Senior Aquarium Biologist – Mammals and Reptiles

Posted: 06/06/2022

The Senior Aquarium Biologist – Mammals and Reptiles
Assist the Curator in supervising all processes regarding the overall health, care, training, and enrichment of the program’s animal collection, as well as works to ensure the maintenance and quality appearance of all
exhibits. This position will assist in coordinating work relating to all Mammal and Reptile Program functions and will require acceptance of other assigned senior-level responsibilities. This position will also help facilitate the various research efforts in which the mammals and reptiles are involved. A Senior Aquarium Biologist has the experience and ability to act as a supervisor for interns, volunteers, and Aquarium Biologist Temporary staff as well as serve as a mentor and resource for all other levels of staff. This position will report directly to the Curator of Mammals and Reptiles and will require regular communication with all staff and work in close cooperation with other Senior Aquarium Biologists to maintain; effective group leadership, a positive and team-oriented work environment, open communication, and support of the progression and advancements of the Mammals and Reptiles program by maintaining a growth minded approach to work.

 General Duties:
  • Facilitate all aspects of animal care and research within the Mammals and Reptiles Program including but not limited to; preparation of food (including medicated and special diets), cleaning of staff and animal areas, performing water quality tests and evaluation of these tests with corrective measures if necessary, participating in regular SCUBA diving for exhibit maintenance and cleaning, conducting animal training sessions, providing enrichment,  and performing public presentations and enhancing guest interactions. Other tasks not directly related to animal care include daily record keeping, monitoring and maintenance of life support equipment, participation in the program development process, keeping work areas clean and equipment organized, and other duties as assigned.

  •  Supervisory tasks include but not limited to; monitoring daily operations and maintaining a high level of animal husbandry and care, identifying and developing process for needed changes alongside Curator and assisting in  overseeing the implementation of changes, seeking to improve all practices relating to guest experience and AZA  related requirements, facilitating progression of animal training and enrichment programs, oversight of lower level staff as it relates to exhibit and animal training assignments, assists in the application review and interviewing of entry level applicants, assists in yearly annual reviews for all staff.

  • This position may require; attendance at development and planning meetings and other professional meetings or conferences, and participation in Mote working-groups or committees and continuing education programs. Any of these may involve travel to out of town locations.

Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ experience working in a public aquarium, zoo, or related institution as an animal keeper/trainer/or aquarium biologist with an established expertise in aquatic animal husbandry and training. Experience supervising interns/volunteers and other staff is a plus, but if not must demonstrate an interest and ability to perform supervisory duties and assist the curator in managing daily operations of the department.
Individuals with experience working with species in our mammals and reptiles collection preferred (Our animal collection includes; manatees, river otters, sea turtles, alligator, spoonbills, small reptiles and amphibians, variety of fish and sharks). Penguin experience (future exhibit) also preferred.
  •  Precise hand-eye coordination is required for the gentle capture/restraint of animals in an aquatic environment.
  • Ability to work outside in hot and humid Florida weather conditions
  • Ability to spend the majority of the workday walking, standing, bending and lifting.
  • Capable of climbing and working from ladders
  • Tolerance to work around noisy machinery & equipment
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Tolerance for the smell of fish and animal feces
  • Ability to lift and carry 60 pounds
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. overhead
  • Capable of working with bleach and other sanitizing chemicals
  • Strength to lift a net holding 10 lbs. with one hand
  • Tolerance working with wet hands, feet and clothes every day
  • Visual acuity is required including the ability to distinguish color variations
  • Ability to receive rabies inoculations and participation in annual tuberculin skin testing will be required- Mote’s policy for working with the North American River otters.
Interested applicants should apply on line by choosing “2022 Senior Aquarium Biologist”  at or mail a single package including cover letter, resume or c.v. and the contact information for three references to Mote Marine Laboratory, Attn: Human Resources, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 before 5pm July 1, 2022.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other protected category. Mote participates in E-Verify.

Position Type: Full-time

Salary Range: $41,000 - $60,000/year

Employer Type: Private Company

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