Aquarist I
Aquarium of the Pacific 13 reviews - Long Beach, CA

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Organization: Aquarium of the Pacific (AZA Member)
Location: Long Beach, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Aquarist I is responsible for the daily husbandry and maintenance of marine organisms and their habitats. Primary duties include food preparation, feeding, exhibit and life support maintenance, diving, collecting, and supervising volunteers/interns.


• Responsibility for the husbandry of various fish & invertebrates, their habitats, and life support systems

• Maintaining the highest level of cleanliness and artistic quality of the displays, including the window, background and décor

• Maintaining exhibits through diving when necessary

• Maintaining acceptable water quality parameters to ensure the health of the organisms and excellent water clarity; testing water quality parameters when needed

• Ensuring the proper care of life support equipment by adhering to a regular maintenance schedule and keeping all components clean

• Preparing diets using a diversity of high quality foods and supplements; diet composition simulates natural diets as much as possible

• Feeding organisms appropriately and maintaining correct weight

• Recognizing medical conditions and administering medications as needed under the direction of the Veterinarian or Curator

• Maintaining quarantine/holding systems, if assigned; adhering to accepted quarantine schedule and making changes only with the approval of the Curator or Veterinarian

• Reporting all medical or behavioral matters to Asst. Curator/Curator and Veterinarian

• Completing all necessary records and keeping them current; recording detailed daily notes and noting observations

• Assisting with the acquisition, transfer, and disposition of specimens; may be required to travel long distances under harsh conditions during animal transfers

• Assisting with field collection trips

• Training, directing and overseeing the work of volunteers and interns assigned to work in individual’s area of responsibility

• Assisting with system design and fabrication during renovations

• Completing inspection rounds at least twice daily to check status of all exhibit and holding/quarantine systems and their occupants

• Reporting all non-functional life support equipment to the Assistant Curator or Life Support department

• Proper maintenance and usage of all equipment, supplies and tools assigned to him/her (including radios)

• Maintaining appropriate stocking levels in exhibits

• Maintaining a clean behind-the-scenes area to facilitate a professional and safe work environment

• Adhering to all established safety protocols (fire, OSHA, diving, etc.)

• Assisting in the handling of marine mammals or birds when additional personnel are required

• Demonstrating flexibility in completing tasks, which may extend after normal working hours or to weekends and holidays

• Occasionally providing interviews to the media under the direction of the Public Relations department

• Collaborating with other aquariums and zoos in aquarium techniques when necessary


• Bachelor's degree in Biology or related field, or equivalent experience

• One (1) year experience caring for animals in a public aquarium

• SCUBA certification

• Valid drivers license

• CPR Certification

• Position subject to dive skills and abilities assessments


• Maintains a high level of knowledge of species under care

• Maintains a high level of knowledge of the operation and theory of life support systems and marine aquarium water chemistry

• Attention to detail

• Excellent oral and written communication skills


If you meet the requirements of this position, please apply online at 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.

Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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