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Reports To: Aquarium Supervisor
Status: Non Exempt
Blank Park Zoo is seeking a seasonal aquarist to join the fish, invertebrate, amphibian, reptile, and otter team. The aquarist will be responsible for performing a variety of tasks related to the care and maintenance of the freshwater aquarium routine.
The following duties are essential to this position. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Candidate should have knowledge of water quality, life support systems, common herpetological diseases, and ability to identify amphibian and reptile species. 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.
Completion of two years of college with major course work in marine biology, zoology, or related natural science and one to two years of unpaid or paid experience in the care of captive fish and invertebrate species in a zoological setting.
Ability to communicate effectively to all ages of visitors and staff.
Ability to understand written reports and animal data collection.
Ability to participate in research projects, write appropriate articles, communicate with colleagues, present findings at conferences.
All normal computer business skills required
Understanding of modern zoological and aquarium management, ability to research all applicable topics.
Scuba certification required, Iowa motor vehicle license
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.
Ability to bend, twist, lift >50 pounds, climb ladders etc. to perform animal and exhibit care tasks. Ability to haul out of exhibits when diving. Must be able to visually observe subtle changes in animal behaviors or health. Must meet all demands of the Dive Manual health requirements and physical abilities. Must be able to use hand held communication devices.
Please complete the Blank Park Zoo on-line application and attach a cover letter and resume.
Blank Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer and give employment and promotional consideration without regard to race, color, sex, religion, age, disability, disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, and any other protected class as required by local, state, or federal law. We seek applicants for employment who are dedicated, hardworking and seek fulfilling employment. In return Blank Park Zoo offers competitive income, benefits, and an excellent working environment.