Senior Herpetologist

Organization: Mystic Aquarium/Sea Research Foundation (AZA Member)
Location: Mystic, CT, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Department: Fish & InvertebratesImmediate Supervisor: Senior Medical Aquarist/Supervisor of Fish & InvertebratesCurator of Fish & InvertebratesEmployment Classification: Full-time, Non-exempt

SUMMARY: The primary responsibilities of this position is to be an area lead that maintains facility standards and expectations for the appearance and upkeep of assigned exhibits, their associated life support systems, and the care of assigned animals. The senior herpetologist will be assigned to oversee the amphibian and reptile collection and care for the areas within the aquarium. This position will provide expert mentorship to staff on reptiles and amphibians, along with providing knowledge to backup or support fish aquarium systems as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS: This position must have previous experience working with various species of reptiles and amphibians, as well as have a general background knowledge related to fish and invertebrates and their life support systems. Experience and familiarity with AZA guidelines for reptile and amphibians is required. Knowledge and skills with minor carpentry, plumbing, and painting is desired. The successful applicant must have the strength and endurance to perform physical demands associated with essential job functions; with or without assistance.

REQUIRMENTS: A Bachelor's degree in a related discipline with a minimum 5 years experience working with amphibians and reptiles in an aquarium setting or the equivalent experience at a minimum of 8 years. SCUBA certification is desired.


• Assume leadership role working with husbandry staff, interns and volunteers.

• Be a role model for staff demonstrating positive customer service and teamwork with other departments at Mystic Aquarium.

• Develop leadership skills through management courses.

• Assist with daily supervisor responsibilities as scheduled and assigned by supervisor.

• Assist area supervisor with staff evaluations and administrative tasks as assigned.

• Assist with staff schedule to ensure area and departmental coverage.

• Maintain consistent professional attitude, motivation and ability to accept and implement feedback.

• Provide daily cleaning and care of assigned exhibits and life support systems; ensure daily check sheets are up to date.

• Feed animals according to established feed schedules, recommend changes as necessary.

• Perform daily visual health assessments on all animals; report any animal health concerns immediately to the Senior Medical Aquarist, Supervisor, and Curator.

• Work with the Senior Medical Aquarist and veterinary team to maintain high animal care standards.

• Assist with policy and protocol development as needed.

• Maintain appropriate record keeping, daily care, husbandry requirements, and acquisition/disposition.

• Participate in the construction and care of exhibit life support systems, including routine preventative maintenance on equipment.

• Provide alternate coverage for other aquarists as assigned.

• Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free.

• Perform weekly animal behavioral training/handling.

• SCUBA certification strongly desired for ability to conduct exhibit maintenance dives within the main gallery.

• Respond to emergency calls (if on duty).• Maintain current up to date knowledge on biology, ecology, and husbandry of all animals.

• Work cooperatively with volunteers and interns to mentor and ensure exhibit cleanliness, both inside and in surrounding areas.

• Be familiar with and utilize the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure a safe working environment all times.

• Perform all other duties as assigned by area supervisor or curator.

• Participate in Aquarium-related education, PR and membership programs including facility tours.

Sea Research Foundation, Inc. is an Equal

Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer