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Miami Seaquarium

Wildlife Keeper / Senior Keeper

A Wildlife Keeper at Miami Seaquarium will be responsible for the care and display of Tropical Birds, Manatees and Sea Turtles living in exhibits throughout the park as well as being a resource for the Aquatics Department staff. The primary responsibilities will include working as assigned in any of the aquarium exhibits or areas.
Roles & Responsibilities
 
  • Ensuring all work environments are safe and any safety concerns are reported immediately.
  • Maintain open and professional communication with departments that interface with the Aquarium Department.
  • Ensure a quality experience and accurate information given during presentations and guest encounters by active participation and feedback to the team.
  • Function as a team player, showing trust and mutual respect for all members on the team.
  • Uphold the highest standards of courtesy and conduct.
  • Respond to all animal and operational emergencies as required.
  • Responsible for all tasks in assigned exhibit. Including keeping up with maintenance and husbandry schedules.
  • Ensure all exhibit and husbandry standards are met every day.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of animal care including diets, water preferences, scientific nomenclature, range, habits, and compatibilities. Apply this knowledge to the exhibits and animal collection.
  • Assist in training keepers in all areas of animal care and operations.
  • Perform mentoring responsibilities as assigned for new keepers and teach them assigned tasks.
  • Assist management with administrative tasks such as ordering supplies.
  • Participate in exhibit projects such as renovation, repairs or modifications.
  • Participate in on site animal procedures and moves.
  • Demonstrate proper small animal restraint and handling techniques.
  • Administer prescribed medical treatments as directed by veterinarian and curator.
  • Apply animal training techniques to improve the health and welfare of the animal collection, and to meet program needs.
  • Perform roles in animal interactions: Bird interactions, Penguin Encounter and other encounters as assigned, ensuring an excellent guest experience and safety.
  • Provide accurate and informative interpretations of animal exhibit to guests by performing formal and informal discussions and/or tours.
  • Provide and develop species specific enrichment items.
  • Represent Miami Seaquarium at industry conferences by presenting work that contributes to the aquarium and zoological industry.
 
 
Requirements
 
Education: College degree in Marine/Life Science or related field, or commensurate experience. SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized certifying agency. Preferred requirements include CPR certification
 
Languages: Fluent English
 
Skills:
  • Demonstrated excellent animal observation and record keeping skills.
  • Demonstrated professional presentation skills.
  • Pass all required department tests, including a swim test.
  • SCUBA certification from an internationally recognized certifying agency.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to recognize and correct normal operational challenges or seek prompt assistance from senior personnel.
  • Possess the characteristics of an Animal Care professional demonstrating competence, professionalism, teamwork, mutual respect and commitment to the mission of Miami Seaquarium.
  • Availability to work full time, 40hrs per week, this may include working weekends and holidays.
  • Must be able to move/ lift up to 50lbs on a daily basis.
Experience:
 
  • Keeper level: 2+ years experience working as an Animal Keeper at an accredited animal aquarium or zoo (HC or AZA).
  • Senior Keeper: 4+ years experience working as an Animal Keeper at an accredited animal aquarium or zoo (HC or AZA).
  • Basic knowledge of general Avian, Manatee and/or Sea Turtle biology, nutrition, natural history and behavior
  • Proven experience with habitat maintenance, animal food preparation & nutrition requirements, general husbandry practices and animal restraint/capture techniques.
  • Proven experience with performing animal interactions with guests.

How to Apply

All interested applicants, please send a resume and cover letter to msqaquaticsjobs@msq.cc, as well as apply online. www.miamiseaquarium.com/jobs-internships
 
Please include the position you are applying for in the subject line.

Miami Seaquarium
Miami, FL

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