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Lead Aquarist - Quarantine

Wonders Of Wildlife National Museum And Aquarium
Springfield, United States Posted: June 06, 2024

Wonders of Wildlife is hiring a Lead Aquarist to join our team. This individual will work under the supervision of the curatorial team and will ensure and promote effective and efficient care of the department's animal collection. This individual will help train and mentor a dynamic group of Aquarist while assisting to manage our Aquatic Holding / Quarantine space. We offer great benefits including medical insurance, PTO, 401k, and more.

About Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium
  • Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium consists of a 1.5-million-gallon Aquarium Adventure showcasing 35,000 animals and our immersive Wildlife Galleries sharing the story of America's most significant conservationists throughout history and today.
  • In 2022, Wonders of Wildlife became accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
  • Accreditation signifies our exemplary standards for animal welfare, scientific education, and staff training.
  • Created by noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris, the 350,000-square-foot experience celebrates people who hunt, fish, and act as stewards of the land and water.
  • Located next to Bass Pro Shops National Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri the campus is a centerpiece of America's Conservation Capital in Missouri's Ozark Mountains.
  • Wonders of Wildlife has been voted "Best New Attraction in America" and "America's Best Aquarium" by the readers of USA TODAY.
  • For more information, visit
A day in the life of a Lead Aquarist
  • Under the leadership of the curatorial staff, the lead aquarist responsibilities include the primary focus on the day-to-day management of the team and assigned exhibits.
  • Leads act as a mentor to the quarantine staff, manage the internship program for their assigned area, including hiring, and training of new interns.
  • This lead will an active role with acquisitions and dispositions, including up to date ICP's for their assigned area.
  • Participate in weekly vet round meetings, quarterly animal welfare meetings, and follows up on welfare concerns in a timely fashion.
  • Aid in creating action plans for welfare concerns and ensures plan is followed with the team.
  • Actively involved in AZA and other internal and external conservation projects.
Are you ready to join our team?
  • We have a very quick and easy application process.
  • If you feel that you would be right for our Lead Aquarist position, please fill out our initial 3-minute, mobile-friendly application.
  • We look forward to meeting you!
Zip Code:
  • 65807
  • Full Time employees receive Store/Attraction employee discounts,
  • Medical,
  • Vision,
  • Dental,
  • LTD,
  • 401(k),
  • Company Paid Life Insurance and STD,
  • and Paid Time Off.

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