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The Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa is a non-profit organization and home to more than 2,800 animals representing nearly 240 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, and is fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The mission of the Blank Park Zoo is to inspire an appreciation of the natural world through conservation, education, research and recreation.
The Blank Park Zoo Aquatics team is seeking an aquarist to join the fish, invertebrate, amphibian, and reptile team. The aquarist will be responsible for performing a variety of tasks related to the care and maintenance of aquatic exhibits and quarantine systems, conservation efforts, and zoo facilities.
The following duties are essential to this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to successfully perform the essential functions.
Ability to function in all types of weather including extreme heat and cold. The majority of the job involves being outside.
4 year college degree and paid experience in the zoo field. Experience along with a college degree can be interchangeable at a rate of 1 year of college to 1 year of experience.
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, to staff and to visitors of all ages.
Intermediate word processing skills, with working knowledge of Microsoft Office required.
• Valid Iowa motor vehicle license
• First Aid / CPR training
• SCUBA Certification Open Water minimum
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
Complete the Blank Park Zoo online application and attach a cover letter and resume: www.blankparkzoo.com/contact-us/jobs
Blank Park Zoo7401 SW 9th StDes Moines, IA 50315Phone: 515-285-4722Fax: Blank Park Zoo
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