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Biologist I (Wetlands)

Florida Aquarium
Tampa, United States Posted: July 06, 2024

The Biologist 1 position will be expected to execute routine husbandry in the area to which they are assigned.  This position is expected to play a supportive role in caring for and managing The Florida Aquarium’s (TFA) Wetlands collection.   This includes food preparation and feeding, habitat maintenance, LSS maintenance/ operation, and recognizing indications of illness or abnormal behavior.  They will develop skillsets both independently, and as part of a team, in providing the highest level of animal care.  This position is expected to work a minimum of 28 hours per week.

Essential Position Functions
  • Performs general daily husbandry functions including the maintenance of live exhibits, holding systems and quarantine facilities at a high level of quality
  • Develops and demonstrates acumen in universally accepted aquarium husbandry skill areas including:
  • Bird, Reptile, and Fresh and Marine organism handling, transport, acclimation and care
  • Animal quarantine, clinical treatments and marine animal health
  • Aquarium Life Support Systems (LSS) operation and maintenance
  • Live exhibit maintenance
  • Ensures accurate animal record keeping through consistent utilization of electronic record keeping system (Tracks)
  • Assure behavior meets the TFA’s values of Respect, Trust and Excellence
  • Interacts with Aquarium guests, donors and team members in a positive and professional manner
  • Maintain Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA) inspection readiness for exhibit, service, holding, and backup areas
  • Communicates ideas for exhibit improvements and modifications independently 
  • Executes behavior shaping plans for aquatic and terrestrial animals 
  • Identifies and solves obstacles with projects and tasks in a team setting
Secondary Functions
  • Maintains tools and equipment necessary for the care of the collection
  • Follows Animal Care Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Works with volunteers and interns within scope of position
  • Participates in meetings with curators, biologists, and other Aquarium departments
  • All other duties as required
Education, Requirements, and Technical Skills
  • Previous experience in a facility working with terrestrial and aquatic organisms, including but not limited to birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fishes, and plants preferred
  • Knowledge of habitat requirements, including Life Support Systems and Water Quality parameters for aquatic and terrestrial species preferred
  • Knowledge of animal record keeping systems (ZIMS/Tracks) preferred
  • Knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) 
  • Must be willing and able to obtain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License
  • Flexibility in working weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Customer Focus – Demonstrates courtesy, cooperation and friendliness with staff, volunteers and customers.
  • Actively listens, anticipates and evaluates the customer’s needs. Ensures that customer satisfaction is a priority in all areas of responsibility. Actively engages our customers while fulfilling job responsibilities. 
  • Interpersonal Skills/Teamwork — Support, facilitate, and participate in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrate sensitivity for the feelings and needs of team members and support team goals.
  • Communication (oral and written) — Effectively express ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listen to individuals and groups; prepare and focus presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; express ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents.
  • Concern for Detail — Pays attention to every portion of any task, down to the smallest item.
  • Work Standards—Applies high performance standards to all work-related activities.
Typical Physical Requirements
  • Standing (up to 4 hours per day)
  • Walking (up to 4 hours per day)
  • Bending/Stooping/Squatting/Kneeling/Balancing — Frequently
  • Crouching/Crawling — Occasionally
  • Sitting (up to 2 hours per day)
  • Climbing heights (12’) — Frequently
  • Reaching above shoulders — Frequently
  • Pushing/Pulling — Frequently
  • Carrying (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
  • Lifting (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
  • Using hands for repetitive movements — fine manipulating
  • Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity
  • Coping with demands (stresses that are associated with the job and/or the work environment) so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained
  • Operating machinery
  • Ability to travel as needed — locally and/or nationally
  • Ability to operate in the field
  • Daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals in a central Florida climate
  • Medical,
  • Dental,
  • Vision,
  • EAP,
  • Memberships,
  • and more!

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