Aquarist Volunteer (Adults)

Department: Adults
Location: Miami, FL

Are you excited for a career-building volunteer opportunity or are passionate about working with animals? Have you ever wondered what it takes to operate an aquarium? Learn the skills necessary to care for marine species and their habitats. Enrollment is open! Apply today to become a Frost Science Aquarist volunteer! 

PURPOSE:  We are searching for sustained, long-term volunteers that can commit to at least 100 hours per year. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Volunteer orientation is held every January, May and September. Selected applicants must complete all paperwork and attend orientation before they can begin volunteering.

DETAILS: The Animal Husbandry Aquarist Volunteers at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science will work alongside the animal care husbandry team to assist staff with responsibilities associated with exhibits and holding systems; including feeding of fish, maintaining aquarium systems, exhibits and holdings, water quality 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 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 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.

 REQUIREMENTS:  

  • Must be able to commit to a minimum of 100 hours per year on a weekly or biweekly schedule.
  • Availability in mornings preferred.
  • If selected, applicants are required to attend an orientation before they can begin volunteering. Orientations are held in January, May, and, September.

 

 

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