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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Quarantine Aquarist Keeper

The Quarantine Aquarist-Keeper 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 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. We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages including medical, dental, life insurance, disability, flexible spending account, 401(k) with match, PTO, Holiday Pay, New Child Leave, Aquarium Memberships and passes, and much more.

Position Summary:

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. 

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

Critical Skills/Competencies:

  • 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

Qualifications:

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

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 swim
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to walk up and down ladders
  • Ability to work with various cleaning chemicals
  • Ability to work with venomous animals
  • Ability to operate power tools or heavy machinery

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters 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
  • Underwater environments
  • Noisy workspaces

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 for this job at any time

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. LLPA does not discriminate on the basis of disability, veteran status or any other basis protected class under federal, state or local laws.

How to Apply

https://thelivingplanet.com/jobs/

 

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 Lone Peak Parkway
Draper, UT 84020
Phone: 8013553474

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