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Newport Aquarium Biologist - Herpetology

Newport Aquarium
Newport, United States Posted: May 16, 2024

The position requires a highly motivated individual who will work in a team setting and take direction from their manager(s) in carrying out the daily husbandry responsibilities for an assigned area. The position is responsible for adhering to all aquarium safety protocols, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation standards.

  • Provides care for all specimens in assigned area through proper husbandry protocols involving daily observations, feedings, water quality monitoring, and life support system (LSS) operations
  • Ensures guest satisfaction by maintaining exhibits through daily maintenance
  • Maintains all exhibit, quarantine/holding systems, and behind the scenes areas to the highest level of professional standards.
  • Complies with all SOPs pertaining to daily operations and safety.
  • Exhibits good time-management skills throughout and including all daily and specially-assigned tasks.
  • Maintains up-to-date and accurate records in the TRACKS program.
  • Provides scheduled and unscheduled coverage of other biologists and areas as assigned by management team.
  • Cross-trains with other staff within the department to develop new skill sets and understanding of other areas. Must complete, at minimum, the OJT’s in the directly assigned area.
  • Promotes conservation, animal welfare, and good stewardship in daily tasks
  • Pass e-quarist or other relevant course work successfully to promote continuous learning, update, and improvement in overall care.
  • Identifies and resolves problems with assistance from management team.
  • Takes lead role in small construction, improvement, or new exhibit projects as assigned and mentored by management team.
  • Positively presents and promotes aquarium in various forms of social media as request by Public Relations and with approval from management team.
  • Demonstrates motivation and exhibits Core Values on a daily basis.
  • Seeks a larger understanding of husbandry operations and animal welfare to assist husbandry management in improving those areas.
  • Support WAVE Foundation volunteer and intern programs through active participation in volunteer and/or intern programs through mentoring or joint projects. More information about the WAVE Foundation can be found at
  • Biologist schedules require coverage 365 days per year. Schedule for this position will be discussed in person in the interview process. It will include weekends and some holidays.
  • Undertakes any other tasks or special projects as directed by Assistant Curators or General Curator.
  • A four-year degree in aquatic sciences, biology, or related field
  • Minimum of three to four years of full-time husbandry experience from an accredited AZA institution or equivalent
  • Detailed knowledge of the biology of a large variety of amphibians or reptiles as appropriate
  • Demonstrated mechanical skills, basic LSS plumbing, and understanding of LSS theory and operation
  • Excellent observation and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ethics that generate and sustain a positive team atmosphere and professional environment
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel if necessary
  • Certification from a recognized S.C.U.B.A. training organization or the ability to obtain certification within one year from hire date
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings, weekends and holidays. Ability to respond to emergencies when needed
  • Successful completion of pre-employment drug screening, background check and motor vehicle record check
  • In good health and capable of performing strenuous and/or heavy physical labor
  • No history of allergy related to animals or plants, which might interfere with ability to work
  • Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time, climb stairs, bend and stoop
  • Physical strength, including the ability to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Immunocompetence (possible exposure to infections and parasitic disease)
  • You can expect to work on projects that have never been done before – ideas that are unproven, and concepts that make people smile. You can expect to have fun and be treated with respect the minute you start…and through to the end.
  • You can expect to work in an environment that is highly innovative and low in politics – truthful and filled with smart people!
  • And most of all, you can expect to work hard and make a difference in our world by helping to bring families closer together.
Experience Required
  • 3+ years
  • $38k - $53k Dependent on experience

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