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Organization: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden (AZA Member)
Location: Columbia, SC, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is recruiting a full-time Aquarist to work in our Aquarium Reptile Complex. The aquarium collection at Riverbanks Zoo includes over 75,000 gallons of aquatic exhibits, which consist of animals and plants from native freshwater, South American and Australian freshwater, mostly Pacific tropical saltwater and Pacific cold saltwater, and a few Atlantic tropical exhibits. Over a thousand fish and invertebrates are represented in a collection made up of several hundred species. The strength of the collection lies in its diversity, animal health, and rich trophic level approach to exhibitry. The Aquarist reports to the Senior Aquarist and the Aquarium Supervisor.

Duties: Under general supervision, is responsible for the proper care of Riverbanks' fishes, aquatic invertebrates, and aquarium plants. Feeds aquarium life, maintains and assists with design and construction of exhibits, works with veterinary staff and department supervisors to monitor and treat diseases. Monitors and manipulates water quality through the use of water chemistry. Inspects and evaluates the condition of exhibits and life support to determine and/or participate in necessary repairs and modifications. Performs diving duties and demonstrations. Participates in the development and delivery of interpretive programs, including public speaking and direct interaction with Riverbanks guests. May be involved in various AZA, conservation, and other professional activities.

Requirements: Associate's degree in Biological Sciences, Bachelors’ Degree preferred. Two to three years of experience as an Aquarist or other Animal Keeper; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Must hold valid SCUBA certification. Must possess or be eligible for a valid SC driver's license.

Riverbanks Zoo & Garden is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The compensation for this position is $11.52 per hour plus an excellent benefits package. Learn more about Riverbanks and these benefits by visiting