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Senior Aquarist

Saint Louis County, Missouri, US
Closing date
May 14, 2022

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Conservation science
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St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Senior Aquarist

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for the day-to-day husbandry operations in the Aquarium. Primary responsibilities include the care and wellbeing of all animals under the facility's care; maintenance of all habitats; and positive team approach within the Life Sciences Department.

Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Supervise and undertake daily operations within the Life Sciences Department to ensure highest level of safety, courtesy, education, efficiency and operational readiness at all times.
  • Maintain positive representation to professional agencies, institutions and various committees.
  • Insure compliance with health and safety standards in accordance with local municipality, state and federal rules and regulations.
  • Supervise animal care and ensure habitats meet compliance of facility specific policies and procedures.
  • Perform duties in order to reduce loss/waste, control costs and accurately communicate expenses.
  • Proactively assist in the implementation of new habitats and educational opportunities in order to maximize revenues and guest experience.
  • Maintain up-to-date electronic records on animal health, water quality, system maintenance, system checks and stock reports.
  • Monitor and identify animal health concerns, disease diagnosis and water quality concerns.
  • Communicate to Animal Care Managers, veterinary and water quality staff any animal health concerns to develop and implement a care and treatment plan.
  • Compliance of all policy and procedure documents.
  • Assist in emergency situations to minimize damage, loss or injury to guests, team members, animals or company property.
  • In collaboration with Guest Experience Department and the Aquarium Foundation, ensure habitats and programs engage, educate and entertain diverse audiences.
  • Work closely with the Aquarium Foundation to ensure volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement.
  • Perform daily dive requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Skills & Qualifications:
  • Three years + experience with animal husbandry required.
  • PADI Open water Scuba Certification or higher required.
  • First Aid, Emergency O2, and AED certification preferred.
  • Degree in wildlife/marine biology or relevant work experience required.
  • Background in fresh and saltwater aquariums, reptiles, amphibians, birds or small mammals required.
  • Experience in the care of flora and fauna in a public aquarium setting preferred.
  • Competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong listening, presentation and decision-making skills.

How to Apply

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St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

St. Louis, MO
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