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JOB DESCRIPTION - HUSBANDRY ASSISTANT

HUSBANDRY ASSISTANT

 

Part of the Animal Husbandry team that performs the routine animal care and maintenance required for marine and freshwater displays. The Husbandry Assistant is required to be capable of delivering a high standard of work performance in the areas of animal and exhibit husbandry under the direction of the Curator of Live Exhibits and full time husbandry staff (aquarists).

Crew Responsibilities:

  • Assists husbandry staff with the maintenance of animal care 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.

  • Assists husbandry staff with routine animal care, cleaning and maintenance of aquarium exhibits, possibly including SCUBA diving within exhibits where required.

  • Assists with daily care of animal exhibits including diet preparation, feeding and general care and maintenance of aquatic exhibits in accordance with established protocols.

  • Assists husbandry staff with accurate data entry in daily records for aquarium systems, exhibit specimens and dive related paperwork.

  • Assists with the maintenance of company issued dive gear and diver areas to the standards and expectations of Shreveport Aquarium policies and protocols where required.

  • Participates in and delivers interactive programming for guests including public presentations involving exhibits, behind the scenes areas, and possibly exhibit diving.

  • Assists with required maintenance of aquarium life support systems and related equipment to ensure a consistently high standard of water quality and animal care.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Crew Characteristics/skills

  • Proven communication (verbal and written) and organizational skills

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

  • Willingness to work outside of normal scheduled hours (i.e. weekend days, holidays, special events,

  • after hour animal related activities or emergencies).

  • Ability to pass a physician administered dive physical examination (for SCUBA related activities).

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

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

 

Requirements

  • High School diploma or general education degree (or equivalent education and experience) is required.

  • Candidates working towards or possessing a two to four year degree in a life science related field (i.e. Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology, Aquarium Science) at an accredited academic facility is preferred.

  • Minimum of one year of experience of aquatic animal care in a professional/public aquarium is preferred.

  • 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 is preferred.

  • 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 supervision, and maintain a work ethic supporting the

  • aquarium’s mission and goals.

  • Ability to effectively follow directions, observe and remember details.

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

 

Compensation

  • Part-time hourly position. Hourly rate dependent on experience.