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Aquarist

Employer
Indianapolis Zoo
Location
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jan 31, 2022

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Sector
Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Marine
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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DIVE into an exciting opportunity with the Indianapolis Zoo! We are currently on the hunt for full-time (40 hours per week) and part-time (20-29 hours per week) Aquarists to join our school! From caring for our marine fish and invertebrates and maintaining the underwater exhibits, to assisting with exhibit modification and monitoring life support systems and water quality, our Aquarists are an integral part to our Oceans Department.
Ideal candidates are committed to advancing the Zoo's mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world. Prior experience working with marine fish, invertebrates, water quality, and animal training is highly desirable. The successful candidate must be team-oriented with an attitude temperamentally suitable to work closely with aquatic animals. Good observational skills are essential. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Life Sciences or a related field is required. This role requires flexibility with shifts, weekend, holiday, overtime and/ or varied shift work is required.
The position requires the following:
  • Must follow all safety Policies and Procedures of the Indianapolis Zoo.
  • Professional work experience in animal training, care, and conservation preferred, not required.
  • Knowledge of water quality pertaining to marine fish and invertebrates is strongly desired.
  • Primarily an indoor setting but occasionally will be exposed to outdoor environment and conditions to move from building to building.
  • Will be required to know and implement species quarantine procedures as directed by Area Manager.
  • Must be able to participate in and develop area chats, feeds and behind the scene tours.
  • Proven public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Assists with research projects.
  • Assists with exhibit modifications.
  • Must have SCUBA certification or be able to acquire within six months of hire.
  • Must be able to pass and maintain dive physical from a Zoo approved physician.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive benefits package to all eligible (full-time/ 40 hr./ week) employees. Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), immediate paid holidays, and a complimentary Zoo membership for employees.
Qualifying part-time regular employees (20-29 hours per week) are eligible to receive 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), immediate paid holidays, and a complimentary Zoo membership for employees.
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a criminal history and driving record check, and a drug test. The Indianapolis Zoo is requiring all Zoo employees and volunteers to be Covid-19 vaccinated unless individuals require a medical or religious belief accommodation. If hired, vaccination must be completed prior to first working day or accommodation request must be approved prior to first working day.
To apply:
  • Interested candidates must complete an online Zoo application by the January 31, 2022 deadline.
  • To be considered, applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements.
  • Please note, the Zoo reserves the right to remove this job posting at any time.

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The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be a Smoke-Free/ Drug-Free/ Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)/ Child Safe Work Environment._

Job Type: Full-time
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