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Director of Aquatics

Organization: California Science Center Foundation (AZA Member)
Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The California Science Center is the West Coast's largest hands-on science center! The California Science Center is presently accepting resumes for the full-time position of Director of Aquatics.

The Director of Aquatics is responsible for the appearance and operation of all assigned exhibits and support areas, including providing proper husbandry for the aquatic collection and non-aquatic living collection such as desert reptiles, mammals, and invertebrates, acquiring new specimens, maintaining an inventory of the collection, and monitoring dietary habits of the animals. The Director oversees a diverse team of professionals and volunteers, participates in educational programs related to the department and addresses scientific topics as required.


•MBA or Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Zoology, Marine Science, or related field required.

•5+ years minimum supervisory / managerial experience at an aquarium with life support systems, preferably at an AZA accredited institution required.

•10+ years minimum in Husbandry role.

•Certified AAUS diver with vast diving experience including tank diving and open Ocean diving.

•Capable of running various aquatic tanks and collecting fish, as well as possessing a strong working knowledge of fish and marine invertebrate husbandry.

•Able to dive 4 hours per day and up to 20 hours per week.

•Ability to walk ½ mile in full dive gear as well as to lift 80 pounds and pass annual physical examination.

•Demonstrated knowledge of budget preparation and control; planning and acquisition of aquatic specimens; and operational characteristics, services, and activities of an aquarium program.

•Demonstrated knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances as applicable to possessing native and exotic wild animals.

•Understanding of modern principles and practices of aquarium building and design highly desirable.

•Knowledge of fish and other marine life of the Pacific Coast highly desirable.

•Experience captaining boats and full knowledge of boating safety.

•Knowledge of carpentry, plumbing, and painting methods.

•Strong public speaking skills with experience providing formal lecture and educational presentations.

•Strong organizational with strong planning skills and attention to detail.

•Excellent written and oral communication essential.

•Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include weekends and holidays.


•Responsible for the supervision of the Husbandry staff and Dive staff and for overseeing the care and management of all the Living Collections and Wildlife Collecting.

•Collects marine specimens through organization of trades/loans/purchases with other aquatic institutions, or as necessary.

•Implements Federal, State, and Local agency laws, regulations, codes, and ordinances, as well as adhering to AZA guidelines.

•Develops and implements policies and procedures related to aquatic collection husbandry.

•Supervises and manages daily routines of water quality testing, feeding regimes, life support systems maintenance, record-keeping, and health assessments of Living Collections.

•Manages and directs a diverse staff of employees and volunteers as well as participate in the selection and training of aquatic and dive staff.

•Participates in the development and administration of department’s annual operating budget.

•Procures supplies and equipment and make recommendations for necessary contractual services.

•Leads educational programs as required (presentations, lectures, tours, media spots, etc.)

•Occasionally travel on short notice and for extended periods as required to meet with other zoological professionals, to collect specimens, and/or to transfer animals.

•Attends and participate in professional group meetings and conferences to stay up to date of new trends and innovations within the field.

•Serves as active member of the California Science Center Diving Control Board.

•Contributes to the mission of the California Science Center by stimulating curiosity and inspiring science learning by creating fun, memorable experiences for the guests.

•Performs other duties as required.

Salary: $5,333.33 - $6,000.00 per month with excellent benefits plus 12 holidays per year.

Send Cover Letter, Resume and Salary History (A Must) to the HR Dept. via fax at 213-744-2673, email to, or mail to the California Science Center Foundation, H. R. Dept, 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037. No phone calls please. EOE.