Aquarist Volunteer (Adults)

Department: Adults
Location: Miami, FL

PURPOSE: The Animal Husbandry Aquarist Volunteer at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will work alongside the husbandry team to assist staff with responsibilities associated with exhibits and holding systems; including feeding of fish, birds and reptiles, maintaining aquarium systems, exhibits and holdings, and other routine duties related to animal care. 

RATE: Unpaid

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  •  Assist with daily care, maintenance and appearance of exhibits; including cleaning filters, completing water changes, scrubbing algae, etc.
  •  Preparation of food for daily feedings.
  •  Assist with daily feeding of animals.  
  •  Assist with testing water quality parameters for various exhibits.
  •  Complete behavioral observations and monitor exhibit health.  
  •  Assist with guest interactions and educational encounters.

  QUALIFICATIONS:  

  •  Background or experience in biology, marine science, or animal science preferred.
  •  Previous experience with animals desired.
  •  Interest in working in a public animal care facility.
  •  Reliable and punctual.
  •  Positive attitude.
  •  Ability to work well with different personalities in a fast-paced environment.  
  •  Ability to work independently or as part of a team. 
  •  Must be working towards the completion of a Bachelorís degree or higher.
  •  Must be 18 years or older.

 WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL EFFORT:  

  •  Work activities include bending, reaching, crawling, and lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds of weight.
  •  This position requires working with tools and chemicals using appropriate personal protective equipment.
  •  Work is performed outdoors with some work done indoors. 

 CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:  

  •  This position requires Level 2 background clearance as defined by Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
  •  Drug screening as part of the Drug Free Workplace Program.

 SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS:  

  •  Must be able to commit to a minimum of 100 hours per year on a weekly or biweekly schedule.
  •  Availability in mornings preferred.

 

 

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