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AQ Aquarist

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Operations, the Aquarist will fill the primary role of providing high standard husbandry care and maintenance for all aquatic exhibits, displaying local Santa Monica Bay species. As an Aquarist you will be expected to have a strong base understanding of aquarium science, the ability to support projects, develop volunteers, and contribute to the overall mission of Heal the Bay.


? Essential Job Functions Include:?

  • Daily duties include but are not limited to: cleaning exhibits, food preparation and feedings, treating any injured/diseased individuals as necessary, making observations and recognizing abnormal animal behavior/appearance, acting upon/reporting such observations in a timely manner, and completing all necessary records and paperwork thoroughly
  • Maintains all life support systems equipment, aquarium exhibits, and facilities. Assists in identifying issues, any necessary repairs, the development of new systems, and reports needed supplies
  • Performs routine water quality analysis, monitors trends, and makes necessary adjustments to maintain ideal aquatic habitat conditions
  • Assists with acquiring all aquatic specimens through industry supplier purchase, zoological institution trade/donation or in boat collecting trips
  • Assists with veterinary/medical procedures under the guidance of the HTB contracted veterinarian and Associate Director of Operations.
  • Assists with procurement of supplies and equipment within quarterly/monthly designated budgets
  • Assists in the advancement and implementation of exhibit goals by contributing to design and management
  • Trains, develops, and oversees the work of aquarist volunteers and interns
  • Contributes to the mission of Heal the Bay by creating exhibit displays and work that promotes science, education, community action, and advocacy
  • Performs all other duties as required
  • Preferred Experience/Skills:
    • Bachelors degree in biology, fisheries, zoology or related field required OR equivalent experience.
    • 1-3 years of progressive levels of responsibility providing daily husbandry to aquatic animals
    • Knowledge of modern principles of animal care and welfare, including behavioral enrichment, habitat, nutrition, disease, training, water quality, and transport
    • Open Water SCUBA certified. Rescue Diver Certification preferred or the ability to get the certification within 4 months of hire
    • Ability to lift and carry 50 pounds, kneel, bend, crouch, squat, and stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability to work effectively in wet conditions indoors and out, as well as, in inclement weather
    • Experience with computerized record keeping software such as Tracks is highly preferred
  • If you dont meet all of the preferred skills above, you are still encouraged to apply and will be considered based on diverse and equivalent skills and experience.

    Compensation: This is a full-time position $20-$24 per hour with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld subject to CA overtime laws.

    Benefits: There are dental, medical, health insurance, and vacation benefits included as part of employment. In accordance with California Labor Law, employee will be eligible to receive up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year, after completing 90 days of employment. All Heal the Bay recognized Holidays will be compensated in accordance to time worked.

    Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours per week. Must be available for weekends, evenings, and holidays.

    Application Deadline: April 9, 2023


Posted: 2023-03-15 Expires: 2023-04-16

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