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Blank Park Zoo is seeking an aquarist to join the fish, invertebrate, amphibian, and reptile team. The aquarist will be responsible for performing a variety of tasks related to the care and maintenance of aquatic exhibits and quarantine systems, conservation efforts, and zoo facilities.
Responsible for all aspects of the care and management of the Aquarium’s fish, invertebrate collection including but not limited to:
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 aquatic diseases, and ability to identify fish 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 year of experience in the care of animals in a zoological setting OR any equivalent combination in which education and experience are interchangeable at the rate of one year of education for one year of experience.
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.
Ability to swim and function in all types of weather and work in loud service areas.
Please complete an online application and attach a cover letter and resume, or email a Blank Park Zoo application with cover letter and resume to: Blank Park Zoo Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org or send by mail to Blank Park Zoo Human Resources, 7401 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315.