Assists with the care of aquarium specimens with excellent day-to-day care; keeps exhibits, reserve tanks, support equipment, and workspaces well maintained to Museum standards. This position will assist with the care and maintenance of the Baptist Miami Cancer Institute (MCI) jelly exhibits at their location in Kendall. Helps with water quality and accurate recordkeeping. Interacts with guests in a positive manner ensuring they have a great experience. The aquarist works collaboratively throughout the Museum and at MCI in a creative environment and contributes to the efficient operation of the department. This aquarist position is a part time position working 24hrs a week. Work will be at the Museum and at the Baptist Miami Cancer Institute.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assist with the maintenance of an environment conducive to the health and well-being of all animals within the Museum’s collection.
- Completes inspection rounds of specimens, exhibits and reserve tanks to check status and identify and report potential problems.
- Prepares food and assists with feeding of the animal collection. Cleans and provides daily maintenance to food preparation areas, food preparation equipment and utensils.
- Prepares diets and diet supplements according to established protocols to ensure nutrition and vitamin content are maintained to keep specimens at peak health.
- Follows established feeding schedules and feeds appropriate amounts to maintain specimens at a healthy weight.
- Maintains detailed, daily husbandry records.
- Maintains cleanliness and artistic quality of the displays through cleaning acrylic and decor, scrubbing algae and removing debris to meet established Museum standards.
- Performs water quality tests on a rotational basis.
- Cleans back-up areas including scrubbing, mopping, and vacuuming water.
- Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures
- Ensures that goals for an excellent visitor experience are met and maintained.
- Other duties as assigned or required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Basic knowledge of animal care.
- Must have keen observation skills and be highly detail-oriented and adept at problem solving.
- Skill in organizing resources and maintaining priorities.
- Skill in database management.
- Ability to work collaboratively to implement Museum and departmental goals.
- Ability to follow laws and regulations relating to the care of wildlife in accordance with the Museum and industry best practices.
- Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials using basic computer skills in Word, Excel, internet navigation, e-mail and spreadsheet programs.
- Ability to problem solve and troubleshoot problems.
- Ability to decide when to act independently and when to seek consultation of curatorial staff.
- Able to work well with supervisors and staff.
- Ability to work holidays and weekends.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- Some college level experience in Biological or Environmental Science is preferred.
- Previous experience in aquatic animal husbandry at an aquarium or zoo through volunteer work, internships. (work in an AZA accredited facility is preferred).
- SCUBA certified preferred.
- Driver’s license required.
The physical demands 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 regularly required to sit; use hands to handle, or feel; and talk and hear. The employee is required to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time, along with climbing and reaching with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move from to 50. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Must be able to work in high and low/ places.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those as employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Work is performed both indoors and in outdoor settings. Outdoor work subject to temperatures up to 100 degrees, rain, humidity and sun.
- Level 2 background clearance as defined by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
- Drug screening as part of the Drug Free Workplace Program.
- Must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine(s) by date of hire to be considered for employment unless applicant is eligible for an exemption pursuant to all applicable laws.
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