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Newport Aquarium

Newport Aquarium

Biologist I Avian Biologist

Job Description:

Newport Aquarium, one of the many properties owned by Herschend Family Entertainment, prides itself on bringing families closer together by creating memories worth repeating.  Our Core Values – greatly exceeding guest expectations, serving others, creating emotional connections, constantly improving – give us purpose and guidance.      


The position requires a highly motivated individual who will work in a team setting and take direction from their manager(s) in carrying out the daily husbandry responsibilities for an assigned area. The position is responsible for adhering to all aquarium safety protocols, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation standards.

Required Skills:


  • Provides care for all specimens in assigned area through proper husbandry protocols involving daily observations, feedings, water quality monitoring, and life support system (LSS) operations
  • Ensures guest satisfaction by maintaining exhibits through daily maintenance
  • Maintain all exhibit, quarantine/holding systems, and behind the scenes areas to the highest level of professional standards.
  • Complies with all SOPs pertaining to daily operations and safety
  • Maintains records in accordance with protocols or as directed
  • Provides coverage of other biologists and areas as assigned
  • Cross-trains with other staff within the department
  • Promotes conservation, animal welfare, and good stewardship in daily tasks
  • Seeks opportunity for professional development within NAQ
  • Identifies problems and brings to management’s attention.
  • Understands LSS theory, operations, and maintenance
  • Exhibits Core Values on a daily basis
  • Undertakes any other tasks as directed by Assistant Curator or General Curator.


Required Experience:


  • A four-year degree in avian sciences, biology, or related field
  • Avian husbandry experience from employment or internships/volunteering at a public aquarium, aquaculture facility, or zoo.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ethics that generate and sustain a positive team atmosphere and professional environment
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel if necessary
  • Certification from a recognized S.C.U.B.A. training organization or the ability to obtain certification within one year from hire date
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays. Ability to respond to emergencies when needed


  • Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening and SCUBA dive physical
  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor
  • No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work
  • Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Immunocompetence (possible exposure to infections and parasitic disease)

Note:  Position will involve exposure to inclement weather, dust, potentially dangerous and unpredictable animal species, and potential dangerous machinery, restraint devices and toxic chemicals and/or drugs. Occasional use of protective clothing or equipment is required e.g. goggles, mask, gloves, and gowns. 



You can expect to work on projects that have never been done before – ideas that are unproven, and concepts that make people smile.   You can expect to have fun and be treated with respect the minute you start…and through to the end.   You can expect to work in an environment that is highly innovative and low in politics – truthful and filled with smart people!

And most of all, you can expect to work hard and make a difference in our world by helping to bring families closer together.

Level of Education:

4 Year Degree


How to Apply

Newport Aquarium
One Aquarium Way
Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 8598151409
Fax: Newport Aquarium

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