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Dallas Zoo Management/Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

Aquarist - Children's Aquarium at Fair Park


Aquarists are responsible for managing all aspects of their assigned area. This includes husbandry of, and administering medications to, fishes, invertebrates, and reptiles as assigned. In addition, duties include feeding, water quality analysis, life support system (LSS) maintenance, and general housekeeping. Other duties and special projects will be undertaken by the aquarist as assigned. The Aquarist should serve as a role model to other employees, interns, volunteers, and aquarium guests and should exhibit responsibility and leadership qualities.


• Provide a diverse and species-appropriate diet to animals in their care. Maintain high standards of cleanliness and seafood safety in food preparation areas.
• Each day conduct a thorough walkthrough to ensure functionality of all LSS in assigned section immediately upon arrival and before leaving at the end of the day.
• Observe animals daily and report any abnormal behavior/appearance to supervisor immediately.
• Maintain adequate animal records by recording every animal move, acquisition, disposition, and every significant behavioral or health observation on daily reports.
• Maintain all of the LSS for their assigned section including pumps, UV sterilizers, protein skimmers, sand filters, et cetera. Immediately report any needed repairs to supervisor.
• Conduct regular water quality analysis on assigned tanks, record all data collected on appropriate datasheets and electronic records, report any abnormal water chemistry parameters to supervisor immediately.
• Mentor newer staff and volunteers and serve as a role model in their professional development. Display responsible behavior and exhibit leadership at all times.
• Participate in conservation and research projects as time and resources permit.
• Maintain aesthetics in exhibits by keeping viewing panels free of visible algae at all times. Clean tank walls, décor, rockwork, and substrate as needed to maintain high aesthetic standards. Conduct water changes and siphon substrate in all tanks at least weekly.
• General housekeeping in back-of-house areas; all work areas should be clean and organized.
• Complete special projects, both major and minor, as assigned by supervisor.
• Develop and deliver fun and informative interpretive programs that will build visitor appreciation for our aquatic environment and the aquatic animals of the world.
• Deliver interpretive presentations as needed to support the aquarium’s educational programs.
• Provide on-site support of the aquarium adult and youth volunteer programs in partnership with the Dallas Zoo Volunteer Coordinators and Youth Volunteer Coordinators.
• Other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field OR an Associate’s degree in an animal science, biology, or related science field plus one year of paid animal care experience is required;
  • Must have experience working in an aquarium or zoo setting preferred
  • Knowledge of aquarium LSS, plumbing, basic carpentry, water chemistry, and water quality analysis.
• Must be flexible, able to follow instructions and protocols, and possess a positive attitude.
• Working knowledge of common diseases of teleost fishes.
• Must be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, following instructions and documenting animal care activities appropriately.
• Ability to represent the aquarium in a professional manner at all times.
• Must have good observation skills and be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull, bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry up to 65lbs.
• Must be a self-motivated team player, efficient and solution-oriented: finding creative solutions to complex challenges.
• Must have basic knowledge of research techniques and practices, with solid observation skills.
• Must be able to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees, interns, volunteers, and aquarium guests.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action.
• Regular, reliable, and punctual attendance is an essential function of this position.
• Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
• Must possess or be able to obtain a Texas Class C driver’s license to operate aquarium vehicles and have reliable transportation.
• Successful candidates must complete a pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by personnel assigned to this job and is not necessarily and exhaustive list of all duties to be assigned 

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Dallas Zoo Management/Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy
Dallas, TX 75203

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