Senior Aquarist(21)




Organization: Texas State Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Essential Functions• Provide primary care and maintenance of assigned exhibits. • Observe and report unusual/abnormal animal behavior to senior staff.• Coordinate raw seawater disinfection and transport to Main System, Nearshore, Tortuga Cay, and SeaLab.• Successfully plumb aquatic systems with 2” diameter PVC or less.• Make necessary water quality adjustments in assigned areas.• Assist with water quality management, and make adjustments as necessary.• Maintain records of animal behavior, medications, and related data for assigned area.• Enter data into electronic Keeper Daily Reports.• Manage the planning/administration of quarantine schedules and treatments.• Assist in the diagnosis of aquatic diseases and provide approved treatments.• Assist veterinarian during medicals rounds.• Enter exhibits by use of SCUBA equipment to clean exhibitry, provide animal care, and/or feed.• Assist with the development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures in Fish/Herp work areas.• Assist in the development of proposed exhibits and system design. • Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of the Wet Area.• Deliver daily programs, as well as off-site presentations.• Maintain responsibility for daily operations in the absence of the Curator of Fish and Herpetology and the Aquarium Supervisor.• Perform morning exhibit rounds, as assigned, and communicate assignments to staff.• Adhere to all governmental/AZA policies regarding acquisition, husbandry, records, and animal health.• Abide by all TSA Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Employee Manual.• Adhere to all TSA Animal Husbandry Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Animal Husbandry Manual.Knowledge/Skills• Advanced knowledge and experience pertaining to the husbandry of aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates. • Advanced knowledge of reptile and amphibian husbandry.• Advanced knowledge of the operation and maintenance of life support systems. • Advanced knowledge and experience in aquaria and natural water chemistry.• Working knowledge pertaining to animal record keeping standards.• Knowledge of veterinary terminology and basic veterinary procedures.• Extensive experience in the transportation of aquatic animals.• Skills in public speaking, programming and media.• Ability to create and present educational live animal programs.• Advanced knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in departmental areas.• Knowledge of USDA/APHIS and AZA regulations and standards. • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.• Ability to give and to follow complex instructions both verbally and in writing.• Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays as required, including the ability to work a rotating shift as assigned. Education/ExperienceAny combination of education and experience which would likely produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities; degree in marine biology or related field is preferred. A minimum of five years paid experience working with reptiles and amphibians, and/or fish and marine invertebrates is required.License/Certifications• Open water SCUBA certification. Valid Texas driver’s license and an insurable driving record.Tools Used:Hand and power tools Basic veterinary tools Under water pool scrubberLife support apparatuses Aquatic animal collecting equipment Under water power washerWater quality monitoring equipmentSCUBA equipment Personal computerWORKING CONDITIONS:Work is performed both in- and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds, walk, stoop, bend, reach, and to perform strenuous duties while both in and out of water is required. Subject to bites and stings by animals.Benefits include, but are not limited to, medical coverage, retirement plan, and vacation/holiday leave. The Texas State Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please complete a Texas State Aquarium online application process available at our website at www.texasstateaquarium.org under Employment.