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Aquarist I at Science Center (FT)

Company: McWane Science Center
Location: Birmingham
Posted on: May 25, 2023

Job Description:

Come join our team! McWane Science Center counts on the Aquarist I to provide daily care to all live plant and animal displays using approved husbandry practices and maintaining the daily upkeep of exhibits, life support systems, and maintaining water quality for the _World of Water _exhibition. Persons in this position exercise discretion/independent judgment for daily operations.

McWane Science Center is a non-profit organization housing four floors of hands-on exhibits along with an IMAX Dome Theater and gift shop.

*Accountabilities and Major Duties*

Preparation of diets and feeding of animals;

Routine maintenance of equipment on life support systems; including maintaining water quality by monitoring and controlling chemical composition of water and performing water changes as needed;

Maintain records of animal behavior, medications, water quality and related data, including inventory and quarantine systems.

Assist with construction (i.e. plumbing, carpentry, and electrical) of new and existing aquarium exhibits including holding and quarantine facilities.

Assist in diagnosis and treatment of animals to ensure the health of all living systems.

Assist with training of interns and volunteers as assigned.

*Minimum Qualifications*

Bachelor's degree in biology or related field or relevant experience.

Enthusiasm for working with living collections.

Teamwork and cooperation skills.

Available to work weekends, evenings, and holidays.

SCUBA certified or willingness to train and complete certification within 6 months of hire.

Plumbing, minor carpentry, and electrical skills needed.

Public speaking skills and willingness to speak to small groups as needed or assigned.

Working knowledge of PC computers.

*Minimum Physical Qualifications*

Stand for extended periods of time without being able to leave the work area.

Climb ladders and stairs in performing the work.

Lift objects frequently in performing the work (60 lbs).

Pull or push objects on a regular basis (100 lbs).

Carry objects on a regular basis in the arms or on the shoulders (50 lbs).

Grasp objects utilizing the fingers.

Reach for objects above the head or below the waist.

Stoop or crouch by bending at the waist or by bending legs.

Crawl in confined spaces on the hands and knees to perform work.

Ability to maneuver in close confinement.

Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more with or without corrective lenses.

Exposure to constant or intermittent high noise levels.

Exposure to tissues, chemicals, fumes and vapors that could potentially affect the health of the employee.

Handle hazardous materials.

Ability to SCUBA-dive exhibits.

Job Type: Full-time


* 401(k)

* 401(k) matching

* Dental insurance

* Employee discount

* Flexible spending account

* Health insurance

* Life insurance

* Paid time off

* Vision insurance


* 8 hour shift

* Day shift

* Weekend availability

Application Question(s):

* What interests you about working at McWane Science Center?

* What hourly rate of pay are you seeking in this position?

Work Location: In person

Keywords: McWane Science Center, Birmingham , Aquarist I at Science Center (FT), Professions , Birmingham, Alabama

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