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Aquarist-Larval Programs

The National Aquarium
Baltimore, United States Posted: March 11, 2024

The National Aquarium is seeking an experienced candidate to fill the position of Aquarist on our Animal Care and Rescue team. This full-time position will report to our off-site holding/quarantine facility and be primarily involved in the development of our larval programs. Applicants must be able to work weekends and holidays as scheduled.

  • Leads culturing of fish and invertebrates and all associated care and record keeping.
  • Leads efforts in broodstock management and egg collection.
  • Provides assigned animals with excellent day-to-day care through approved husbandry practices and standards.
  • Participates in the design, construction, and maintenance of appropriate holding systems, including life support, to support the larval program.
  • Builds and maintains live food holding tanks and cultures.
  • Participates in and reports on relevant larval programs within AZA.
  • Keeps all work areas well maintained.
  • Participates in the acquisition, transport, and acclimation of animals.
  • Administers medical treatments with the guidance of veterinarians and curatorial team.
  • Provides coverage and support for other sections as needed.
  • Maintains detailed records on feeding, maintenance, and other husbandry related tasks.
  • Become proficient in our animal data management software – Tracks.
Experience Required
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, Marine Science, or related field; or combination of relevant coursework or experience.
  • Knowledge of water chemistry, aquatic husbandry, biology, and marine science, including detailed knowledge of the biology and taxonomy of a variety of teleosts and invertebrates.
  • Knowledge of aquarium systems and life support for closed systems.
  • 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 valid U.S.
  • Driver's License.
  • Availability to work holidays, weekends, and evening hours as needed.
  • 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.
Further Comments
  • 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 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 Care and Welfare 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.
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  • Dental,
  • Vision,
  • 401(K) match and More!

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