Biologist II Fish and Invertebrate Team

Position Title: Biologist II Fish and Invertebrate Team
Service Group: Biological Programs
Reports To: Fish and Invertebrate Senior Biologist
Exemption Status: Non-exempt (hourly)

Position Summary
Work on the Fish and Invertebrate Team to achieve The Florida Aquarium’s mission to entertain, educate, and inspire stewardship about our natural environment by exemplifying the Aquarium’s values of Respect, Trust, and Excellence.  Directly care for the aquarium’s aquatic animals within our collection.  Perform essential and secondary job functions in accordance with guidelines set and approved by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and other safety regulatory agencies.

Essential Position Functions
• Maintains the highest level of animal care and wellness
• Performs husbandry duties of daily animal care including but not limited to preparing food, feeding animals, cleaning animal habitats, and preparing daily reports
• Promptly reports any animal injury, illness or abnormal behavior to Animal Health team to ensure the highest standards for all animals
• Regard for human and animal safety foremost when assisting or leading a team handling
large elasmobranchs, teleosts and chelonioids
• Ensures accurate animal record keeping
• Applies knowledge and identifies issues with habitat and life support systems
• Delivers extraordinary customer service to all aquarium guests and internal customers
• Assures behavior consistently meets the FLAQ values of Respect, Trust and Excellence
• Executes behavior shaping plans for aquatic animals with proficiency
• Applies knowledge and identifies problems with projects and tasks in a team setting
• Completes complex work processes without supervision
• Provides multipart formal and informal guest presentations throughout the galleries and behind the scenes unassisted
• Cleans habitat pathways, service and holding areas, commissary, and backup areas

Secondary Functions
• Maintains the highest aquatic habitat standards
• Initiates and executes exhibit improvements and modifications independently
• Initiates and executes presentations and reports independently
• Maintains tools and equipment necessary for the care of the collection
• Assists in maintaining husbandry SOPs
• Represents the aquarium at selected professional development opportunities
• Participates in meetings with curators, biologists and other aquarium departments
• Works with volunteers and interns within scope of position
• All other duties as required

Education, Requirements, and Technical Skills
• Minimum of 4.5 years experience in a facility working with aquatic and terrestrial organisms including but not limited to: live coral, jelly cultures and displays, syngnathid cultures and displays, marine teleosts and elasmobranchs, and sea turtles
• BS or higher degree in a biological science or related field with equivalent experience
• Knowledge of habits, food requirements and cleaning needs of a diverse animal collection consisting of marine fish and invertebrates, and sea turtles
• Knowledge of life support systems and water quality parameters for aquatic species
• Knowledge of Animal Record Keeping systems (ZIMS/ISIS) preferred
• Knowledge of Windows and Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
• SCUBA certification required with ability to advance to Open Water Scientific Diver/Rescue Diver level within 6 months of hire
• Must be willing and able to obtain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License
• Flexibility in working weekends, evenings, and holidays

Competencies
Customer Service Orientation — Listen and understand the customer (both internal and external) and anticipate and evaluate the customer’s needs; make the customer’s satisfaction a high priority in all areas of responsibility.
Teamwork — Support, facilitate, and participate in activities that promote team effectiveness; demonstrate sensitivity for the feelings and needs of team members and support team goals.
Coordination — Organize and move a group of individuals and/or activities toward a common goal
Planning and Organizing — Establish a course of action with specific long-range goals for the aquarium; set priorities among competing requirements and allocatd resources in the most efficient and effective way; develop contingency plans that anticipate changes in the work environment.
Judgment — Decide on and commit to an action on the examination of the facts at hand; find creative solutions to situations and opportunities that arise; take strategic risks when necessary.
Communication (oral and written) — Effectively express ideas verbally and non-verbally and actively listen to individuals and groups; prepare and focus presentations to the characteristics and needs of the audience; express ideas clearly and concisely in written form, through memoranda, letters, reports, and other documents.
Information Gathering and Monitoring — Effectively collect relevant data using questioning or research techniques to monitor and manage projects and people

Typical Physical Requirements
• Sitting (2 hours per day)
• Standing (2 hours per day)
• Walking (4 hours per day)
• Bending/Stooping — Frequently
• Squatting — Frequently
• Crawling — Occasionally
• Climbing heights (12’) — Frequently
• Reaching above shoulders — Frequently
• Crouching — Occasionally
• Kneeling — Frequently
• Balancing — Frequently
• Pushing/Pulling — Frequently
• Carrying (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
• Lifting (up to 70 lbs.) — Occasionally
• Using hands for repetitive movements — fine manipulating
• Exposure to marked changes in temperature and humidity
• Typing on a computer keyboard
• Excellent vision for proofing and detail work
• Coping with demands (stresses that are associated with the job and/or the work environment so that acceptable levels of performance and overall contribution are maintained
• Operating machinery and boats
• Ability to travel (car) as needed — locally and/or nationally
• Ability to travel (air) as needed
• Ability to conduct field work in collection and research
• Daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals in a central Florida climate