Aquatic Keeper (Full-time)

Organization: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (AZA Member)
Location: Tucson, AZ, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Located in Tucson Mountain Park, just outside of Saguaro National Park (West), the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. Exhibits recreate the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert region. Within the Museum grounds there are more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost two miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert. We are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and are a member of the American Public Gardens Association and the American Association of Museums.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s Department of Herpetology, Ichthyology & Invertebrate Zoology is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join our team. The successful candidate will have strong knowledge and experience in aquatic systems; both saltwater and freshwater (70% of the position). Basic knowledge and husbandry specific to herpetology and invertebrate zoology are highly desirable (30% of the position). Must be comfortable with presenting lectures to the public. Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region is beneficial. The successful candidate is expected to continue to seek and acquire education/knowledge in several fields. Must be able to work weekends and holidays as required. Must be a quick learner and a self-starter, requiring little supervision. Must be team oriented and have a demonstrated history of being courteous, sensitive and respectful.

Further details of essential duties and responsibilities along with an outline of additional qualifications can be found within the position description available on ASDM's job page. A link can be found under the "Application Process" heading below.


Associate’s degree or equivalent from a two-year college or technical school and at least two years’ work experience (preferably paid) in an AZA-accredited facility; or equivalent combination of education and experience required. Must be able to lift and carry 50 lbs.


This is a full-time, Bargaining Unit position. Initial Step: $13.64/hr.

The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Process:

To view a more complete description and list of requirements; and to apply for this position, please visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s job page at:

This position was opened on October 15, 2013, and will remain open until filled.