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National Aquarium


General Purpose:

The National Aquarium is looking for a herpetologist (reptile and amphibian keeper) to join the rainforest team.  The successful candidate provides assigned specimens with excellent day-to-day care through approved husbandry practices; keep exhibits, reserve tanks, support equipment, and workspaces maintained to NA standards; participates in the acquisition/disposition, transport and acclimation of specimens; participate in the design, construction and maintenance of exhibits and reserve tanks, including life support systems and equipment, as assigned. Fully accountable for animals and systems under care in assigned areas.  Responsible for providing coverage for other areas as assigned. Participates in planning and implementation of special projects (i.e., new exhibits, renovations of existing exhibits, exhibit enhancements, collection of animals, propagation of animals) as assigned. Supervises volunteers, interns and team projects as assigned.  Responds to life-support and animal related emergencies, at times after hours. Provides back-up support to other departments as needed.  Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures.   Other duties as assigned or required

Essential Functions:

  • Completes inspection rounds of specimens, exhibits and reserve areas three times daily to check status and identify and report potential problems. Resolves problems independently where possible
  • Organizes the care and feeding of animals in assigned areas. Provides husbandry coverage to other areas as assigned.
  • Prepares food and feeds assigned reptile, amphibian, and invertebrate collection in accordance with dietary Cleans and provides daily maintenance to food preparation areas, food preparation equipment and utensils..
  • Manages time efficiently, meets assigned project deadlines, and problem solves in a timely manner
  • Maintains live food holding tanks and
  • Identifies medical conditions that may require attention in a timely manner and reports observations to curators and veterinarians.
  • Administers medications and implements routine quarantine procedures as needed
  • Accountable for the acquisition, transport, acclimation, care and feeding of plants and animals within assigned
  • Maintains detailed, daily husbandry records via TRACKS.
  • Conducts animal welfare assessments via TRACKS as assigned..
  • Orders supplies as needed with Curatorial approval.
  • Maintains current knowledge of all specimens under their care and their natural history (biology and environmental needs) and husbandry
  • Able to work well with supervisors and
  • Participates in the maintenance and appearance of existing exhibits and support areas, including life support materials and equipment. Participates in the design and construction of new and renovated exhibits
  • Maintains cleanliness and quality of exhibits through cleaning glass and decor, scrubbing algae and removing debris to meet NA exhibit standards.
  • Performs hydrocleaning, water changes, backwashing and other procedures necessary to maintain water quality
  • Cleans back-up areas including scrubbing, mopping, vacuuming water and pest
  • Maintains current knowledge of all pumps, valves, filters, lighting timers, climate control equipment, water supply, etc. in assigned areas.
  • Maintains the appearance and environmental parameters of exhibits and reserve tanks, including life support material and equipment..
  • Serves as a representative of the Aquarium to the public and the media.
  • Participates in and presents at workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs and
  • Trains and mentors new personnel including staff, volunteers, and
  • Participates in various committees as assigned

Qualifications/Position Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Biology or related major, or equivalent experience, is required.

A minimum of one year experience in a zoo, aquarium, or other zoological facility with emphasis on the care of reptiles and amphibians is required.  Must be highly knowledgeable of herpetocultural practices and be able to apply them to an aquarium setting  Experience with aquatic turtles and small crocodilians preferred.  Must be able to communicate effectively with visitors, staff, and industry colleagues at all levels verbally and in writing. Open water dive certification and a familiarity with TRACKS is preferred.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

About the National Aquarium

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland, is a nonprofit organization that’s changing the way humanity cares for our ocean planet. The Aquarium’s award-winning habitats are home to thousands of animals representing hundreds of species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. We are proud to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and strive to meet or exceed AZA standards in all aspects of animal care and welfare. A dedicated team of full- and part-time employees and volunteers drives the Aquarium’s mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. More than a million guests visit the Aquarium each year, and millions more participate in its conservation, education and engagement initiatives.

Our Culture

The National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a visitor attraction and has evolved into a conservation organization that operates a world-class aquarium. Our core values—integrity, innovation, service, excellence, and engagement—form the basis for our beliefs about our organization, our colleagues and ourselves, and serve as the framework to guide our behavior and actions to achieve our mission. Through unparalleled exhibits, science-based education programs and hands-on field initiatives, the Aquarium is at the forefront of efforts to connect people with the natural world and raise awareness of the challenges facing our ocean.

Our Mission and Goals

By connecting people with nature, the Aquarium drives conservation action for the benefit of people, animals and the planet. The Aquarium’s mission—to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures—begins within the walls of its buildings, but it does not end there. The Aquarium protects, enhances and restores natural resources through education and engagement, habitat restoration, animal rescue and sustainable business practices, with its conservation work guided by three overarching goals—to combat climate change, save wildlife and habitats, and stop plastic pollution.

How to Apply

National Aquarium
Baltimore, MD

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