As an Animal Care Specialist in the Aquarium Department, you will perform a variety of tasks related to the handling and care of fish and other aquatic vertebrae, as well as their environments. The work requires an amount of independent action with less immediate supervision given after experience is acquired.

Essential Duties

  • Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relations with fellow employees.
  • Constantly exhibit a guest service attitude, a smile, and an obvious interest in guest comfort and service.
  • Communicate with the public in a courteous and tactful manner and assist guests with questions and directions to various areas of the Zoo. Address the guest – do not wait to be asked.
  • Remove trash and debris from public area.
  • Performing routine and special duties involved in the daily care and maintenance of fishes and aquatic vertebrae.
  • Performing daily cleaning and maintenance of enclosures, service areas, and holding facilities.
  • Assisting with medication of species in accordance with instructions of the Zoo veterinarian.
  • Observing and evaluating animal behavior and conditions, and reporting to the department supervisor on a daily basis.
  • Successfully secure animals, their enclosures, and other associated structures
  • Providing assistance in setting up exhibits.
  • Driving motor vehicles or operating mechanical equipment.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Able to work weekends, holidays and occasional after-hour assignments.
  • One-year aquarist experience or experience in related field.
  • Knowledge of freshwater and marine husbandry.
  • Knowledge of water quality and chemistry.
  • Basic knowledge of plumbing.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Able to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Able to communicate in English.
  • Able to work safely with delicate, wild, and frequently dangerous species.
  • Sufficient strength, agility, and coordination to net capture, and/or restrain animals of extreme size, strength, and agility.
  • Sufficient delicacy to handle, examine, and move without harming, sick, injured, or struggling small animals.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Physical Demands

Based on an 8 hour workday

Never = 0 hrs   Rarely = 0-2 hrs   Occasionally = 2-4 hrs   Frequently = 4-6 hrs    Continuously = 6-8 hrs

Sit: Rarely Stand: Continuously Walk: Continuously Bend: Frequently
Squat: Occasionally Kneel: Rarely Crawl: Never Climb: Rarely
Reach: Frequently Grasp: Frequently Push/Pull: Frequently Twist/Turn: Frequently
Corrected Vision must include:

Seeing 20/20

Normal Distinguishing colors

Normal Depth Perception


Ability to lift heavy objects (60 lbs.) objects from ground level, move approximately 10 feet and perform this at least 5 times in succession without danger of injury.


Corrected Hearing skills must include:

Normal frequency sensitivity

Normal frequency selection


 Ability to safely maneuver on uneven, steep, or sloping terrain.

Speaking skills must include being understandable when speaking:

In person

On the telephone or radio


Must have the ability to swim.