Aquarist I

Organization: Texas State Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Essential Functions

• Responsible for operation of assigned exhibit area.

• Clean and maintain assigned exhibits.

• Observe animal behavior and report unusual/abnormal behavior to supervisor.

• Prepare animal diets and feed according to established procedures.

• Responsible for the day to day maintenance of LSS system and water quality perimeters in assigned area.

• May be responsible for other exhibits on staff days off.

• Maintain records of animal behavior, medications, and related data for assigned area.

• Make necessary water quality adjustments in assigned areas.

• May enter exhibits by use of scuba equipment to clean exhibitry, provide animal care, and/or feed.

• May supervise volunteers in primary areas of responsibility.

• Follow guidelines stated in the Texas State Aquarium’s federal and state permits.

• May collect with senior staff.

• May assist in design and set-up of exhibit displays.

• Make presentations to the public, both within the Aquarium and at other sites, regarding animal matters.

• Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of the wet area.

• Assist senior staff in animal restraint and veterinary procedures.

• Abide by all TSA Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Employee Manual


• Knowledge of the maintenance of fish and marine invertebrates in captivity.

• Knowledge of salt water chemistry.

• Knowledge of local marine life.

• Knowledge of life support equipment, application, and operation.

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to precisely follow complex instructions provided both verbally and in writing.

• Ability to use data processing equipment, i.e. keyboard, printer.

• Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays as required, including the ability to work a rotating shift as assigned.


Any combination of education and experience which would likely produce the required knowledge, skills and abilities; Bachelor’s degree in marine biology, chemistry or related is preferred. One year of experience in a public aquarium/zoo.


• Valid Texas driver's license and an insurable driving record

• Open water diving certification, or the ability to complete open water dive training as assigned


Protein skimmers

Hach Dr 2700

Centrifugal pumps


Bio/Mechanical filtration

Dive equipment

Chiller units

Hand and power tools


Work is performed both in- and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds, walk, stoop, bend, reach, and to perform strenuous duties while both in and out of water is required. Subject to bites and stings by animals.

Benefits include, but are not limited to, medical coverage, retirement plan, and vacation/holiday leave. The Texas State Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace.

Please complete a Texas State Aquarium online application process available at our website at under Employment.