Mammalogist

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Organization: Aquarium of the Pacific (AZA Member)
Location: Long Beach, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job
FULL TIME, ELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS
The Mammalogist is responsible for the care of all animals in collection and for assisting the Curator/Assistant Curator in the training of volunteers and intern mammalogists. Under the direction of the Curator/Asst. Curator, the individual coordinates the care and treatment of the Aquarium’s animal collection with the veterinarinan, and is responsible for the training and husbandry of animal collections. The individual is expected to act as a positive role model to other staff members and must carry an in-depth expertise of natural history, husbandry, and training of animals.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Provides the highest possible quality of care to the animals in his/her care
Prepares food and feeds the animals; plans diets, determines appropriate base levels and makes adjustments as needed
Observes and recognizes medical conditions that may require treatment; promptly reports those conditions to the Curator or Asst. Curator; coordinates care and treatment with the veterinarian
Oversees the training of the animal collection by developing training stategies and long term training plans; instructs and communicates to other staff those techniques to ensure consistency
Assists the Asst. Curator in coordinating activities and communicating changes in policy with other staff working with the animal collection
Responsible for presentation quality by performing in and evaluating public presentations on a daily basis
Ensures the proper care of life support and other equipment by adhering to a regular preventive maintenance schedule and by keeping all items clean and in good working order
Promptly reports all non-functional life support equipment to the Curator, Asst. Curator or Facilities Supervisor for immediate repairs
Assists with system design and fabrication of holding facilities
Maintains a clean and organized area to facilitate a presentable and safe environment for work and behind-the-scenes tours
May occasionally provide interviews to the media under the direction of Public Relations
Communicates regularly with other departments, professional colleagues, other institutions and outside contractors
Maintains all records pertaining to the Aquarium’s collection of marine mammals
Under the direction of the Curator/Asst. Curator, oversees the selection, training, and work of volunteers and interns assigned to work with animal collection
Performs routinely in public presentations and animal behavioral demonstrations
Adheres to all established safety protocols (fire, OSHA, diving, etc.) and reports unsafe conditions to the area Curator, Asst. Curator, or Safety Officer to be remedied
Works closely with Life Support staff to maintain proper water and air quality (temperature, pH, chlorine, ORP levels, etc.) to ensure the health of the animals and high water clarity
Interprets gallery of exhibits in public areas Interacting with and educating guests in a personal manner
Performs diving operations for cleaning, collecting, and research; diving may require advanced training with special equipment, such as dry suits or full face regulators
Serves as the Aquarium liaison to the USDA-APHIS, in the absence of the Curator and Asst. Curator
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
Maintains a high level of knowledge and expertise of the operation and theory of all life support systems
Presents workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs, behind-the-scenes tours and other interactions with guests and staff
Higher understanding of animal care practices, such as training , quarantine, exhibit maintenance and animal handling
Proficient in public speaking
Increased proficiency in general animal husbandry with collection of animals
QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelors degree in Biology or related field, or equivalent experience
Minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience as an animal keeper/trainer (paid) in a zoological facility
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Possession of a valid driver’s license
SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized agency
Must possess demonstrated proficiency in the training, capture, handling, transfer, and transportation of marine mammals in exhibits and holding facilities
Must possess demonstrated knowledge of necessary safety measures (relating to animals and exhibits) required when working in and around sea otters, pinnipeds, and other animals
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
Ability to swim
Full functional range of motion in all major body joints
Ability to SCUBA dive aquarium habitats or open ocean
Ability to stand for long periods of time
WORK ENVIRONMENT
Hot and cold environments
Outdoor and indoor environments in varying weather conditions
Wet and dirty surfaces and walkways
Elevated platforms
Small vessels
Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments
Uneven surfaces
INTERESTED AND QUALIFIED?
If you meet the requirements of this position, please apply online by clicking on APPLY NOW at the end of the position description. You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants.
The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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