Organization: The Houston Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Houston Zoo Inc. is searching for motivated individuals to add to its Aquarium staff. The Aquarist position is responsible for exhibit maintenance and animal husbandry of a wide range of fishes and invertebrates. Areas of responsibility will include but are not limited to the observation of animals, maintenance of exhibits, backup areas and quarantine systems, disease diagnosis and treatment, exhibit aesthetics, food preparation and feeding, water quality monitoring, life support systems maintenance, proper housekeeping in support areas, input on the acquisition of specimens, design and construction of exhibits, and the entry of animal records data. Input with the development of exhibit and husbandry programs. Aquarists are expected to interact with the Zoo guests through daily keeper chats and believe in the value of diversity and be respectful of other team members. The Aquarist position will work with others to provide the Zoo guests with the highest quality experience. RESPONSIBILITIES:-Observes and evaluates animal condition, behavior and responses and communicates observations orally and on written reports.-Prepares and feeds appropriate diets, noting conformance of foods provided to diets prescribed for each animal.-Administers prescribed medications and dietary supplements and monitors food and medicine consumption. -Checks on integrity of enclosures and structures, ensuring safety and welfare of animals, zoo visitors, and staff in accordance with established guidelines.-Monitors water quality-Maintains life support systems-Assist with the acquisition of specimens-Performs minor repairs and preventative maintenance as necessary.-Maintains clean and organized exhibits, equipment, and keeper areas. -Improves the quality of life of the animal collection by providing environmental and behavioral enrichment opportunities.-Trains selected animals through operant conditioning for purposes of gaining cooperation for veterinary treatment and/or public demonstrations.-Installs exhibit furnishings, props, and decorations safely, attractively and in a manner consistent with zoo guidelines.-Data entry of animal recordsJOB REQUIREMENTS: EXPERIENCE:College undergraduate degree in biology or related field and at least one year of work experience in Public Aquarium is preferred. Experience at a Public aquarium or Aquatic Research facility maybe substituted for year per year of education.KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS:Candidates must be Open water SCUBA certified by National recognized training organization, and have a valid Texas Driver license or the ability to obtain one. SUPERVISION: Reports directly to the Aquarium Curator.PHYSICAL EFFORT:Candidates must be able to stand, walk and work in awkward positions for an extended period of time. Candidates must be able to lift 50-75 lbs. Requires the ability to make closely coordinated hand/eye movements within very fine tolerance and/or calibration demands; or the ability to make rapid closely coordinated hand/eye movements on a patterned response space within somewhat fine tolerance demands; or the ability to make coordinated hand/eye movements within fine tolerances with large equipment as an extension of the worker.WORK ENVIRONMENT:Candidates can be expected to work in less than optimum outside weather conditions. There are routine exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position may involve exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns.PUBLIC CONTACT:Frequent public contact and extensive interaction with vendors, requiring considerable interpersonal skill and a high degree of customer service.TO APPLY, please email your resume to with the position title in the subject line.