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Children's Aquarium at Fair Park

Aquarist

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the day-to-day husbandry operations in the Aquarium.  Primary responsibilities include the care and wellbeing of all animals under the facility’s care; maintenance of all habitats; and positive team approach within the Animal Care Department. 
 

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and undertake daily operations within the Animal Care Department to ensure highest level of safety, courtesy, education, efficiency and operational readiness at all times.
  • Maintain positive representation to professional agencies, institutions and various committees.
  • Insure compliance with health and safety standards in accordance with local municipality, state and federal rules and regulations. 
  • Supervise animal care and ensure habitats meet compliance of facility specific policies and procedures.
  • Perform duties in order to reduce loss/waste, control costs and accurately communicate expenses.
  • Proactively assist in the implementation of new habitats and educational opportunities in order to maximize revenues and guest experience.
  • Maintain up-to-date electronic records on animal health, water quality, system maintenance, system checks and stock reports.
  • Monitor and identify animal health concerns, disease diagnosis and water quality concerns.
  • Communicate to the Curator, Director, Veterinary and water quality staff any animal health concerns to develop and implement a care and treatment plan.
  • Compliance of all policy and procedure documents.
  • Assist in emergency situations to minimize damage, loss or injury to guests, team members, animals or company property.
  • In collaboration with Guest Experience Department, ensure habitats and programs engage, educate and entertain diverse audiences. 
  • Work closely with the volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement. 
  • Perform daily dive requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:

  • Three years + experience with animal husbandry required. 
  • PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent preferred.
  • First Aid, Emergency O2, and AED certification preferred. 
  • Degree in wildlife/marine biology or relevant work experience required. 
  • Background in fresh and saltwater aquariums, reptiles, amphibians, birds or small mammals required. 
  • Experience in the care of flora and fauna in a public aquarium setting preferred. 
  • Competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong listening, presentation and decision-making skills.

 

 

How to Apply

If this sounds like you, please send your updated resume with a cover letter to recruitment@zooceanarium.com

Children's Aquarium at Fair Park
Dallas, TX

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