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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

HIIZ Keeper II - Aquatics (Stingray Focus)

About Us
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to the conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. It is a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

The Herpetology, Ichthyology & Invertebrate Zoology Department is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and collaborative individual to join their amazing team of Keepers!
Brief Summary of Position & Requirements
The focus of this position is with marine stingrays and associated Stingray Touch exhibit & reserve areas. The applicant must have knowledge and experience in husbandry specific to Ichthyology. Knowledge and experience with saltwater systems (life support, water quality, and marine animal husbandry) in a professional animal care facility are required. Plumbing skills and pump replacement experience are preferred. This position is responsible for providing aquatic animal care and enrichment, monitoring animal health, working with department volunteers and interns, as well as maintaining orderliness of departmental areas. This position also serves as back-up support for other HIIZ keepers' aquatic service areas. This support may also include the care of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Some knowledge of the aforementioned terrestrial animals is desirable. The candidate must be comfortable with developing and offering public presentations in a variety of settings. Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region is desirable but not required.

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor's degree in biology or related field. A minimum of three years' paid experience with aquatic fish husbandry and life support systems in a professional animal care facility (preferably an AZA accredited institution) is required for this position. A combination of education and applicable experience may also be considered. Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. Must be available to work weekends and holidays, in addition to occasional evenings/nights as required to meet ASDM’s operational needs. Satisfactory driving record and valid Arizona Driver's License (or ability to obtain) required.

This is a Full-time/Non-Exempt status position that is eligible for benefits. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s comprehensive benefit package includes medical, dental, vision, employer-funded health reimbursement account, life and LTD insurance, optional medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, supplemental life insurance, optional short-term disability, 403(b) retirement plan with ROTH option, paid holidays, personal business time, sick leave, and vacation. Active staff receive a Dual-level membership and complimentary admission passes. Staff also receive discounts at our gift shops, on ASDM's Public Programs & Trips, and on Adult Art & Photography Classes.

Job Description
Job Title: Keeper II – Stingray Focus
Department: HIIZ
Reports To: Curator of Herpetology, Ichthyology & Invertebrate Zoology
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Compensation: Bargaining Unit Position; Initial Step is $16.25/hour


Ensures animal welfare and institutional support by performing the duties below.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
include the following; other duties will be assigned:
Prepares food for charges by chopping or grinding meat, fish, fruit, or vegetables; mixing prepared, dry, or liquid commercial feeds, or unbaling forage grasses per department practices and protocols
• Cleans and fills water containers and places food in enclosures per department practices and protocols
• Adds vitamins, medications or supplements to food or water as prescribed by ASDM's Veterinarian
• Observes animals to detect illnesses or injuries and notifies Curator or ASDM's Veterinarians of findings. Will promptly notify Curator or veterinary team of issues and concerns
• Assists ASDM's Veterinarians and Veterinary Technician in treatment of animals for illnesses and injuries
• Will perform injection of prescribed medications after appropriate training from ASDM veterinary staff
• Cleans and disinfects animals' quarters per department practices and protocols
• Assists with developing desired animal behaviors per department practices and protocols
• Will be involved in the training of co-workers
• Will be involved with the training, management and certification of volunteers
• Under curatorial direction, transfers Collection animals from one location or enclosure to another for purposes such as rearrangement of exhibits, veterinary needs, or programs
• Sets temperature and humidity controls of quarters as specified per department practices and protocols
• Answers visitor questions concerning animal habits, conservation, or museum operations
• Participates in educational activities as required, (i.e., Docent classes, ADC, Art Institute, media)
• Assists other collection departments, maintenance, and exhibits staff when required
• May assist in the collection of specimens and exhibit materials per ASDM guidelines
• Provides and creates approved environmental enrichment, following AZA guidelines and per department practices and protocols
• Participates in formal presentations at ASDM or off-site, (i.e., Keeper talks, theater programs, behind-the-scenes tours)
• Completes on-line annual training as required

Supervisory Responsibilities

There are no staff supervisory responsibilities associated with this position. However, this position may supervise and/or provide direction to volunteers assisting with Keeper duties.


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 ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor's degree and a minimum of three years' experience in a related field (preferably paid) at an AZA-accredited facility desirable; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Skills

Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.

Other Skills and Abilities

• Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region highly desirable.
• Knowledge of zoo facilities and operations desirable.
• Knowledge of natural history, safe animal capture and handling, husbandry, and ecosystems required.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

• Valid Arizona Driver's License or ability to obtain
• Satisfactory 39-month DMV report or equivalent

Other Qualifications

Must be able to work holidays and weekends. Must demonstrate schedule flexibility according to department needs.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is often quiet, but hearing protection is occasionally required. Other personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required as directed.

The above description reflects a general overview of the responsibilities and position requirements for this job classification. It is not intended to be a complete description of all duties and requirements that may be inherent in the position.

How to Apply

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Be prepared to include two professional references with your application.

To view the full job posting and apply, visit the Desert Museum’s Career Page or copy & paste the following URL into your browser:

Please understand that if offered a position, you will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen and provide the equivalent of a satisfactory 3-year Driver's History Record as a final condition of employment. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an equal opportunity institution that values a diverse workforce. The Museum is a drug and alcohol free workplace and participates in E-Verify.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Tucson, AZ 85743

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