Organization: Golden Nugget Casino
Location: Las Vegas, NV, us
Job or Internship:
Golden Nugget Casino, located in downtown Las Vegas, houses a 200,000 gallon shark tank in the center of our swimming pool, as well as a 75,000 gallon tropical marine
exhibit in the center of a restaurant. We are currently seeking a Curator to manage the Life Sciences team and the animal collection. DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:
Manage the animal collection; including over-all husbandry, animal exhibits, life support
systems, and associated programs. Responsible for all animal acquisitions. Supervise Life
Sciences staff. Manage policies and procedures within Department. POSITION REQUIREMENTS
• High School diploma or equivalent.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, or related field with relevant course work (related work experience may be substituted).
• Minimum of five years zoological experience with fish and sharks.
• A minimum of three years supervisory experience.
• Complete knowledge of all phases of animal husbandry programs, systems design, physical life support operations, and exhibit design and display techniques.
• Thorough knowledge of the principles of zoology and biology.
• Advanced level of S.C.U.B.A. diving training and must be able to dive on a daily basis.
• Current member of professional organizations (AZA preferred).
• Proficient in a variety of computer software applications.
• Must represent Golden Nugget in a professional manner with all guests. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Divemaster license from nationally recognized S.C.U.B.A. agency.
• Previous experience as facility Dive Safety Officer.
• Certified to repair and maintain dive equipment.
• AALSO life support operator accreditation.
• Proven knowledge in identification and treatment of fish diseases, necropsy, and diagnosis.
• Experience with public dive programs.
• Minimum of 100 logged dives. WORKING CONDITIONS
Subject to possibility of bites and stings. Work and swim in fresh and/or saltwater, both man-made and natural. Walking and working within a wet environment. Outdoor work on occasion, under variety of conditions: cold weather, hot weather, rain, mud, ocean environments, and dry land. Must be available to work hours outside of scheduled hours for emergency and non-emergency situations. On call 24 hours a day. MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Professional Animal Care
• Manage and schedule the daily activities within the Life Sciences Department.
• Plan and direct acquisition, display, care and breeding of the animal collection.
• Identify animal health problems and coordinate care and treatment with veterinarian.
• Oversee all animal necropsies.
• Manage and coordinate collecting trips as needed.
• Be knowledgeable in the life histories of animals in the collection. Communications
• Attend development and planning meetings including staff meetings and problem-solving meetings.
• Write reports and memos and serve as liaison to other departments on husbandry matters.
• Perform public relations functions associated with the department.
• At the direction of the Life Sciences Manager, serve as Aquarium representative to professional agencies, institutions and various committees including: aquarium operations, exhibits, research, and staff safety.
• Publish and/or present technical and general papers as requested.
• Attend professional meetings and conferences as requested.
• Communicate regularly with professional colleagues at other institutions.
• Keep the Life Sciences Manager informed of department operations and problems.
• Promote good relations with visitors, volunteers, community and staff.
• Ability to cooperate with other department managers to maintain exhibits and collection in a manner stimulating to the guests. Supervision of Personnel
• Encourage an atmosphere of professionalism among the staff.
• Work to ensure staff “ownership” of exhibits.
• Hire, train, and supervise Biologist personnel.
• Oversee staff schedules and department projects and monitor work.
• Prepare and conduct employee performance evaluations for departmental staff. Facility Maintenance
• Constantly improve animal exhibits.
• Coordinate with facility support departments for the maintenance and operations of life support systems.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager and LSS Manager to determine performance parameters of life support systems.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager and LSS manager to develop policies and procedures for all aspects of water quality and management of exhibits water systems.
• Must have strong working knowledge in and experience with Life Support Systems. Department Management
• Work closely with Veterinarian to ensure the best possible health and well being of the animal collection.
• Monitor records on water quality, and be proactive in amending problems.
• Monitor animal related records input and maintenance.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager to determine needs and make acquisition of all fishes and invertebrates for the collection.
• Conduct and supervise research projects.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager to plan and implement new exhibits.
• Coordinate purchases of food, supplies, and equipment and maintain inventories.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager to plan and implement long and short term goals for area.
• Maintain knowledge of industry innovations and new techniques.
• Acquire and dispose of collection specimens in accordance with the Acquisition/Disposition Policy.
• Coordinate International, Federal, State and Local permitting processes for specimen acquisition/disposition and oversee all related permit requirements.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager to implement capital projects within the sections.
• Serve on the Dive Safety Board (if applicable).
• Work with Life Sciences Manager to develop and review plans for graphics, technical works and publications.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager to develop and administer Life Sciences and Exhibit Operations Department budgets.
• Recruit and oversee training of LSS staff.
• Provide advice and recommendations on technical and design aspects of long range development that incorporates animal life.
• Oversee all aspects of safety within the department.
• Work with Life Sciences Manager to review, develop and enforce department policies and procedures Physical/Mental Requirements:
• Report to work location by scheduled time.
• Maintain clean, professional appearance.
• Be organized and self-motivated.
• Occasionally heavy lifting of 50 # or more
• Constantly required to swim, sit, walk, talk, hear, taste, and smell.
• Constantly must use arms/hands/fingers to reach/handle/feel in work environment.
• Constantly walking in a wet environment on uneven surfaces.
• Constantly using stairs and climbing ladders
• Constant visual acuity required. Includes close, distance, color, peripheral, depth perception and ability to focus.
• Frequently required to climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, balance, and to perform repetitive behaviors.
• Must be comfortable and able to SCUBA dive and swim with animals constantly.
• Must be able to pass SCUBA diving evaluations.
• Must be observant.
• Must work with other employees in a polite, patient manner.
• Must be willing to participate in public interaction and education.
• Must be self-motivated, organized and able to follow projects through to completion.
• Must be capable of dealing with and handling emergencies in a calm, professional manner.
Please send resume to Rob Brown at RBrown@GoldenNugget.com