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SEA LIFE Aquarium Minnesota

Aquarist II

About the Role

The Aquarist position is on the Displays team. The position will be full time hourly with benefits. This role works closely with the Lead Aquarist, has the ability to train others, and performs job duties without guidance Compensation for this opportunity starts at $21.00 per hour.

**Compensation rates dependent upon skillsets and experience related to the opportunity

  • Provide daily care of animal exhibits including diet preparation, feeding, general care and maintenance of aquatic displays in accordance with established protocols.
  • Assist the displays team with the management and oversight of all husbandry and life support of aquarium systems while ensuring a consistently high standard of animal care and displays presentation throughout all public and behind scenes.
  • Maintain and prepare accurate daily records for aquarium systems and exhibit specimens. Interacts with guests, management, veterinarians, and other individuals as required.
  • Assist the Senior Displays staff with the husbandry and life support of aquarium systems while ensuring a consistently high standard of animal care.
  • Weekly SCUBA diving for exhibit maintenance and target feeding.
  • Assist with specimen transports, water quality testing, quarantine, diagnosis and treatment of fish disease.
  • Assist in the continual development of the displays areas in line with the long term goals of the company.
  • Adopts a passionate approach to guest service by improving guest engagement with creatures.
  • Delivers world-class aquatic and terrestrial displays by actively listening, communicating, and engaging with team members, managers, and guests.
  • Follow the sites animal care protocols and programs such as understanding the dietary and nutritional needs of animals, proper preparation, and storage of food.
  • Ability to create a full Aquarium menu based on research of natural history and vet recommendations.
  • Explore the best processes on professional list serves and follow AZA standards.
  • Ability to implement suitable feeding protocols and create balanced diets to include supplementation. Monitoring both dry and wet food inventory while following safety procedures and following USDA regulations.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and manage care of displays and train others to do the same.
  • Ability to design a quarantine space to eliminate cross contamination, order proper supplies for use in quarantine and ability to train others on biocontainment principles.
  • Ability to plan and lead a team in moving animals from one display to another, pack animals for shipment, and take a leadership role in transports.
  • Ability to create a collection plan using the decision tree, integrating the needs of the institution's exhibiting goals with the CWE and the institution's sustainable sourcing goals.
  • Advanced ability to understand and use all tools and perform water chemistry analysis and spot trends in readings. (pH, Temperature, DO, NH3, NO2, NO3, Salinity, Alkalinity, Phosphates, TRO's, etc.)
  • Create Standard Operating Procedures and Protocols as needed.
  • Ability to train others in the proper methods for euthanizing an animal. Gaining proper authorization and calculation of drugs to show knowledge of all methods used for humane euthanasia.
  • Ability to do a post mortem/necropsy and send specimens out for history pathology. Ability to perform daily observations, monitoring for health issues and common types of parasites.
  • Understand and can train the proper drug administration, storage, disposal, and show the ability to carry out prescribed treatments.
  • Ability to train and perform operational procedures of filtration and life support systems. Ability to understand and perform plumbing skills.
  • Ability to implement and maintain proper records.
  • Ability to follow and improve the policies and procedure to maintain health, safety and security matters pertaining to team, guests, and animals, adhere to company health and safety policy.
  • Must be Open Water Certified with the ability to gain Rescue Certification.
  • Must pass a dive physical.
  • Must deliver diving operations on site safely by working in adherence to the Global SEA LIFE Dive Policy.

About You

  • A clear history of working with a variety of marine and freshwater species of fish and invertebrates in a professional setting.
  • Previous experience with the maintenance and operation of life support systems including sand filters, UV sterilizers and protein skimmers is beneficial.
  • Able to identify common fish diseases and experience of treatments
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Biological sciences is beneficial although not required. A clear passion for all things aquatic is the most crucial credential

Essential Requirements

  • Ability to acquire and hold a current First Aid and CPR certification.
  • Ability to acquire and hold valid Driver’s License.
  • Ability to work weekends and flexible hours.
  • Must pass a pre-employment placement physical.

Other Responsibilities

  • Ability to educate team members about creatures as needed.
  • Capable of training and mentoring junior displays team members on animal husbandry, water quality, life support systems and other aspects of the job role.
  • Strictly observes all appropriate financial authority mandates.
  • Can problem solve daily issues as they arise.
  • Ability to “think-on-feet”.
  • Demonstrates the Merlin Values at every opportunity.
  • Follow the SEA LIFE Animal Ethical Sourcing protocols and assisting in managing site collections to improve animal welfare.
  • Support SEA LIFE’s conservation efforts and initiatives through education and involvement.

Education and Experience

  • B.A/B.S. degree in Life Sciences (Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology, and Psychology) or a two-year certification from an accredited aquarium science/zoological program is preferred.
  • Ability to perform job functions of an Aquarist I.
  • Minimum 2-4 years of aquatic animal experience in a professional aquarium environment with demonstrated knowledge of safe animal handling practices and maintaining a safe working environment.
  • Experience in the husbandry of a variety of tropical and temperate marine and freshwater teleosts and invertebrates, elasmobranchs, cephalopods, cnidarians, syngnathids, reptiles, and amphibians, all to include display maintenance, behavioral observations, record keeping, nutrition, diet preparation, feeding techniques, disinfection procedures, and water quality. Specialization in Cnidarian husbandry or Quarantine preferred, but not required.
  • Valid Open Water SCUBA certification from a recognized recreational or commercial diver training agency. Rescue Diver certification preferred.
  • Preferred 1-2 years of recent dive experience in a public aquarium setting with a minimum of 15 dives completed in a large volume display of 70,000+ gallons.
  • Ability to pass a swim test and a dive physical within 3 months of hire.
  • Ability to obtain and hold a current First Aid, CPR, AED, DAN O2 certification.

Working Pattern

This position requires flexibility. Work hours require early mornings. Occasional late afternoons, evenings and may require overnight shifts.

Benefits of Merlin Entertainments

  • Excellent health care options (medical, dental, and vision that encourage preventative care).
  • Outstanding Paid Time Off (PTO) that allows for adventure, rest, relaxation, or recuperation.
  • Merlin Magic Pass for friends and family to enjoy the parks & attractions
  • Recognition Programs and Rewards
  • 401(k) program with company match
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Numerous learning and advancement opportunities

Everyone Matters at Merlin

At Merlin Entertainments, we welcome the world to our magical attractions and resorts every day, and we want to reflect that same multicultural mix inside our business too. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse workplace where people can be themselves, have the same opportunities and thrive together. Because at Merlin, everyone matters! Together, we work to build a workplace where everyone feels valued, no matter their age, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Although we understand that we'll always be learning and growing, we strive to be the most inclusive and flexible employer in our industry.

How to Apply

SEA LIFE Aquarium Minnesota
120 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425

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