Organization: Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Job or Internship: Job
The City of Virginia Beach Department of Museums & Historic Resources is seeking a motivated, creative, and skilled aquarist to fill an aquarist position currently open at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
EXHIBIT TECHNICIAN I-Aquarist
Requirements: High school or GED plus four (4) years experience in fields such as museum, aquarium or science center exhibits work that provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Duties: Provides for the needs of all animals in assigned area by doing regular daily
feedings, maintaining water quality through operation of individual life support systems and
administering treatments as directed by curatorial and veterinarian staff; maintains exhibit quality
standards through regular maintenance and cleaning activities; keeps work area clean and
organized and reports mechanical failures to supervisors in a timely way; keeps service areas
clean, neat and well organized; keeps accurate records on all husbandry, training and water
testing activities including daily care, animal health maintenance and observations,
acquisition/disposition and moralities; participates in collecting activities when directed;
researches and suggests upgrades, enhancements and changes to exhibit and life support
systems to Curator; assists in the design and construction of new exhibits and life support systems; and cross-trains with other staff within the Fishes section. Participates in SCUBA diving operations for the purposes of collecting, exhibit maintenance, and animal husbandry related procedures. When directed, participates in Aquarium related programs including facility tours and lectures. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Preferences: Bachelor’s degree in biology/marine biology or related field; 4 years fulltime experience in husbandry or culturing within a public aquarium; SCUBA certification and advanced experience with SCUBA in closed system and open water situations; advanced experience in marine large systems husbandry and maintenance; experience with husbandry of fishes, inverts and aquatic/marine reptiles; experience in the collection, (simple gear- seine nets, dip nets, and SCUBA) transport, shipping, and quarantine of subtropical and tropical marine fish and invertebrates for a public aquarium, museum or science center strongly preferred. Behavioral training experience a plus. Life support design and construction experience strongly preferred. Demonstrated ability to work independently and to manage task prioritization with little supervision. Knowledge of AZA standards and best practices. Time management, resource coordination and project development/management experience strongly preferred.
For requirements and online application instructions, please visit www.vbgov.com/dept/hr/careers . Interested candidates may apply at www.vbcareers4gov.com. EEO