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Responsible for caring for a diverse aquatic and terrestrial animal collection and exhibits which include a variety of marine and freshwater fishes, and invertebrates.
Must have a passion for offsite exhibit animal care! Works on the Offsite Exhibits Team with other biologists, volunteers, and interns to achieve The Florida Aquarium’s mission to entertain, educate, and inspire stewardship about our natural environment by exemplifying the Aquarium’s values of Respect, Trust, and Excellence.
Cares for the aquarium’s living collection and performs all duties professionally and in accordance with guidelines set and approved by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and in compliance with all associated animal care and safety regulatory agencies.
Essential Position Functions
ensure the highest standards for all animals
Typical Physical Requirements
Education, Requirements, and Technical Skills
• Minimum of 4.5 years of experience in a facility working with aquatic organisms, including but not limited to marine teleosts and elasmobranchs, planted freshwater habitats, and corals
• Experience in animal transports
• Strong oral/written communication and observation skills a must
• Ability to work under pressure and adapt to change with a positive attitude
• Good analytical troubleshooting skills and attention to detail
• Ability to follow directions effectively and timely
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and in a professional team setting
• BS or higher degree in a biological science or related field with equivalent experience
• Knowledge of habitat requirements for aquatic species
• Knowledge of life support systems and water quality parameters for aquatic species
• Knowledge of Animal Record Keeping systems (ZIMS/ISIS) preferred
• Knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
• SCUBA certification required with ability to advance to Open Water Scientific Diver/Rescue Diver level within 6 months of hire
• Must be willing and able to obtain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License
• Flexibility in working weekends, evenings, and holidays
• Professional/Technical Knowledge and Competency – Remains current on developments in the field within and outside the organization; maintains proficiencies.
• Interpersonal Skills/Teamwork – Demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively within a team and across departments for organizational success. Demonstrates a positive attitude and initiative, seeks to understand before being understood. Fosters a positive, supportive and encouraging work environment. Demonstrates respect for other’s opinions, trusts in their abilities and recognizes their contributions.
• Customer Focus – Demonstrates courtesy, cooperation and friendliness with staff, volunteers, and customers. Actively listens, anticipates and evaluates the customer’s needs. Ensures that customer satisfaction is a priority in all areas of responsibility. Actively engages our customers while fulfilling job responsibilities.
• Communication (oral and written) — Effectively expressing ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listen to individuals and groups; preparing and focusing presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; expressing ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents.
• Initiative - Takes initiate to achieve goals; asserting oneself to support others in the achievement of their goals; originating action rather than responding only to the actions of others; anticipating the needs of both internal and external constituencies.
• Judgement – Deciding on and committing to an action on the examination of facts at hand; finding creative solution to situations and opportunities that arise; taking strategic risks when necessary.
• Quality – Upholding standards beyond what is required; inspiring staff to maintain and initiate high standards of excellence in their work efforts.
• Planning and Organization – Establishing a course of action with specific long-range goals for the aquarium; setting priorities among competing requirements and allocating resources in the most efficient and effective way; developing contingency plans that participate changes in the work environment.
Benefits, Health, PTO, Growth Opps. and more!
To apply please visit https://www.flaquarium.org/careers
The Florida Aquarium701 Channelside DriveTampa, FL 33602Phone: 813-273-4000
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