Aquarist II/I




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

Aquarist II

• Provide primary care and maintenance of assigned exhibits.

• Observe and report unusual/abnormal animal behavior to senior staff.

• Prepare animal diets and feed according to established procedures.

• Perform life support maintenance on all systems with 2” or less PVC.

• Maintain responsibility for the day-to-day maintenance of water quality parameters in assigned area.

• Make necessary water quality adjustments in assigned areas.

• Clean, maintain, store and order utensils and equipment in areas of responsibility.

• Order supplies for areas of responsibility under $200.

• Maintain records of animal behavior, medications, and related data for assigned area.

• Enter data into electronic Keeper Daily Reports.

• Assist in the planning/administration of quarantine schedules and treatments.

• Assist in the diagnosis of aquatic diseases.

• Enter exhibits by use of SCUBA equipment to clean exhibitry, provide animal care, and/or feed.

• Participate in aquatic animal collection.

• Assist with the development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures in assigned work areas.

• Assist in design and set-up of displays.

• Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of the wet area.

• Deliver daily programs, as well as off-site presentations.

• Plan and direct the work of volunteers in primary areas of responsibility. Communicate procedures and work duties to support staff when absent.

• 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.

Aquarist I

• Responsible for operation of assigned exhibit area(s).

• Clean and maintain assigned exhibits.

• Observe animal behavior and report unusual/abnormal behavior to supervisor.

• Prepare animal diets and feed according to established procedures.

• Responsible for the day to day maintenance of life support systems and water quality perimeters in assigned area.

• Provide relief coverage in all Fish/Herp areas.

• Perform water chemistry analysis and successfully interpret results.

• Ability to identify species in the collection and understand the taxonomy of those species.

• Maintain records of animal behavior, medications, and related data for assigned area.

• Enter data into electronic Keeper Daily Reports.

• Assist senior staff in animal restraint and veterinary procedures.

• Enter exhibits by use of SCUBA equipment to clean exhibitry, provide animal care, and/or feed.

• Participate in aquatic animal collecting.

• Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of the wet area.

• Deliver daily programs, as well as off-site presentations.

• Plan and direct the work of volunteers in primary areas of responsibility. Communicate procedures and work duties to support staff when absent.

• 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.

Aquarist II

Knowledge/Skills

• Working knowledge and experience pertaining to the husbandry of aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates.

• Working knowledge of reptile and amphibian husbandry.

• Working knowledge of the operation and maintenance of life support systems.

• Working knowledge and experience in aquaria and natural water chemistry.

• Knowledge pertaining to animal record keeping standards.

• Knowledge of veterinary terminology and basic veterinary procedures.

• Experience in the transportation of aquatic animals.

• Skills in public speaking, programming and media.

• Ability to create and present educational live animal programs.

• 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/Experience

Any combination of education and experience which would likely produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities; Bachelor’s degree in marine biology or related field is preferred. A minimum of three years paid experience working with reptiles and amphibians, and/or fish and marine invertebrates is required.

Aquarist I

Knowledge/Skills

• Basic knowledge pertaining to the husbandry of aquatic vertebrates and invertebrates.

• Basic knowledge of reptile and amphibian husbandry.

• Basic knowledge of the operation and maintenance of life support systems.

• Basic knowledge of aquaria and natural water chemistry.

• Knowledge of local marine life.

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to precisely follow complex instructions provided both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays as required, including the ability to work a rotating shift as assigned.

Education/Experience

Any combination of education and experience which would likely produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities; Bachelor’s degree in marine biology, chemistry or related field is preferred. One year of animal husbandry experience required, preferably in a zoo/aquarium setting.