The Biologist 2 position reports to the Director of Animal Care, Curator, and Assistant Curator of Animal Care. Responsibilities include a wide range of exhibit management and animal husbandry duties. Must have a minimum of one year paid experience working with aquatic animals. Must be able to interact professionally with guests, staff, and aquarium volunteers to maintain a high-quality guest experience. May supervise volunteers.
PRIMARY DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
* Monitor animal health, water quality, life support equipment function, maintenance, and display aesthetics of animal exhibits.
* Manage specific projects that might include water quality, jelly culturing, amphibian care, reptile care, small mammal care, food acquisition and preparation, animal collection, and vessel maintenance projects.
* Develop and prepare diets to meet nutritional requirements; administer medical treatments to mammals, fishes and invertebrates.
* Collect live animals and maintain animal care and transport equipment.
* SCUBA dive in main displays.
* Participate in SCUBA dives in open water for collection on a variety of vessels.
* Other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each primary duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Exercise discretion and independent judgment while completing all aspects of animal husbandry including equipment care and animal acquisition.
Work without supervision while monitoring animal health, water quality and life support equipment function.
Interact with colleagues, volunteers and aquarium guests in a positive and professional manner at all times.
Maintain electronic animal care data, return telephone messages and e-mails in a timely fashion.
Ability to problem-solve independently.
Demonstrated initiative and attention to detail.
Experience with life support equipment including pumps, filters, sterilizers, and oxygen.
Ability to administer medical treatments to mammals, fish and invertebrates.
Familiarity with the basic parameters of water quality and treatment.
Ability to train and assist less experienced staff.
Some knowledge of animal necropsy techniques and tissue sampling.
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EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
4-year college degree
Minimum of one year paid experience as a Biologist 1
Minimum of 10 open water dives
Ability to write memos and reports, and to present to live audiences
Proven success developing and working on independent projects; ability to work unsupervised
Knowledge of aquatic animal collection techniques
Knowledge of local animal species and local animal habitats
Knowledge of biological and chemical processes of closed system marine aquariums
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
Ability to speak effectively before groups and/or individuals.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 100 feet. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The position requires walking on concrete floors and climbing stairs, standing, and intervals of time outdoors in varying environmental conditions. The position requires SCUBA certification and the ability to SCUBA dive in displays and open water for collection. An employee must also have the ability to travel by car, boat and air as needed, physically use SCUBA equipment, conduct field work in the collection and research of animals, and maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals. Must either have or be able to attain a California Driver's License and be willing to be trained to drive a large vehicle and drive to off-site meetings/special events. DMV clearance required upon hire.
This is a full-time, non-exempt position
Evening, weekend and holidays may be required
Statutory benefits included after an introductory period has been completed