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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Saltwater Aquarist III

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. 

The Living Planet Aquarium recognizes and embraces human diversity. Different perspectives and experiences matter and everyone belongs. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive environment for all. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, or military status. People from all diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The Living Planet Aquarium is committed to ensuring individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application and interview process. Should you require accommodations, please contact


Position: Saltwater Aquarist III


Reports To: Curator of Marine Aquatics


Position Summary:

The Saltwater Aquarist III 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 aquarium exhibits, preparing and dispensing food. The individual will maintain current on the husbandry and natural history of all fish, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians in the aquarist’s area of responsibility. The Aquarist also ensures that all animal dispositions are conducted in a humane and ethical manner. The individual has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource for volunteers and interns.  The Saltwater Aquarist III has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource for Aquarist I, II, as well as interns and volunteers as directed.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acts as a resource to Level I and II Aquarist, Interns, and Volunteers
    • Train, develop and oversee the work of volunteers and interns assigned to work in the individual’s area of responsibility
  • Maintains live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a high level of quality
  • Performs general husbandry functions without direct supervision.
  • Works well in a team environment and follows directions easily.
  • Maintain the highest level of cleanliness, and aesthetic and artistic quality of the displays.
  • 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 levels are achieved and maintained.
  • Complete inspection rounds at least twice daily to check status of all exhibit and 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-function life support equipment to the Curator of Marine Aquatics, or in emergency situations, Life Support Systems Manager.
  • Assist with system design and fabrication during renovations
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with colleagues from other aquariums and zoos in aquarium techniques.
  • Present workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs and behind the scenes tours.
  • Provide alternate coverage for other aquarists as assigned.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free.


Critical Skills/Competencies:

  • Strong identification skills, ability to identify all animals and plants under your care.
  • Extensive knowledge of biological processes as they pertain to water chemistry, physiology, animal health and psychological well-being.
  • 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



Saltwater Aquarist III 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, amphibians and reptiles 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) to Four (4) 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
  • Current SCUBA Certification, or ability to recertify upon hire
  • Current First aid, CPR certifications, or ability to recertify upon hire
  • Comfortable diving with a variety of Marine animals in a captive setting


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 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 to this job at any time. The overall work environment while performing this job includes exposure to weather conditions and the noise level is usually moderate. The employee is expected to adhere to all policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to the policies.

How to Apply

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

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