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The Florida Aquarium

Biologist 1

Position Summary

Work on the Animal Care & Health Team to achieve The Florida Aquarium’s mission to entertain, educate, and inspire stewardship about our natural environment by exemplifying the Aquarium’s values of Respect, Trust, and Excellence.  Directly care for the aquarium’s animals within our collection.   Perform essential and secondary job functions in accordance with the standards of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and requirements of various regulatory agencies.  

Essential Position Duties

  • Ability to work in a team setting as well as independently.
  • Demonstrates knowledge in providing the highest level of animal care and welfare
  • Performs daily animal husbandry duties for animals; including but not limited to habitat maintenance, prepping food, feeding and training animals
  • Familiarity with operating life support systems
  • Ability to recognize issues related to animal health 
  • Maintains accurate daily records
  • Provides a high level of guest experience
  • Promptly reports any animal injury, illness or abnormal behavior to the curatorial team to ensure the highest standards for all animals
  • Cleans exhibit pathways as well as service, holding, and backup areas

Secondary Functions

  • Demonstrates interpersonal skills that embody The Florida Aquarium’s values of trust, respect and excellence
  • Understands and knows role in a team setting 
  • Executes work processes as directed
  • Assist with maintaining supplies and equipment necessary for the care of the collection
  • Adheres to and assists with writing husbandry SOPs as directed
  • Works with volunteers and interns within scope of the position
  • All other duties as required

Education, Requirements, and Technical Skills

  • Minimum of 1.5 years’ experience in an aquarium or zoo facility
  • BS or higher degree in a biological science or related field. Additional experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • Knowledge of the husbandry needs of a diverse animal collection consisting of fish and invertebrates
  • Knowledge of life support systems and water quality parameters for aquatic species
  • Knowledge of animal record keeping systems (Species360) preferred
  • Knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook) 
  • SCUBA certification required 
  • Must be willing and able to obtain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License
  • Flexibility in working weekends, evenings, and holidays

Core Value Competencies

  • Customer Service Orientation — Listening to and understanding the customer (both internal and       external) and anticipating and evaluating the customer’s needs; making the customer’s satisfaction a high priority in all areas of responsibility
  • Teamwork — Supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrating sensitivity for the feelings and needs of team members and supporting team goals
  • Communication (oral and written) — Effectively expressing ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listening to individuals and groups; preparing and focusing presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; expressing ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents
  • Leadership (Individual) — Effective and appropriate use of interpersonal skills to motivate individuals toward the accomplishment of goals; co-creating and communicating in a clear vision through emphasis on the organization’s mission, individual and team goals, systems and rewards
  • Professional/Technical Knowledge and Competency — Remains current on developments in the field within and outside the organization; maintains proficiencies
  • Analysis — Obtaining relevant information and identifying key issues and relationships from a base of information; comparing data from different sources (both interactive and written); defining underlying problems or opportunities and recognizing trends; defining and structuring functions and teams based on key strategies and goals
  • Planning and organizing — Establishing a course of action with specific long-range goals for the aquarium; setting priorities among competing requirements and allocating resources in the most efficient and effective way; developing contingency plans that anticipate changes in the work environment

Typical Physical Requirements

  • Standing (4 hours per day)
  • Walking (4 hours per day)
  • Bending/Stooping — Occasionally
  • Squatting — Occasionally
  • Climbing stairs —Frequently
  • Reaching above shoulders — Occasionally
  • Crouching — Occasionally
  • Kneeling — Occasionally
  • Pushing/Pulling — Occasionally
  • Carrying (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
  • Lifting (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
  • Working near moving machinery — Occasionally
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity
  • Exposure to dust, fumes and gases
  • Typing on a computer keyboard
  • Viewing a computer screen for extended periods
  • Coping with demands (stresses that are associated with the job and/or the work environment so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained)
  • Ability to travel (car) as needed — locally and/or nationally
  • Ability to travel (air) as needed
  • Ability to conduct collection related field work
  • Daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals in a central Florida climate
  • Flexibility in working weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Available for on-call emergencies
  • Ability to interact and be around wild animals 
  • Exposure to various plants and birds
  • Subject to bites, stings and scrapes

Further Comments

Part-Time Position


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The Florida Aquarium
701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 8132734000

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