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Aquarist

Employer
South Carolina Aquarium
Location
North Charleston, South Carolina, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Sector
Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Invertebrates
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Join the South Carolina Aquarium family located on the pristine Charleston Harbor located in Charleston, South Carolina.

At the South Carolina Aquarium, we are committed to creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. Our culture is built on having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together to increase our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission. It brings us together in ways that help us stand out. We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

The Aquarium requires all paid staff and volunteers to demonstrate proof of COVID 19 vaccination as a condition of employment.

JOB SUMMARY:

Responsible for all aspects of exhibit and holding tank maintenance within an assigned gallery. Also responsible for the acquisition, transport, and care of aquatic specimens, maintenance of life support systems, and maintaining proper water quality. Coverage of other aquarium galleries including fish, mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates is required. Exhibit diving via scuba and surface supply.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

• Adheres to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies & Procedures.
• Maintains exhibit aesthetics, tank and filtration cleaning, and periodic renovations.
• Maintains proper water quality in all systems.
• Locates and acquires desired specimens primarily by collecting.
• Evaluates animal health and environment requirements.
• Works with veterinary staff on medical treatments and procedures.
• Develops and distributes a proper nutritional diet.
• Quarantines and administers medications to animals.
• Keep accurate husbandry logs and records data in TRACKS.
• Designs, constructs, and maintains life support systems.
• Provides coverage for other animal care positions as required.
• Provides periodic interaction with Aquarium
• Orders supplies and maintains equipment as needed.
• Must be flexible with work schedule, including working weekends, holidays, and evenings.
• Be able to work unsupervised and make decisions consistent with the team philosophy.
• Supervises volunteers and interns.

OTHER DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
• Other responsibilities (meetings, committees etc....).
• Participation on the Ride-out Team may be required during severe weather events with short notice.
• Keep back-up areas clean, organized, and well stocked.
• Hire, schedule, supervise, train, and mentor volunteers and interns.
• Support the aquarium mission by participating in sponsored programs and events on a regular basis, including meet-the-keeper programming, social media content, and in-person interview.

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, and ABILITIES:

• Ability to recognize and prevent diseases.
• Ability to properly collect and handle specimens.
• Good working knowledge of water quality. · Understand the mechanical equipment necessary to maintain living exhibits including sand filters, water pumps, protein skimmers, heat exchangers, ozone, and UV filters.
• Knowledge and demonstrated skill for minor plumbing, carpentry and electrical work.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work with others in a team environment.
• Ability to pass dive physical, dive skill evaluation and swim test within two months of hire.
• Three years of dive experience in a public aquarium setting with a minimum of fifty dives.
• Ability to dive with and handle sharks, rays, eels, and sea turtles.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

• BS in biology, aquatic biology, a closely related field.
• Minimum of three years experience in exhibiting aquatic animals at an AZA-accredited facility or acceptable equivalent.

LICENSED and CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

• SCUBA Certification
• Valid Driver's License

SUPERVISION OF OTHERS:

• Volunteers and Interns

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Requires average walking, standing, bending, stooping, and crouching, climbing ladders, sitting, kneeling, balancing, pushing, pulling, crawling, working with tools, computer tasks and phone usage; should be able to lift/carry at least 50 lbs.; requires driving Aquarium vehicles.

HAZARDOUS REQUIREMENTS:

Average exposure to minor or severe cuts; falls; falling objects; hazards to eyesight, hearing and sense of smell; and tight spaces. Often requires use of personal protective equipment due to exposure to chemicals, hazardous materials, ozone, and handling of animals.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

This position requires works in both an office environment and outdoors, sometimes in extreme weather including both hot and cold; requires weekend and late night work as needed; requires contact with customers, the general public, and outside vendors; requires carrying a cell phone and radio; requires occasional travel.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not construed to be an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by the personnel classified.

The Aquarium is an "at-will" employer, and as such, employment with the Aquarium is not for a fixed term, or definite period and may be terminated at the will of either party, with or without cause, and without prior notice.

The South Carolina Aquarium is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
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