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Tennessee Aquarium

Herpetologist II

Herpetologist II

At the Tennessee Aquarium, we strive to connect people with nature and empower them to make informed decisions about water and wildlife. We are passionate about our values, which include respect for conservation, a mindset of lifelong learning, and a collaborative, learning-based, respectful work environment.

As a Herpetologist II, you will participate in the husbandry of reptiles (including venomous snakes) and amphibian specimens. Your responsibilities include a working knowledge of a horticultural program as well as performing daily maintenance and care of specimens, exhibits, and off-exhibit reptile and amphibian holding and quarantine areas. You will maintain and monitor reptile egg incubation and rearing equipment and procedures. Assesses daily the status and condition of all specimens, exhibits, and backup areas within the area of responsibility.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Observes all specimens to detect health problems, behavioral interactions, reproductive behavior, etc. Assists veterinarian in reptile and amphibian health procedures.
  2. Submits daily reports on ZIMS for reptile and amphibian areas that may include feeding, medical procedures, environmental parameters, incubation data, and specimen weights and measurements.
  3. Conducts new and background research on diet, behavior, life history, and exhibit needs of reptiles and amphibians.
  4. Assists in the identification of available specimens from other facilities, preparation, and shipping, receiving of specimens. Assists in field collecting.
  5. Interacts with guests, and answers questions from visitors or callers. Assists with training and supervision of Forest section interns and volunteers
  6. Participates in cross-functional activities like conducting tours, educational programs, etc., for the public, members, media, education staff, docents, etc.

Key Requirements

  • Employed a minimum of three years at the herpetologist I level at an AZA-accredited institution or equivalent non-AZA institution
  • Demonstrated expertise in a biological grouping or some similar specialty related to the position
  • Endorsement by immediate supervisors
  • Performs work as a team player and provides a positive leadership role for peers, colleagues, interns, and volunteers
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in public speaking, such as educational programs, members programs, etc.
  • Experience in breeding, daily, and medical care of amphibians, experience with handling and care of venomous and nonvenomous snakes, and daily and medical care of chelonians
  • Experience with the daily care of plants

Working Conditions

  • Normal office environment
  • Frequent wet and slippery surroundings; frequent hot or cold settings; frequent exposure to odors, etc.
  • Exposure to potentially dangerous animals (e.g., venomous snakes, crocodilians)
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds; Ability to climb ladders and work in tight or awkward spaces

Full-time, hourly; must be flexible to work weekends and after-hours as needed

All submissions must be received by December 2, 2022.

The Tennessee Aquarium is an equal-opportunity employer committed to promoting an inclusive environment that values and supports diversity and equality among staff, volunteers, and all its audiences.




For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

https://www.applicantpro.com/j/2661434-162629

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.

https://www.applicantpro.com/j/2661434-162629

Tennessee Aquarium
1 Broad St
Chattanooga, TN 37402

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