The National Aquarium is looking for a Herpetologist for our Rainforest Exhibit to provide excellent day-to-day care and observation to assigned specimens, keep exhibits and back up areas well maintained and organize and participate in the acquisition, disposition, transport and acclimation of specimens.

Essential Functions:

  • Organizes the acclimation, care and feeding of plants and animals in their assigned area. Provides husbandry coverage to other areas as needs arise.
  • Organizes and participates in the acquisition and transport of plants and animals.
  • Prepares and maintains an area manual with up-to-date information on all assigned exhibits, reserve tanks, and their associated life-support systems and specimens. Maintains weekly coverage notes for specific husbandry instructions.
  • Participates, taking a lead role, in the design and construction of new and renovated exhibits, maintenance, and appearance of existing exhibits and support areas, including life support materials and equipment.
  • Serves as a representative of the Aquarium to the public and the media.
  • Participates in various committees as needed
  • Responds to life-support and animal related emergencies, at times after hours.
  • Provides back-up support to other departments as needed.
  • Runs all aspects of a captive breeding program, threatened species project, research or conservation project with coordination with the curator, as assigned.

Qualifications/Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Herpetology, or related major, or equivalent experience, is required.
  • A minimum of one year experience in a zoo, aquarium, or other zoological facility with emphasis on closed systems required.
  • Experience with venomous species and crocodilians preferred.
  • Must be highly knowledgeable of herpetocultural practices and can apply them to an Aquarium setting.
  • Must be able to work safely around potential dangerous animals and situations (i.e. electrical equipment near water).
  • Proficiency regarding treatment of common diseases, aquatic husbandry techniques, basic life-support technology, and basic aquarium/terrarium maintenance, including water quality, cleaning, and basic exhibitry.
  • Skilled at observing any signs of illness or injury, monitor eating patterns or any changes in behavior.

If you are passionate about providing excellent animal care and have an interest in joining a team in an innovative, conservation organization, please apply for this outstanding opportunity!


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 36-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. Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing [email protected]

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