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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Ambassador Animal Keeper I

The Living Planet Aquarium is an AZA accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides the community with countless educational opportunities to understand and respect our precious Earth and its living ecosystems, from the Utah deserts and mountains, to rain forest habitats, to the planet’s vast oceans. Working at The Living Planet Aquarium is more than just a job, it is purpose-driven work. We need exceptionally talented and hardworking team members to join us on our mission of inspiring people to explore, discover and learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. Our part-time positions are offered competitive compensation and perks such as Aquarium Memberships and passes, various discounts, and much more.

The Living Planet Aquarium recognizes and embraces human diversity. Different perspectives and experiences matter and everyone belongs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or military status. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The Living Planet Aquarium is committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application and interview process. Should you require accommodations, please contact accomodation@thelivingplanet.com.

 

Position:  Ambassador Animal Keeper I (Part-Time)

Reports To:  Associate Director of Husbandry

 

Position Summary:

The Ambassador Animal Keeper I is responsible for providing the highest possible quality of care to the animals in his/her care.  This position provides daily care of all animals in the Aquarium’s Ambassador Animal Program and works closely with the Associate Director of Husbandry and the Ambassador Animal Manager to ensure the health and wellbeing of all Ambassador Animals.  The individual will maintain a current understanding of current husbandry practices, and the natural history of all invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals in the program.  The Ambassador Animal Keeper I has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource for Education Animal Handlers, Presenters, volunteers, and interns.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide daily care of all Ambassador Animals according to written protocol and procedures
  • Ensure proper lighting, heating and other environmental factors are achieved and maintained in all Ambassador Animal enclosures.
  • Ensure all animal enrichment and operant conditioning practiced adheres to established protocols and is recorded appropriately.
  • Complete inspection rounds at least twice daily to check status of all enclosures and their occupants. Make daily observations of animals for health and behavioral assessment and report suspected incidence of disease immediately to the management.
  • Administer medications as needed under the direction of the Associate Director, Director or Veterinarian.
  • Prepare food and feed organisms.
  • Maintain all established records in accordance with established practice and policy. (acquisition, disposition, enclosure, treatment records, etc.)
  • Train, develop and oversee the work of volunteers and interns assigned to work in the individual’s area of responsibility.
  • Maintain a clean work area to facilitate a presentable and safe environment for work
  • Provide alternate coverage for other keepers as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Qualifications

Must have previous exposure to aquariums and/or zoos and a background related to living organisms. Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals is essential.

  • A bachelor’s degree is required with an emphasis on biology or science coursework. Equivalent hands-on work experience/knowledge may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 1-2 years of experience caring for invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and/or mammals in a public aquarium or zoological facility.
  • Basic competency of the care of all ambassador animals in the collection.
  • Demonstrates husbandry expertise of amphibians, reptiles and/or birds.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of the Animal Health Lab. (necropsies, skin scrapes, etc.)

 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Valid Utah driver’s license.
  • Must possess current, negative TB test results or obtain upon employment offer

Physical Demands of the Job

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to walk up and down ladders
  • Ability to work with various cleaning chemicals
  • Ability to operate power tools

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. 

  • Hot and cold environments
  • Outdoor and indoor environments in varying weather conditions
  • Elevated platforms
  • Aquarium habitats
  • Uneven surfaces
  • Confined spaces
  • Noisy workspaces
  • Working with and around potentially dangerous animals and equipment

 

While this job description attempts to describe the essential functions of the position, it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. It does not restrict management’s right to assign or reassign duties or responsibilities to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.

 

How to Apply

Please submit an application on our website by using the link below. 

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 S Lone Peak Parkway
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 801.355.3474

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