55 Francisco Street
San Francisco, CA 94133-2112

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