Aquarist Assistant - Port Haywood - job 957706

Virginia Living Museum

Date: 07/22/2021

City: Port Haywood, Virginia

Employment type: Part-time

General Statement of Duties

The Aquarist Assistant will assist in all aspects of aquatic husbandry for over 40 aquatic systems up to 30,000 gallons. Support the Aquarium Department to provide the highest level of care to the VLM aquatic animal collection through comprehensive husbandry practices, completion of day-to-day operations, and thorough daily maintenance of holding systems and exhibits. This position recognizes the capacity to achieve greater results by integrating skilled volunteers and leveraging their diverse knowledge and abilities. This position reports directly to the Aquarium Curator.


1. Progress towards a B.S. in Biology, Marine Biology, Fisheries, Aquatic Ecology, or related field coupled with some experience.

2. Working knowledge of Mid-Atlantic freshwater and saltwater fishes and their ecologies.

3. Familiarity with water chemistry parameters and testing.

4. Ability to communicate effectively with Aquarium Curator, co-workers, volunteers and guests, and to perform public programs.

5. Desire to learn and be responsible for all aspects of aquatic husbandry.

6. ZIMS experience preferred.

7. SCUBA certification preferred.

8. CPR and First Aid certification preferred.

9. Ability to remain calm and provide clear direction in an emergency situation.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Enhance Guest Experience as:

 A positive, enthusiastic representative of the Virginia Living Museum.

 Welcoming and entertaining questions from guests.

 Providing engaging and educational public programs including public feedings.

2. Assist Aquarist to:

 Maintain the high quality appearance of the exhibits and provide optimal care of aquatic collection.

 Learn and perform routine exhibit cleanings, daily water quality testing, daily feedings and diet prep.

 Train and work with aquarium volunteers.

 Assist with conservation projects when needed.

3. Follow museum safety policies and procedures.

4. Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Job Requirements

 Must be able to work mornings, weekends and holidays

 Must be able to express or exchange ideas by means of the spoken word and perceive detailed information through oral communication

 Ability to lift and/or exert up to 50 pounds

 Must be able to move throughout the museum’s building(s) and outdoor trail as needed

 Must have visual acuity to be able to operate motor vehicles and/or equipment

 Must be able to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, push, pull, lift, grasp, feel and utilize repetitive motions

 The candidate will be subject to outdoor environmental conditions such as heat, wind, and humidity.

Supervision Exercised:

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. This position, Aquarist Assistant will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by the appropriate Supervisor/Director. The Virginia Living Museum reserves the right to update, revise or change the job description and related duties at any time.

Qualified applicants please submit a VLM application, cover letter, resume and references. No phone calls, please.



FAX: 757-534-7419

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