Director of Living Collections




Organization: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Dubuque, IA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Director of Living Collection oversees all aquarium and aquatic research activities of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium which is AZA and AAM accredited, affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution and a member of the Coastal America Coastal Ecosystem network. Fresh and salt water aquariums focus on rivers and the impact of rivers on the Gulf of Mexico. The facility includes 150,000 gallons of aquatic exhibits with fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Responsibilities include management of living collections, animal acquisition and disposition, enrichment, supervision and training of six aquarist staff, managing policies and procedures within aquarist sections, exhibit aesthetics, water quality and life support systems, establishing appropriate feeding regimes, observing animal health and application of appropriate treatments or actions, assisting with exhibit design and installation, maintaining support areas, and ensuring that all records are up to date and complete. Duties also include diving duties, coordination of animal demonstration programs with education department, and collaborate with team on exhibit designs and renovations. Undergraduate Degree in Life Sciences required. Minimum five years of experience with aquatic animal care in a professional aquarium environment and four years of managerial experience supervising and leading teams and individual. Send resume to Living Collections Search Committee, 350 E. Third St., Dubuque, IA 52001.