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The Florida Aquarium

Biologist II Offsite Exhibits - Fish and Invertebrate Team

Position Summary

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

  • Maintains the highest level of animal care and wellness
  • Performs daily animal husbandry duties including, but not limited to, accurate daily record keeping, food preparation, proper animal feeding techniques, training and enrichment
  • Maintains clean exhibits as well as service, holding and behind the scenes areas
  • Promptly reports any animal injury, illness or abnormal behavior to Animal Health team to

ensure the highest standards for all animals

  • Represents The Florida Aquarium in a professional manner at all times while working on offsite and onsite office exhibits
  • Works directly with Animal Health, Life Support, and other disciplines to provide optimal animal care
  • Applies knowledge and identifies issues with habitat and life support systems independently and in a team setting
  • Compliance for all applicable AZA standards on a daily basis
  • Abides by standard operating procedures in compliance with aquarium and industry standards for best practices
  • In compliance with all applicable safety and security procedures and protocols as appropriate

 

  • Delivers extraordinary customer service to all aquarium guests and internal customers
  • Assures behavior consistently meets the FLAQ values of Respect, Trust and Excellence

Secondary Functions

  • Initiates and executes exhibit improvements and modifications independently
  • Initiates and executes presentations and reports independently
  • Maintains tools and equipment necessary for the care of the collection
  • Represents the aquarium at selected professional development opportunities
  • Participates in meetings with curators, biologists and other aquarium departments
  • Assists in training interns and volunteers including volunteer divers
  • All other duties as required

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

Competencies

  • 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. 

Typical Physical Requirements

  • Sitting (2 hours per day)
  • Standing (2 hours per day)
  • Walking (4 hours per day)
  • Bending/Stooping — Frequently
  • Squatting — Frequently
  • Crawling — Occasionally
  • Climbing heights (12’) — Frequently
  • Reaching above shoulders — Frequently
  • Crouching — Occasionally
  • Kneeling — Frequently
  • Balancing — Frequently
  • Pushing/Pulling — Frequently
  • Carrying (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
  • Lifting (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
  • Using hands for repetitive movements — fine manipulating
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity
  • Typing on a computer keyboard
  • Excellent vision for proofing and detail work
  • Coping with demands (stresses that are associated with the job and/or the work environment so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained
  • Operating machinery and boats
  • Ability to travel (car) as needed — locally and/or nationally
  • Ability to travel (air) as needed
  • Ability to conduct field work in collection and research
  • Daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals in a central Florida climate

 

 

 

Experience Required

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 Competencies • 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.

Perks

Benefits, Health, PTO, Growth Opps. and more!

Salary

Negotiable

How to Apply

To apply please visit https://www.flaquarium.org/careers

The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813-273-4000

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