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Walt Disney World Company

Aquarist (The Seas)

Aquarists are responsible for husbandry of the aquatic animal collections at EPCOT in concert with Senior Aquarists and under the direction and supervision of the Animal Care Management Team. Aquarists are front line care providers to animals including: sharks, eels, rays, sea turtles, and fish. They maintain habitat cleanliness, feed, prepare food, develop and implement behavioral management plans, and maintain, adjust, operate and repair small habitat life support systems. At The Seas, some dive and spend many hours each day in wetsuits, while others may spend time focused on smaller exhibits that can be maintained without swimming, but all Aquarists are expected to maintain a minimum diving skills while part of The Seas Cast. All Disney Cast members interact with guests to build magical memories.

Responsibilities :
Perform tasks that include but are not limited to: perform water chemistry testing, basic necropsy with external parasite identification, diet preparation, feeding, cleaning habitats, and equipment maintenance. Perform informal and formal presentations to Walt Disney World Resort guests. Aquarists are able to demonstrate and devise behavioral husbandry plans to be integrated into daily animal care activities. Partner with various teams (Marine Mammal, Guest Programs, Department of Animal Health, Research, Education and Water Sciences) to facilitate state of the art guest service and animal programs. Record observations of animal behavior, feeding consumption and interactions, analyze the data and produce reports that explain changes over time.
Basic Qualifications :
  • Previous work experience providing care to animals
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the field of aquarium husbandry at an AZA-accredited facility, or acceptable equivalent
  • Knowledge of fish behavior, physiology, general biology, nutritional requirements and reproductive needs
  • Proven guest/public interaction and presentation skills
  • Proven strong analytical skills
  • Be able to work unsupervised and make decisions consistent with the team philosophy
  • Proven strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven attention to detail, accuracy and consistency
  • Ability to work well with others in a team-based environment
  • Ability to be flexible with work schedule including second shifts and be willing to work on weekends and holidays
  • Ability to maintain and troubleshoot aquarium systems
  • Travel local and International for extended periods 4-8 weeks
  • Ability to possess a Passport within 6 months of hire.
  • Work with chemicals and familiar with proper and safe handling
  • Be able to lift 60 pounds. (SCUBA tanks and Gear)
  • Available to be SCUBA Rescue Certified within 6 months of employment
  • SCUBA certified
  • Possess a valid US driver license
Preferred Qualifications :
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Marine Biology, Aquaculture, Zoology
  • US Passport with more than 6 months until expiration
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Possess a valid Florida driver license
Required Education :
  • High School or equal
Preferred Education :
  • College Degree or Technical Degree

How to Apply

Please go to: and APPLY to Req # 723248BR

Walt Disney World Company
P.O. Box 10,000
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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