Aquarist(57)




Organization: Liberty Science Center
Location: Jersey City, NJ, us
Job or Internship:

 Liberty Science Center (LSC) is a major not-for-profit science center devoted to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education.  The Center’s mission is to educate and inspire interest in the sciences and encourage students to consider careers in science fields.   

Approximately 600,000 guests visit LSC annually, including some 210,000 students and teachers.  Of those, approximately 40% are low-income, underserved youth, their families and their teachers.  

 

LSC is housed in a dramatic 300,000-square foot facility near the Statue of Liberty on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson River in Liberty State Park, NJ.  It offers eight major exhibition galleries, Live Science programs, three theaters including the nation’s largest IMAX® Dome Theater, and a full service café and retail store.  Special weekend and holiday programming incorporates a wide variety of exciting experiences including meeting visiting scientists, trying out new technology, and even seeing science-related character appearances.   

 

Educators and students from across the New Jersey-New York City area are a special focus. Teachers can improve their science pedagogy or sign students up for award-winning onsite and offsite education programs.  These include classes for scientists ages 2-5, focused K-12 field trips, hands-on lab workshops, and electronic videoconferencing that ushers students into science-rich settings in real time such as surgical suites and the control room of a nuclear fusion research center.  

 

Position Overview: The Aquarist is responsible for all aspects of the care of the aquatic animal collection and related exhibits and life support systems.      

 

Major Tasks and Responsibilities:

 

  • Provide ongoing care for a large aquatic animal collection, totaling 20,000 gallons, with individual aquaria as large as 7000 gallons. Perform daily cleaning, feedings, and operation of life support systems  
  • Assist in care of balance of animal collection including herps, inverts, birds and mammals
  • Maintain an intimate knowledge of aquaria, life support system operation, inventory, animal transport, quarantine procedures, species id and compatibility, and disease recognition.
  • Maintain high exhibit quality standards and neat well-organized work areas through daily maintenance and cleaning activities.
  • Assist in the planning, and operation of all specimen collection trips, perform animal quarantine.
  • Perform labwork, including regular water quality testing and disease diagnosis.
  • Input animal care/health data and records into databases as directed
  • Procure necessary animal husbandry supplies and animal food; maintain inventories.
  • Responsible for repair and maintenance of life support equipment, including plumbing
  • Develop advanced husbandry projects such as breeding programs, delicate and/or endangered species care and experimental husbandry technique as assigned  

 

  • Maintain awareness of cutting-edge animal husbandry techniques.  Develop strong ties to other animal care facilities and organizations.    

 

Other Tasks:

 

  • Cross-train other staff, including volunteers and interns, in basic aquatic animal care
  • Participate in planning and development of new animal exhibits, life support systems and facilities.
  • Develop and maintain displays to support featured experiences and special events, as directed.     
  • Participate in programs and public activities as directed, including facility tours and lectures.
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Requirements:

Position requires a flexible schedule, weekend / holiday work and occasional emergency response.

 

Experience/Qualifications:

At least one year of advanced husbandry experience is required.  This may be in the form of a position at a public aquarium, zoo or aquaculture facility. Candidates should have thorough knowledge of aquarium exhibit maintenance and husbandry practices and life support system operation, including plumbing repair.  Must be able to work effectively in a team-oriented workplace, and with the general public. Candidates should be in good health, physically capable of standing/walking for long periods of time and possess the ability to lift and move a minimum of 50 lbs.  A valid driver's license and a certification from a recognized SCUBA training organization is required.  


Education: B.S. in biological science/life science required. M.S. in same, a plus.

 

Please apply online at www.lsc.org