Biologist I - Birds & Mammals




Organization: Adventure Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Camden, NJ, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Adventure Aquarium is a division of Herschend Family Entertainment(HFE.At HFE it is our goal to bring families closer together and to create memories worth repeating. Our Core Values – greatly exceeding guest expectations, serving others, creating emotional connections, constantly improving – give us purpose and guidance. SUMMARY:The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Curator of Birds and Mammals, Area Supervisor and/or Director of Husbandry in carrying out the operations of the mammal, reptile and avian exhibits of the aquarium. This includes all aspects of animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance and holding area management. The position will participate in and assist with the development of the mammal and bird training program, which will consist of behavioral demonstrations presented to the public on a scheduled basis by the trainers. The position will also be responsible for maintaining organized written records pertaining to health, feeding, water quality and behavioral observations.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:• As a member of the Husbandry team, you will lead by example by being patient, kind, humble, respectful, selfless, forgiving, honest and committed when interacting with one another and guests. • Provides for the needs of all animals related to the bird, mammal and reptile collection-West African River Experience, Penguin Island, and Up-Close Program Animals, by doing exhibit cleaning and holding system maintenance, diet preparation and feeding, and enrichment.• Presents daily shows and presentations for the public.• Maintains records pertaining to feeding, water quality analysis, behavioral observations, training activities and medical procedures.• Maintains exhibit quality standards through regular maintenance and cleaning activities.• Cooperates with Animal Health Services staff for animal health issues, treatments, and veterinary procedures. • Keeps work area clean and organized and reports mechanical failures to supervisors in a timely way.• Assists in collecting and other Husbandry department activities when needed.• Participate in Aquarium related education, public relations and membership programs including facility tours and lectures.• Comply with safety and security directives, policies and procedures.• At the direction of supervisors, interact with and respond to public/media requests for information. Participates in Aquarium related education, public relations and membership programs including facility tours and lectures.• Assist in collecting and other Husbandry department activities when needed.• Cross-trains with other staff within Husbandry and Animal Health Services.• Comply with safety and security directives, policies and procedures.• This position has been identified as Safety Critical with authorized operator requirements.• Performs other related duties as assigned.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:• Bachelor’s Degree in biology or a related field is required (3-4 years of full time mammal or avian training experience at a zoo or aquarium may be considered in lieu of a degree) with specific of knowledge animal husbandry and behavioral conditioning.• 1 1/2 years (4-5 years without a degree) of experience working with animals in a zoo or aquarium setting is required. Emphasis should be on animal care and exhibit and holding area maintenance. Must have demonstrated discipline and have a history of a consistently high degree of work quality.• SCUBA certification or the ability to complete SCUBA certification within 3 months of start date.• Ability to pass a pre-employment swim test.• A valid driver's license with a good driving record.• Ability to work a flexible schedule which will include weekends and/or evenings and holidays.• Ability to travel when necessary, usually not to exceed four weeks at one time.• Ability to respond to emergencies on an on call basis.PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:• Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening and SCUBA diving physical.• In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor.• No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work.• Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop.• Ability to work in all weather conditions.• No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.• Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds.• Immunocompetence (possible exposure to infections and parasitic disease).Note: Position will involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species, and potential dangerous machinery, restraint devices and toxic chemicals and/or drugs. Occasional use of protective clothing or equipment is required. (e.g. goggles, mask, gloves, and gowns)YOU CAN EXPECT:You can expect to work on projects that have never been done before – ideas that are unproven, and concepts that make people smile. You can expect to have fun and be treated with respect the minute you start…and through to the end. You can expect to work in an environment that is highly innovative and low in politics – truthful and filled with smart people!And most of all, you can expect to work hard and make a difference in our world by helping to bring families closer together.Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to bdhr@adventureaquarium.com.We offer a complete benefit package and free parking.