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POSITION OBJECTIVE: The Shreveport Aquarium is seeking an Aquarist II to work with jellies and a variety of other aquatic species in our Submarine Gallery. This position will work with part-time and full-time biologists and report to the Curator of Live Exhibits. The ideal candidate will have a good understanding of invertebrate husbandry and propagation. Experience must include jelly propagation, life support maintenance and operation, aquarium maintenance, water quality, animal nutrition, and disease recognition.



The full-time Aquarist II position is part of the Animal Husbandry team. This position performs the routine animal care and maintenance required for maintaining marine and freshwater displays: including the prevention and treatment of diseases, detailed record keeping, and accurate and timely interpretation of water quality analysis. This position is also responsible for assisting the Curator with daily efficacy and productivity of the Animal Husbandry staff.

Please remember the duties and responsibilities of this position are subject to change. The Shreveport Aquarium may change the job title or duties of this position where the changes would be considered reasonable for a similar position in the industry.



  • Maintains husbandry areas, exhibits, and aquarium life support systems ensuring a consistently high standard of animal care and displays presentation throughout all public and behind the scenes areas.

  • Performs routine animal care, cleaning and maintenance of aquarium exhibits including SCUBA diving within exhibits where required.

  • Provides daily care of animal exhibits including diet preparation, feeding and general care and maintenance of aquatic exhibits in accordance with established protocols. Identify and correct minor or routine exhibit maintenance issues.

  • Maintains and prepares accurate daily records for aquarium systems, exhibit specimens and dive related paperwork.

  • Assists with specimen transports, water quality testing, quarantine, diagnosis, and treatment of fish disease.

  • Assist in the acquisition of new specimens in accordance with the acquisition and transfer policies and protocols established by the Shreveport Aquarium.

  • Assist curatorial staff with the development of institutional collection plans.

  • Assist with the continual development of exhibits and animal husbandry related areas in line with the long-term goals of the company.

  • Maintains company issued dive gear and diver areas to the standards and expectations of Shreveport Aquarium policies and protocols.

  • Delivers interactive programming to guests and guest presentations involving exhibits, behind the scenes areas, and exhibit diving.

  • Participates in guest relations/interactions and perform daily public presentations as needed.

  • Performs required maintenance of aquarium life support systems and related equipment to ensure a consistently high standard of water quality and animal care. Identifying and troubleshooting issues with water quality and life support equipment as they arise.

  • Interacts with guests, management, veterinarians, community stakeholders, and other cross-functional departments and individuals as required.

  • Assist in organizing workflow and daily efficacy and productivity of the Animal Husbandry staff.

  • Assist with the preparation of the departmental operating budget as needed.

  • Effective time and project management.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



Education and Experience 

  • Undergraduate degree in Aquarium Science and/or a life sciences related field (i.e. Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology, Aquarium Science)

  • Minimum four- five years’ experience of aquatic animal care in a professional/public aquarium environment with demonstrated knowledge of safe animal handling practices and maintaining a safe working environment required.  Experience working with a variety of marine and freshwater species of fish and invertebrates preferred.

  • Open water SCUBA certification with ability to obtain advanced certifications.


Skills and Knowledge

  • Proven knowledge of the maintenance and operation of aquarium life support systems including, but not limited to, sand filters, canister filters, UV sterilizers, protein skimmers, and ozone generators. 

  • SCUBA diving skills:  underwater exhibit maintenance skills, open-water diving and animal collection skills preferred.

  • Proven knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of tropical and temperate marine and freshwater specimens including, but not limited to, sharks, rays, jellies, corals, seahorses, cephalopods, and turtles.

  • Knowledge and experience in the quarantine, diagnosis, and treatment of fish disease.

  • Basic knowledge of animal anatomy, behavior, environmental parameters, and recognition of common health concerns.

  • Strong water quality testing, analysis, and record keeping skills.

  • Basic knowledge and skill in aquarium exhibit set-up and development is desirable including, but not limited to LSS design and installation, exhibit collection planning, and exhibit design concepts.

  • Proven communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills.

  • Ability and willingness to communicate effectively in public forums to aquarium guests is preferred.


Additional Requirements

  • Willingness and ability to adhere to company employee guidelines (i.e. Planet Aqua Group – Shreveport Aquarium policies and guidelines).

  • Ability to maintain a clean/organized work environment.

  • Ability to work effectively with limited or no supervision, and maintain a work ethic supporting the aquarium’s mission and goals.

  • Ability to effectively follow directions, observe and remember details, and make decisions regarding animal husbandry issues.

  • Ability to maintain friendly, polite, flexible, and service-oriented demeanor.

  • Willingness to work outside of normal scheduled hours (i.e. weekend days, holidays, special events, after hour animal related activities or emergencies).

  • Willingness to travel to and temporarily work at other company locations.

  • Ability to pass a physician administered dive physical examination.

  • Ability to obtain and hold a current First Aid and CPR certification.

  • Ability to obtain and hold valid Louisiana Driver’s License.

JOB CLASSIFICATION: Full time salaried exempt

SALARY: $32,000-$38,000

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