- Baltimore, MD
The National Aquarium is seeking candidates to fill two open positions as Aquarists on our Blue Wonders team. These full-time positions function within the Blue Wonders - Galleries area. One position is the Maryland Gallery Aquarist and the other functions as a Floating Aquarist. Applicants must be able to work weekends and holidays as scheduled.
- Provide assigned specimens with excellent day-to-day care through approved husbandry practices and standards.
- Keep exhibits and holding systems well maintained via hydro-cleaning, water changes, filter backwashing, and related cleaning procedures.
- Keep back-up spaces and work area well maintained.
- Maintain life support systems and related equipment.
- Participate in the acquisition, transport, and acclimation of specimens.
- Participate in the design, construction, and maintenance of exhibits and holding systems, including life support material and equipment.
- Administer medical treatments with the guidance of the veterinarians and curatorial team.
- Be accountable for the animals and systems under care in respective exhibits.
- Provide coverage and support for other sections as assigned, with longer assignments possible in cases of vacation or leave.
- Maintain detailed records on feeding, maintenance, and other husbandry related tasks.
- Become proficient in our animal data management software – Tracks.
- Conduct presentations and interact with visitors.
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Marine Science or related field; or completed advanced college-level related coursework; or comparable work experience.
- Knowledge of water chemistry, aquatic husbandry, biology, and marine science, including detailed knowledge of the biology and taxonomy of a variety of marine fish and invertebrates.
- Knowledge of aquarium systems and life support for closed systems.
- At least 1 year of experience working with aquatic taxa in a public aquarium or other zoological setting.
- Excellent observational, decision making, problem solving, and reporting skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills, an ability to create positive workplace team partnerships, and a high regard for operating in a professional environment.
- Ability to obtain a MD driver’s license, SCUBA certification from a recognized organization, pass a dive physical examination and swim skills assessment.
- Availability to work holidays, weekends, and evening hours as needed.
- Floating Aquarist has a non-negotiable Thursday to Monday Schedule with Tuesday and Wednesday off.
- Ability to climb ladders and lift and carry 50 lbs.
The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AQUARIUM
Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.
Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 37 year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.
HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website http://aqua.org/jobs. A CV/resume should be attached in .PDF format along with a cover letter addressing the responsibilities and requirements. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing HR@aqua.org.
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