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The Quarantine Aquarist-Keeper II is responsible for providing the highest possible quality of care to the animals in his/her care. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance and care of quarantine tanks and enclosures, preparing and dispensing food, disease recognition and treatment, life support system construction and operation, and species identification. The individual will maintain current on the husbandry and natural history of all fish, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, reptiles, and small mammals in their area of responsibility. The Quarantine Aquarist-Keeper also ensures that all animal dispositions are conducted in a humane and ethical manner. The Quarantine Aquarist-Keeper II has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource for Quarantine Aquarist-Keeper I, as well as volunteers and interns. The Aquarist-Keeper II also assists in training Aquarist-Keeper I, interns, and volunteers as directed.
A Quarantine Aquarist-Keeper II must have previous exposure to aquariums and/or zoos and a background related to living organisms. Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals is essential. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or abilities required.
A college degree (A.A, A.S. B.A. or B.S.) is required with an emphasis on biology or science course work, or equivalent hands on work experience/knowledge may be considered
Three (3) years’ experience caring for animals in a public aquarium or zoological facility
Experience and proficiency in all Aquarium and Quarantine Procedures
Demonstrates competency in advanced plumbing skills (comfortable plumbing PVC pipe over 1”)
Basic competency of aquarium systems and ability to cover any fish, invertebrate, reptile, amphibian, bird, and small mammal systems or enclosures within the department.
Demonstrates husbandry expertise of fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and small mammals.
Possess a valid driver’s license and obtain a Utah driver’s license within 6 months of hire date
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Acts as a resource to Level I Aquarist-Keepers, Interns, and Volunteers
Train, develop and oversee the work of volunteers and interns assigned to work in the individual’s area of responsibility
Assist with the management and oversight of all quarantine systems while ensuring a consistently high standard of animal care in these systems.
Perform the required medicinal treatments of specimens in quarantine
Maintain accurate daily records for all quarantine systems
Participate in specimen transports, water quality testing, quarantine, diagnosis and treatment of fish and terrestrial animal diseases
Maintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a high level of quality
Perform general husbandry functions without direct supervision
Assume responsibility for the oversight of the daily operations within the Quarantine Department in the absence of other Quarantine Aquarist-Keepers and the Curator of Marine Aquatics (week-ends, etc.).
Maintain the highest level of cleanliness of the quarantine tanks and enclosures.
Maintain proper water quality to ensure the health of the organisms and high water clarity
Ensure the proper care of life support equipment by adhering to a regular preventative maintenance schedule and by keeping all items clean
Ensure proper lighting requirements are achieved and maintained
Complete inspection rounds at least twice daily to check status of all holding/ quarantine systems 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 Curator of Marine Aquatics, Director of Husbandry, or Veterinarian
Report all non-functioning life support equipment to the Life Support Systems Manager, or in emergency situations, to the Curator of Marine Aquatics and Director of Animal Husbandry
Prepare food and feed organisms
Maintain all established records in accordance with established practice and policy (acquisition, disposition, tank records, water quality records, etc.)
Maintain a clean work area to facilitate a presentable and safe environment for work and behind the scenes tours. Aquarist-Keepers are responsible for making sure all areas in their designated section meet those standards
Adhere to all safety protocols (fire, diving, etc.)
Demonstrate flexibility in completing tasks, which may extend after normal working hours or to weekends and holidays
Provide alternate coverage for other aquarists-keepers as assigned
Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free
Maintain supplies and equipment needed for the department
Knowledge of quarantine procedures and protocols
Knowledge of disease identification and treatment
Knowledge of biological processes as they pertain to water chemistry, physiology, animal health and psychological well being
Ability to identify all animals and plants under your care
Possesses familiarity with the natural history of all animals and plants in their section, including a good understanding of the requirements of individual species in captivity
Attention to detail
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Is a role model for professionalism including:
Contributes to a positive and productive work environment
Demonstrates self-motivated initiative
Assist others when opportunities arise; promotes teamwork
Represents LLPA in words and actions
Possesses good communication and organizational skills
Loveland Living Planet Aquarium12033 South Lone Peak ParkwayDraper, UT 84020Phone: 8013553474
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