Great place to work, just don't expect to stay long.
Pros: dolphins, easy work, great benefits, good hours.
Cons: job security, indecisive management
The job duties are simple, efficient, and can be really fun. A typical day usually involves me working a position in the show, which is either a spotlight operator, or a wardrobe coordinator. In the morning, we would test the equipment, the lights, the audio, the video, and set props and costume pieces. And then, we mostly just worked on secondary projects until it's show time. Shows lasted no more than 30 minutes each, and as a spotlight operator I would do dolphin pickups, and as a wardrobe coordinator I would be the running crew behind the stage, and handing off props to the performer.
During this job, I was able to be forklift trained, I took all kinds of educational classes about the other animals in the aquarium, learn about the dolphins, and a little bit about zoonotic diseases and prevention. I learned more about Martin 2000 fixtures and Martin III fixtures because our lighting rig was full of them.
The job security is terrible. I have been a part-time employee for a year and a half, and I worked very hard. Any time they need me to come in and cover a shift I would drop what I was doing and come in immediately. I never would fill out request forms because I wanted to work. I would go out of my way to make sure that all tasks were completed and I would ask others if they needed help on projects. And I understand the point of waiting for an open position in full-time, but what keeps happening here is this. The Georgia Aquarium keeps taking these full-time positions and splitting them into two part-time positions. It's extremely frustrating to see all these positions – more... that I would be excellent in just slip by because the Aquarium has decided it wants to suddenly hire only part-time workers.
The management staff is a quite slow to make decisions effectively. There would be orders for parts, such as paint or props, on standby for months because they can't make an effective decision. We need parts to complete our jobs. If we don't have what we need to finish a project, then we can't complete it. There is no passion or support for the employees. I feel the management would stretch its crew members to limit in order to save a dime somewhere else in the budget. They would do this by making them come in on their days off, or alter the schedule completely and have people work different positions because the hours on a couple of crew members were limited. For example, they would also rather have employees who work as a Lighting director or a spot operator run the wardrobe position for a several days (which is not what they were trained to do) because management has the actual wardrobe coordinator as a part time employee and can't cover the rest of the week. – less