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Oregon Coast Aquarium

Aquarist II

 
Please email a Resume and Cover Letter to: jobs@aquarium.org
Closing Date: October 4th @11PM Pacific
 
Finalists will be required to complete an on-site interview, including an in-water diving evaluation (current diving medical needed prior to visit
 
Candidate screening will begin as early as September 27th, 2022, and the hiring authority may exercise the option to make a
hiring decision at any time after. It will be to the applicant's advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.
 
This full time, permanent position offers competitive benefits including fully covered medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance. The Aquarium additionally offers a 403b matching retirement account, 16 vacation days, 9 holidays, paid sick time, and an Employee Assistance Program.
 
 
POSITION TITLE:         Aquarist 2
 
REPORTS TO:              Curator of Fish and Invertebrates
 
JOB SUMMARY:          Under the general direction of the Curator the Aquarist is directly responsible for all activities relating to the daily care of one or more animal galleries.  The Aquarist is responsible for all aspects of animal care including feeding, health assessment, exhibit and/or system design and construction and maintenance.  They are also responsible for animal collection in the natural environment using acceptable methods, including SCUBA diving.
 
FLSA Status:                Non-exempt
 
 
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  1. Participates in the daily cleaning, feeding, and husbandry of the animals under their care in accordance with standards set by the Curator.  Assures normal operation and maintenance of exhibit and holding life support systems.
  2. Participates in specimen collection and transport as needed. Assists in safe boating operations.
  3. Reports unusual conditions or illnesses in the animals and assists, when trained and appropriate, in their treatment.  
  4. Monitors exhibit water quality and performs water quality analysis as necessary and appropriate.  
  5. Maintains all written and computer records relating to gallery inventories.
  6. Works with other Aquarium functions as needed and appropriate, such as volunteer training, assisting with promotional events, and writing newsletter articles.  Positively and accurately represents the Aquarium in presentations and tours given to media, staff, and visitors.
  7. Demonstrates a continued interest in advancements in the aquarist field.
  8. Performs scuba diving or snorkeling as needed for exhibit maintenance or as required.
  9. Presents at workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs, and behind the scenes tours when opportunities are available.
  10. May oversee volunteer or intern programs.
  11. Attains ability to cover any system at the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
  12. Maintains a high level of professionalism and performs as a role model for other aquarists.
  13. Acts as liaison between the staff and management team on weekends, holidays, or in the absence of the curatorial staff.
  14. Leads field collection trips and/or animal transport trips.
  15. Leads or collaborates on conservation related projects.
  16. Leads exhibit renovation projects when necessary or scheduled.
  17. Performs other duties as assigned. The above accountabilities represent work performed by this position and are not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific accountability will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related to or a logical extension of the position.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
This position will be tasked with assessing, scheduling and managing the volunteer effort for the department under the guidance of the Curator.
 
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (Minimum levels):
A degree in a biology or zoology related field is desired.  Three years of experience in the husbandry of captive fish and invertebrates is required.  The incumbent must have substantive experience working with captive fish and invertebrates or fisheries biology.  If necessary, at least five years of public aquarium experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.  Knowledge of Northwest aquatic life is preferred. A scuba diving certification with cold water experience is preferred.  Knowledge of aquarium systems, biology, and health assessment and subsequent treatment are required.  Knowledge of and ability to use computers and standard, commonly accepted computer programs are required.  Ability to work under limited supervision, both independently and in a team environment is essential. Good communication skills and the ability to make short presentations to visitor and volunteer groups is required. A valid Oregon Driver’s License is required.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
 
The work involves considerable standing and moving about on surfaces that are often wet and slippery.  The incumbent must be able to work with their arms immersed in cold water for long periods of time.  The ability to ascend and descend steep ladders/steps is required.  The incumbent is required to work in dive gear weighing up to 80 pounds and in cold water with sometimes poor visibility.  The ability to lift and carry up to 60 pounds is required. The incumbent, when trained appropriately, may use or be near strong magnets.
 
MENTAL, HEARING, AND VISUAL DEMANDS:
 
The work involves continuous mental and visual attention involving reading, analyzing, visualizing, or otherwise performing very involved, comprehensive work.  The incumbent must be able to differentiate the sounds of various motors, compressors, and other machinery.
 
WORKING CONDITIONS:
 
The work is typically performed working in and around tanks of cold sea water, as well as diving in cold sea water with poor visibility.  Some sedentary work is required when performing record keeping duties at a computer station.
 
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
 
Compliance with appropriate company standards is required.

Perks

This full time, permanent position offers competitive benefits including fully covered medical, dental, vision, life, and short-term disability insurance. The Aquarium additionally offers a 403b matching retirement account, 16 vacation days, 9 holidays, paid sick time, and an Employee Assistance Program.

How to Apply

Please email a Resume and Cover Letter to: jobs@aquarium.org
Closing Date: October 4th @11PM Pacific
 
Finalists will be required to complete an on-site interview, including an in-water diving evaluation (current diving medical needed prior to visit
 
Candidate screening will begin as early as September 27th, 2022, and the hiring authority may exercise the option to make a
hiring decision at any time after. It will be to the applicant's advantage to submit materials as soon as possible.

Oregon Coast Aquarium
2820 SE FERRY SLIP RD
NEWPORT, OR 97365
Phone: 5418673474

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