Husbandry Supervisor, Aquatic

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

The Husbandry Supervisor under the direction of the Director of Husbandry is responsible for the daily oversight of all aquatic collections and exhibits including the supervision of staff and volunteers in the Husbandry areas. Daily responsibilities may include scheduling, project management, human resources tasks, budgeting, procurement, timekeeping, prepping food, diving in the tank to clean, feed, and observe animals and on other administrative duties as well as facilitating educational opportunities for guests.


•Works in collaboration with the Director of Aquatics to establish best practices based on industry standards to fulfill these major job responsibilities.

•Serves as a supervisor for all Husbandry staff in the absence of other supervisors to facilitate the proper operation of the department and ensure the highest level of husbandry to the living collections.

•Responsible for the husbandry of aquatic living collections which may include marine and freshwater fish, invertebrates, plants, and algae.

•Daily Husbandry responsibilities may include; cleaning animal areas, diving tanks, prepping and feeding food, observing animals, and treating any injured/diseased individuals as necessary. Administrative duties may include; scheduling, project management, human resources tasks, budgeting, procurement, timekeeping, and other administrative duties as well as facilitating educational opportunities for guests.

•Oversee and implement feeding regimes (designed by Vet/Director), behavioral enrichment, health assessments, record keeping and exhibit maintenance and design updates to the living environments.

•Recommends and implements policies, protocol and procedures related to animal collection husbandry.

•Responsible for supervising, evaluating, and counseling assigned staff and volunteers. Fosters team approach, effective two-way communication, and a collaborative spirit.

•Responsible for administrative duties relating to supervising staff, including scheduling and time-card approval, workers’ compensation paperwork, and training documentation. Participate in the hiring and development of husbandry staff.

•Assists the DSO/Director to plan and participate in collecting trips for new/supplemental aquatic specimens and completing all necessary paperwork and permitting in conjunction with the Living Species Coordinator.

•Assists in identifying and safely transporting specimens to the California Science Center through organization of trades/loans/purchases with other zoological institutions, or as necessary, through collecting trips.

•Works in conjunction with the Living Species Coordinator for animal documentation, inventory, AZA requirements, and other supervisory responsibilities.

•Assists in ensuring compliance with Federal, State and Local agency laws, regulations, codes and ordinances as well as AZA guidelines. Other responsibilities like Permits, AZA Documentation, Diet and Logging intake/output, Veterinary care and miscellaneous projects as assigned.

•Procures husbandry supplies and equipment and make recommendations for necessary contractual services. Works with both department Director and Veterinarian to ensure procurements meet our needs and requirements.

•Travels for collecting, industry research, trade shows, and educational opportunities and as assigned.

•Responsible for caring for living collections in any and all emergency conditions.

•Practices safety first work habits (animal/staff/volunteers/guest) while maintaining the husbandry of the living collection at the highest level.

•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.


•Bachelors degree in Biology, Fisheries, Zoology or related field required OR equivalent experience.

•5+ years experience with 3+ years in a supervisory role in the husbandry and display of aquatic organisms required, preferably at an AZA accredited institution.

•Knowledge of nutrition, disease, and identification of fish and invertebrates. Specific knowledge of temperate Pacific and tropical ecosystems highly desirable.

•Knowledge of water quality as it relates to the health and husbandry of aquatic species.

•Experience with husbandry of non-aquatic organisms (birds/mammals/herbivores/insects) preferred.

•Must be a certified SCUBA diver and certified Scientific Diver (or able to complete AAUS Scientific Diver training within 6 months of hire).

•Must be able to pass annual dive physical requirements.

•Ability to work effectively in wet conditions indoors and out as well as inclement weather.

•Experience with vessel trailer transport, vessel launching, boat operations and boating safety/emergency procedures preferred.

•Experience collecting marine organisms and knowledge of various collecting methods as well as successfully transporting aquatic organisms is preferred.

•Knowledge of safe animal handling practices and maintaining a safe working environment.

•Knowledge of modern principles and practices in a public aquarium setting.

•Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, kneel, bend, crouch, squat, and stand for extended periods of time.

•Experience supervising a diverse group of volunteers is strongly preferred.

•Excellent computer (MS Office programs such as Excel, Word, and Outlook) and organizational skills. Experience with Tracks record-keeping system highly preferred.

•Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

•Must work a flexible schedule which includes weekends and holidays as required.

SALARY: $50,000 - $55,000 per year plus excellent benefits

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.