Organization: Seattle Aquarium
Location: Seattle, WA, Country
Job or Internship: Job
Reports to: Associate Curator of Mammals and Birds
Hours of Work: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays
Dated Needed: ASAP
Posting Expires: November 10, 2013
About the Seattle Aquarium: The Seattle Aquarium is nonprofit, 501© (3), owned by the City of Seattle. The Aquarium currently serves over 825,000 visitors and 50,000 school children and their teachers annually. Guided by the mission of Inspiring Conservation of our Marine Environment, the Seattle Aquarium has a realistic plan for phased growth based on record-setting attendance, membership and fundraising growth, an energized Board of Directors and professional management. The current annual budget is $12 million.
Life Sciences Division: The Animal Care Technician is responsible for assigned husbandry duties for the Seattle Aquarium’s (SEAQ’s) animal collection. This position will be working in the SEAQ’s Bird and Mammal Department caring for; sea otters, harbor seals, northern fur seals, North American river otters, various alcids and shorebirds, and the fish and invertebrates which inhabit the bird exhibits.
Primary Responsibilities: Responsible for all aspects of the care and management of the SEAQ’s bird and mammal collection including but not limited to:
• Prepare, store and distribute food according to established amounts, types and diets; monitor feeding habits and report any changes or abnormalities.
• Observe animals and evaluate behavior to determine physical and behavioral health and well-being.
• Clean and perform routine maintenance and minor repair of animal exhibits and holding areas to assure the health of animals and the presentation of the species in an attractive environment. Monitor water quality to keep aquatic animals in a healthy condition.
• Work directly with veterinarian to administer medications and treatments according to established procedures and veterinary instructions. Provide assistance in handling or restraining animals in accordance with established safety procedures as necessary to ensure animal welfare.
• Apply operant conditioning techniques and principles with an emphasis on positive reinforcement as described in the SEAQ Animal Training Manual to condition a variety of medical, natural and exercise behaviors. Design and maintain behavioral plans for each animal to include descriptions of training approximations and behavioral criteria.
• Design, implement, evaluate and document, a variety of stimulating objects, activities and situations for the animal collection as described in the SEAQ Enrichment Manual to provide mental and physical stimulation and encourage natural behavior patterns.
• Maintain records and reports regarding assigned species including daily veterinary reports, training and enrichment records, food consumption records and other reports specific to the assigned area.
• Possess public speaking skills necessary to interpret natural history and conservation issues effectively with the public in both formal (on microphone) and informal settings. Assist SEAQ Education/Visitor Engagement Staff in message development. Participate in associated education initiatives and events.
• Represent the Seattle Aquarium with media as assigned.
• Train, coordinate and supervise the work of animal care volunteers, interns and temporary animal care personnel by identifying, assigning, and monitoring tasks and evaluating their work.
• Work as part of the bird and mammal animal care team to maintain a comprehensive programmatic manual and all accompanying standard operating procedures and pertinent policies.
• Be familiar with the Animal Welfare Act and all USDA/APHIS regulations pertaining to public display of marine mammals. Ensure compliance with all necessary AZA accreditation standards.
• Act as role model for compliance with all SEAQ safety protocols.
• Assure the safety of animals, employees and the visiting public from injury or mishap.
• Perform emergency first aid and CPR as needed and according to established guidelines.
• Assist the Curator and Associate Curator with the acquisition and disposition of new animals including permitting, coordinating and executing safe transport, quarantine, acclimation and introduction.
• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
• Serve as a customer service liaison through daily contacts with visitors providing information and answering questions.
• Perform in the role of individual species Program Advisor as assigned.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Skills, Abilities and Other Requirements:
• Add, subtract, multiply and divide quickly and accurately.
• Strong interpersonal, collaboration, team-building skills, share responsibilities and perform assignments in concert with the team’s efforts.
• Must possess organizational skills, be self-motivated, and communicate effectively orally and writing. Ability to use various computer software products: MS Word, Excel, and population management software.
• Must have or be able to obtain a Washington State Driver’s License.
• Ability to use fall restraint equipment, respirators and other appropriate safety gear, work in confined spaces.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.
• In order to assess animal health and cleanliness of facility and habitat, specific vision abilities are required including, but not limited to, close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, contrast and the ability to adjust focus. Indoors and out in all weather conditions.
• Must be able to swim.
• CPR/First Aid Certified
• Requires handling, working with or exposure to large, dangerous animals, animal diseases, feces, and toxic chemicals.
• Occasionally required to lift more than 50 pounds.
• Must be able to be on their feet 6 or more hours a day, be active through all physical motions.
• Required to work outdoors year round, near water, on wet and slippery surfaces and at heights.
• Possess coordination and dexterity necessary to ascend and descend rocky exhibits with animals still on display while carrying containers of food, enrichment items and/or vet supplies.
• Must be willing to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays and an occasional 24-hour emergency call.
Education and Experience:
• BA/BS Degree in biology, marine biology, animal behavior, psychology or related field required. We may consider an equivalent combination of education and experience in lieu of degree.
• Minimum of one year of experience involving the care and husbandry of animals in a zoo, aquarium, or related environment.
• At least six months of animal care experience at an AZA accredited facility.
Salary and Benefits: Salary DOE. This is a full time hour/non-exempt position. Comprehensive benefits package includes: medical, dental with family coverage available, Short and Long term disability, Life Insurance, 403b retirement and generous paid time off.
How to Apply: Please send resume, including salary expectations, along with a letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Must be able to pass a thorough background check to be considered for employment.
Application review will begin immediately.