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You must be at least 18 years old to work at OdySea Aquarium.

Animal Care Specialist II – Mammal

POSITION TITLE:        Animal Care Specialist II

DEPARTMENT:            Animal Care and Education

REPORTS TO:             Senior Animal Care Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY:

As part of the OdySea Aquarium animal team, this position works with diverse animals including (but not limited to) California sea lions, Atlantic harbor seals, Asian small-clawed otters, African penguins, sea turtles, reptiles, and small exotic land animals. A central responsibility of this position will be the operation of educational animal presentations and interactions with guests. The individual will demonstrate operant conditioning within the training department and throughout the aquarium to enhance animal welfare and visitor experience opportunities.   The individual will be integral in educating aquarium guests about species survival and conservation through presentations.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists with animal acquisition, transport, acclimation, and training of all animals within collection
  • Responsible for advanced husbandry and behavioral training of animals in the assigned area
  • Participate in educational animal presentations, shows, and interactive programs within the Aquarium
  • Represent OdySea Aquarium off property through educational animal appearances at schools, media events, and other public engagements
  • Representation of aquarium through positive guest interactions and experiences daily
  • Assists with implementation and execution of all department Standard Operating Guidelines
  • Assists in mentoring and training of junior staff
  • Help create and implement enrichment plans for all animals
  • Participate in collection and facilities planning, development of exhibits and educational planning, and research and conservation activities
  • Inspect exhibits and related facilities daily for cleanliness and structural integrity
  • Work closely and collaboratively with other departments for the welfare of our animals and enhanced guest experience.
  • Ensure accurate and appropriate record keeping is maintained within the department
  • Assist the Animal Care Directors and the Animal Care staff to ensure adherence to aquarium standards and procedures and ensure compliance with the requirements of various professional associations and regulatory agencies.  Maintain highest level of animal husbandry and training practices.
  • Maintain advanced knowledge of industry innovations and progressive animal care through professional meetings and conferences, trade journals, and communication with professional colleagues.
  • Represent the Animal Training Department and OdySea Aquarium to visiting investors, professionals, guests, and media. 
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Director

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology, Zoology, Marine Science or related discipline required or relative work experience.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working with marine and/or terrestrial animals in professional setting
  • SCUBA certification
  • Excellent public speaking and showmanship experience
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to access animal pools, exhibits, and enclosures
  • Must be a strong swimmer, with the ability to pass departmental swim test
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, or irregular hours dictated by animal needs
  • Experience with neonate and juvenile rearing preferred
  • Life support experience preferred
  • Must exemplify core fundamentals of the Employee Promise, which states:  
    • I am empowered to take ownership of any opportunity to exceed expectations.
    • I anticipate guest needs and pay attention to the details.
    • I treat all internal and external customers with respect.
    • I am on stage! (Smile)
    • I have an attitude of gratitude.
    • I get it right the first time.
    • I display actions that are moral and ethical.
    • I always provide alternative solutions.
    • I am committed to learning every aspect of our product and services.
    • I use the 10/5 rule, 10 feet I acknowledge my guest’s presence with a smile and at 5 feet. I greet them with a courteous word.                 
    • I use name recognition at every opportunity
    • I take personal responsibility for our surroundings.
    • I am accountable for my tools and resources.
    • I value the contribution of every team member.

Life Support Systems Technician

POSITION TITLE:                    Life Support Systems Technician

DEPARTMENT:                        Animal Care & Conservation

REPORTS TO:                         Life Support Systems Supervisor

 POSITION SUMMARY:

This position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the Supervisor, Manager, Director and/or General Manager in overseeing all water quality systems within the aquarium.  Must have experience with advanced water chemistry analysis techniques. Applicant must have thorough understanding of aquarium water chillers, heat exchangers, UV and ozone systems, reverse osmosis, fractionators, plumbing application, pumps, motors and filtration equipment.  Applicant must have the ability to troubleshoot complex water treatment and filtration systems, both saltwater and freshwater.  This position requires an individual with a high degree of professional experience in a broad range of specialty areas as well as proven leadership, effective training, and excellent teamwork by demonstrating leadership by example.  Priorities for this position include fostering a positive work and team atmosphere, attention to animal health, exhibit excellence, and visitor experience.    

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • As a member of the Husbandry Department, this team member will create an environment where people work as a team, and empower each other by being patient, kind, humble, respectful, forgiving, honest, and committed when interacting with one another and guests.
  • Performs and develops objectives, protocols, policies, and operating procedures to ensure the most professional, effective, efficient, and successful exhibits and related operations for the Husbandry Department.
  • Maintains the life support systems for the animals in the collection
  • Conducts daily water quality testing, chlorine, salinity, pH Coordinates, coliform screening, and any other necessary testing and work with lab technicians to ensure appropriate scheduling, collection, handling, and analysis of water samples.
  • Operates, monitors and maintain the associated equipment (pumps, chillers, ozone generators, filters, and piping systems) and conducts daily visual inspections and schedules regular maintenance on all systems equipment
  • Tests emergency procedures for life support systems
  • Works closely with other team members within the department, such as biologists, trainers, divers, and Animal Health Senior Director to effectively plan for water quality needs for the animals
  • Maintains accurate records, and distribute reports
  • Enters data into the database
  • Keeps current with certifications necessary for the operation of the water quality lab and systems operation
  • Monitor all phases of aquarium exhibit water treatment processing as well as equipment condition and making necessary changes or repairs as needed.
  • Performs preventative and corrective maintenance as needed to keep LSS equipment in excellent working condition and appearance.
  • Understands and interprets water chemistry reports and results, recommends and carries out corrections as recommended by others.
  • Follows and maintains all safety policies and procedures.
  • Maintains the highest standard of work area cleanliness at all times.
  • Performs other duties as workload necessitates.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must have the ability to repair LSS or similar industrial mechanical plant equipment including ozone generators, centrifugal pumps, heat exchangers, air compressors, automated control systems, and all types of filtration systems including sand filters and protein skimmers.

Ability to conduct vacuuming, backwashing, filter maintenance, and temperature monitoring

  • Some assignments will require the ability to work at elevated heights, move moderate to heavy objects, use power tools, operate heavy equipment; While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to stand for long periods of time, as well as walk. Employee will be exposed to large pools of water and should be a proficient swimmer.  Employee must be able to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb stairs, or crawl.  Employee is required to frequently talk and hear.  Employee must occasionally lift or move, carry, push, or pull up to 50lb.  Specific vision requirements for this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.  Must be able to take directional cues directly or indirectly.  No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.  The noise level in the work environment may be loud at times.  Ability to work in all weather conditions, including occasional extreme hot or cold, and wet and/or humid conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum two years trade school degree or relevant work experience required.
  • A valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Certification from a recognized SCUBA training organization may be required.
  • Must have a minimum of three years’ experience in aquatic animal life support systems or similar industrial processing plant work experience.
  • Must have three years’ experience working with aquatic animals in closed aquarium systems including both fish and marine mammals.
  • Must have a working knowledge of freshwater & seawater chemistry and how it pertains to aquatic animals.
  • Must be available to be called in for emergencies.

Must exemplify core fundamentals of the Employee Promise, which states:

  • I am empowered to take ownership of any opportunity to exceed expectations.
  • I anticipate guest needs and pay attention to the details.
  • I treat all internal and external customers with respect.
  • I am on stage! (Smile)
  • I have an attitude of gratitude.
  • I get it right the first time.
  • I display actions that are moral and ethical.
  • I always provide alternative solutions.
  • I am committed to learning every aspect of our product and services.
  • I use the 10/5 rule, 10 feet I acknowledge my guest’s presence with a smile and at 5 feet. I greet them with a courteous word.                 
  • I use name recognition at every opportunity
  • I take personal responsibility for our surroundings.
  • I am accountable for my tools and resources.
  • I value the contribution of every team member.

Animal Care Specialist II – Aquarist

POSITION TITLE: Animal Care Specialist II

DEPARTMENT: Husbandry

REPORTS TO: Curator of Fish & Invertebrates

POSITION SUMMARY:

The position requires a dedicated individual who will take direction from the curator, area supervisor, Husbandry Director, or General Manager in carrying out all aspects of animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance and holding area management for the assigned animal collection, as well as other related projects and programs. This position will participate in and assist with the development of the animal training program, which will consist of educational presentations to the public on a daily basis. Responsibilities will also include maintaining organized written records pertaining to animal health, feeding, and behavioral observations. Fostering a positive work team atmosphere, attention to animal health, exhibit excellence and visitor experience are the driving priorities in accomplishing the goals of this position.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • As a member of the Husbandry team, you will lead by example by being patient, kind, humble, respectful, selfless, forgiving, honest, and committed when interacting with one another and guests.
  • Provides for the needs of all animals in assigned area through regular feedings, administering treatments as directed by the supervisor, exhibit maintenance and environmental enrichment programs for the species.
  • Maintains records pertaining to feeding, behavioral observations, training activities, and medical procedures.
  • Carries out a training program directed toward public demonstrations conservation, and education that is presented on a regular basis.
  • Cooperates with animal health services staff for animal care health issues. Includes veterinary procedures as a regular part of training program.
  • Researches and suggest upgrades, enhancements and changes to exhibit systems to the supervisor.
  • Helps design, develop and construct new exhibits and/or life support systems.
  • Keeps work area clean and organized and reports atypical animal behavior, exhibit status, or mechanical issues to supervisors in a timely way.
  • Interacts with and responds to public/media requests for information. Participates in education, public relations and membership programs including facility tours and lectures.
  • Where applicable, assists in collecting and other husbandry department activities when needed.
  • Cross-trains with other staff within husbandry and animal health services.
  • Comply with safety and security directives, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biology or related field is required.
  • Three to four years of professional husbandry, training and interactive guest experience at a public zoo, aquarium or similar institution. Emphasis should be on animal care and maintenance of exhibit and holding areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a constantly changing environment as well as individually, with a minimum of supervision.
  • A valid driver’s license with a good driving record. Advanced certification from a recognized SCUBA training organization may be required.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or weekends and holidays. Ability to respond to emergencies on an on-call basis.
  • Successful completion of all pre-employment screening, including SCUBA dive physical.
  • 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.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to stand for long periods of time, as well as walk. Employee must be able to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is frequently required to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb stairs, or crawl.  Employee is required to frequently talk and hear.  Employee must occasionally lift or move, carry, push, or pull up to 50lb.  Specific vision requirements for this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.  Must be able to take directional cues directly or indirectly.  No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.  The noise level in the work environment may be loud at times.  Ability to work in all weather conditions, including occasional extreme hot or cold, and wet and/or humid conditions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must exemplify core fundamentals of the Employee Promise, which states:
    • I am empowered to take ownership of any opportunity to exceed expectations.
    • I anticipate guest needs and pay attention to the details.
    • I am on stage! (Smile)
    • I have an attitude of gratitude.
    • I get it right the first time.
    • I display actions that are moral and ethical.
    • I always provide alternative solutions.
    • I am committed to learning every aspect of our product and guest services.
    • I use the 10/5 rule; at 10 feet I acknowledge my guest’s presence with a smile and at 5 feet I greet them with a courteous word.
    • I use name recognition at every opportunity.
    • I take personal responsibility for our surroundings.
    • I am accountable for my tools and resources.
    • I value the contribution of every team member.

For questions or other information please email [email protected].

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OdySea Aquarium has internship opportunities available in several departments, including Education, Animal Care, Aquarist, HR, and Guest Relations. Interns must be at least 18 years old, adhere to professional grooming standards, and must be able to commit to a minimum of three full days each week during the internship semester. Internships are unpaid, but offer a valuable hands-on learning experience to build your resume. 

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