Exhibitry Specialist

Organization: The Living Planet Aquarium
Location: Sandy , UT, us
Job or Internship: Job
Website: www.thelivingplanet.com

Position Summary:
The primary responsibilities of the Exhibitry Specialist at The Living Planet Aquarium are the design and fabrication of live animal exhibits. This position will focus on ensuring TLPA’s live animal exhibits/habitats are aesthetically pleasing, functional for husbandry staff to maintain, and appropriate for the animals that live within them. The Exhibitry Specialist will be primarily responsible for leading, managing, and training a team of temporary workers to ensure our timelines are met so our new aquarium can open on schedule in December 2013. After opening day, this position may take on a lead role in exhibit upgrades and the creation of seasonal, changing, and specialty exhibitions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Create naturalistic, aesthetically pleasing, and safe animal habitats using materials including but not limited to fiberglass, acrylic, cement and epoxy.
2. Select and maintain lighting systems of all types for live animal exhibits, with an emphasis on LED and other “green” technologies.
3. Maintain a safe working environment, for people and animals.
4. Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
5. Update/create policies and protocols as needed.
6. Participate in the construction and care of exhibit life support systems, including routine preventative maintenance on equipment, as needed.
7. Provide occasional coverage for husbandry staff as assigned.
8. Ensure all work areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free.
9. Act as a first level of supervision for the assigned area: help ensure all staff acts in a cohesive manner; help ensure procedures are being followed; recommend necessary disciplinary actions to Curator of Animals; ensure sufficient staffing levels each day.
10. Coach, motivate and instruct staff and volunteers in all areas, not just the assigned.
11. Ensure commonly used supplies are stocked, order as instructed by the Curator of Animals.

Qualifications Necessary to Perform the Job:
An Exhibit Specialist must have previous exposure to aquariums and/or zoos and a background related to living organisms. Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for construction methods including fiberglass, acrylic, cement, and epoxy is essential. Exhibit Specialists must demonstrate a basic understanding of animal husbandry as it affects the construction of exhibitry; knowledge and skills for minor carpentry, plumbing, and painting; strength and endurance to perform physical demands of essential job functions with or without accommodation; and possess or be able to acquire a valid Utah driver’s license. An artistic flair is essential. Exhibit Specialists must demonstrate an ability to stay organized, be self-motivated, and demonstrate superb team-building skills with an ability to instill a positive and productive attitude in others. Experience managing small teams is a requirement. Some horticulture experience and/or knowledge would be an asset.

If selected for an interview, be prepared to provide a portfolio showing some of your work.

A B.A. or B.S. is required with an emphasis on biology or science course work. High level hands on work experience/knowledge may be considered in the absence of a degree.

Physical Demands of the Job: This job requires extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 100 lbs.

Supervisory Responsibilities (If Applicable): A leader by example on the floor, the Exhibit Specialist is in charge of all staff and volunteers helping with assigned projects.

Special Working Conditions: Working with and around potentially dangerous chemicals, animals, and power tools.

This Position Is: Non-Exempt, Full Time

While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities for this job at any time.

• Contact name, phone, and email address for more information, if applicable: Andy Allison, 801-355-3474 ext 205, andy.a@thelivingplanet.com
• instructions for sending applications with mailing address, fax, and email address as appropriate: Submit resume and cover letter to hr@thelivingplanet.com, open until filled so apply asap