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Coral Biologist

Position Title:            Coral Biologist – Center For Conservation
Service Group:          Biological Operations
Reports To:                Marine Invertebrate Specialist
Exemption Status:    Non-exempt (hourly)
 
Position Summary
Work on the Center for Conservation (CFC) Team to achieve The Florida Aquarium’s mission to protect and restore our blue planet.  Directly care for the CFC’s collection of Western Atlantic coral species and other marine invertebrates, as well as future acquisitions of sea turtles, fish, and elasmobranchs.  Work closely with veterinary staff to provide excellent standards of animal care.  Interface regularly with staff from partner organizations including the University of Florida, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Tampa Electric Company.    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 high standards for animal care and wellness along with Animal Health staff
  • Performs husbandry duties including but not limited to cleaning aquariums, performing water changes, maintaining life support systems, preparing food, feeding animals, and adjusting water quality parameters
  • Ensures accurate and detailed daily record keeping
  • Tests water quality parameters according to established standard operating procedures and assists with maintenance of water quality laboratory
  • Applies knowledge and identifies issues with life support systems
  • Collects data on animal health required for permit reporting and research objectives
  • Maintains coral greenhouse and turtle care facilities in a clean and organized fashion
  • Assists with design and installation of ongoing CFC expansion projects such as coral archive systems, saltwater treatment and supply system, and sea turtle hospital build out    
  • Delivers extraordinary customer service to all CFC guests
  • Assures behavior consistently meets the FLAQ values of Respect, Trust and Excellence
  • Identifies and solves obstacles with projects and tasks in a team setting

Secondary Functions

  • Initiates and executes husbandry improvements and modifications independently
  • Initiates and executes presentations and reports independently
  • Maintains tools and equipment necessary for the care of the collection
  • 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 of experience in husbandry of aquatic organisms, including but not limited to marine invertebrates, sea turtles, elasmobranchs, and fish.
  • BS or higher degree in a biological science or related field with equivalent experience
  • Strong understanding of life support systems and water quality parameters for marine invertebrates, including stony corals and the ability to recognize and troubleshoot problems
  • Knowledge of Animal Record Keeping systems (ZIMS/ISIS) preferred
  • Proficiency with 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
  • Available for on-call emergencies