Aquarist (65)

Organization: Coral World Ocean Park
Location: St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, us
Job or Internship: Job

Job Title:  Aquarist
FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt
Reports to:  Assistant Curator of Exhibits and Curator

Job Summary:  Animal Care Specialists are responsible for animal exhibits and public programs.

Duties and Responsibilities: (Including but not limited to)

Public Programs:
Present information about the exhibit animal during formal scheduled talks. Engage guests in informal discussions about the exhibits and answer questions.  Animal Care Specialists are expected to bring biological information to the guests that they have learned both inside and outside of Coral World.  

Give tours and answer questions for special events.

Perform feeding shows in all of the exhibits, including diving in closed exhibits and the open sea, handling juvenile nurse sharks and hand-feeding sharks.

Animal Care Specialists must be certified divers with extensive diving experience. Diving is a fundamental skill used in carrying out may of the daily responsibilities.

Exhibit Construction:
Assist in the construction of new exhibits.  Animal Care Specialists are expected to have or learn basic carpentry and plumbing skills and display problem-solving ability.  Take responsibility for maintenance of health and appearance of one or more exhibits in the park.  This includes daily vacuuming of exhibits, algae scraping of windows and backgrounds, inventory and observation of animal health.  Long-term maintenance also includes polishing acrylic windows, repairing leaks, upgrading and repairing plumbing, installing and maintaining exhibit lighting.

Animal Husbandry:
Food Preparation
Disease Identification and Management
Quarantine of New Animals
Placement of animals in appropriate exhibit and with appropriate tank mates
Brine Shrimp culture and collection of live mysid shrimp

Life Support System Maintenance:
Have an understanding of the life support system supplying the exhibits.  Develop the skills to trouble-shoot problems with submerged sea water pumps, plumbing and water flow,and air supply.  Install
submerged seawater pumps and remove for service.  Inspect, maintain, and install flexible hoses underwater.  Construct and maintain filters.

Collect all sand, live rock, fish, coral and other invertebrates for exhibits. Animal Care Specialists are expected to collect responsibly with minimal impact to the environment and to the animals being collected and to follow permit guidelines set by DFW.  Animal Care Specialists should have working knowledge of fish transport, quarantine,and disease-control procedures.

General Skills/Knowledge/Work Experience/Education/Certification/License:


  • Degree in Marine Biology or relevant field
  • Open Water Dive Certification
  • Extensive Dive Experience
  • Knowledge of fish diseases
  • Must be physically able to lift heavy equipment
  • Maintenance of exhibits, i.e. clean scrape windows

Special Requirements:

·        Must be willing to work overtime, holidays, and weekends as requested by manager.

·        Must be a team player and be able to get along with others.



Please Note:  This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only tasks to be performed by this position. This position will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job related tasks as requested by their supervisor and/or manager.


Contact Information

Valissa M. Hodge, Office/Human Resources Manager

Coral World Ocean Park

6450 Estate Smith Bay

St.Thomas, USVI 00802