Herpetologist




Organization: Mystic Aquarium/Sea Research Foundation (AZA Member)
Location: Mystic, CT, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Position: Herpetologist 2/19/2013 RC/DH

Department: Fish & Invertebrates

Immediate Supervisor: Senior Medical Aquarist/Supervisor of Fish & Invertebrates

Curator of Fish & Invertebrates

Employment Classification: Full-time, Non-exempt

JOB SUMMARY: The primary responsibilities of this position are to maintain facility standards and expectations for the appearance and upkeep of assigned exhibits, their associated life support systems, and the care of assigned animals. The herpetologist will be assigned to specific areas within the aquarium and can also be called upon for other areas. While this position has a primary focus on reptiles, invertebrates and amphibians the expectation is to have the knowledge to back up or support fish aquarium systems as needed.

Qualifications Necessary to Perform the Job:

This position must have previous experience working with various species of reptiles and amphibians, as well as have a general background knowledge related to fish and invertebrates and their life support systems. It is preferred to have working experience within AZA guidelines for reptile and amphibians. Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining fish, invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians is essential. This position must demonstrate an understanding of the operation of equipment necessary to maintain live exhibits. Knowledge and skills with minor carpentry, plumbing, and painting is preferred. The successful applicant must have the strength and endurance to perform physical demands associated with essential job functions; with or without assistance.

Minimum Job Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree in a related discipline and experience in fish, invertebrate, reptile and amphibian husbandry and exhibition in an aquarium setting. SCUBA certification is preferred.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide daily cleaning and care of assigned exhibits and life support systems; ensure daily check

sheets are up to date.

Feed animals according to established feed schedules, recommend changes as necessary.

Perform daily visual health assessments on all animals; report any unusual health concerns

Immediately to the Senior Medical Aquarist, Supervisor, and Curator.

Work with the Senior Medical Aquarist and veterinarian team to maintain high animal care standards.

Assist with policy and protocol development as needed.

Maintain appropriate record keeping, daily care, husbandry requirements, and acquisition/disposition.

Participate in the construction and care of exhibit life support systems, including routine preventative maintenance on equipment.

Provide alternate coverage for other aquarists as assigned.

Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free.

Perform weekly animal behavioral training.

SCUBA certification strongly preferred for maintenance dives within the main gallery.

Respond to emergency calls (if on duty).

Work in cooperation and coordination with all other institutional departments.

Maintain current up to date knowledge on biology, ecology, and husbandry of all animals being cared for.

Work cooperatively with volunteers to ensure exhibit cleanliness, both inside and in surrounding areas.

Familiarity with the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure a safe working environment all times.

Participates in Aquarium related education, PR and membership programs including facility tours.

Perform all other duties as assigned by area supervisor or curator.

Please visit our website at www.mysticaquarium.org or submitt your resume to humanresource@mysticaquarium.org