Liberty Science Center (LSC) is seeking an Animal Keeper- Aquarist to join our Animal Husbandry team. The Animal Keeper- Aquarist’s primary areas of focus will be: (1) the care and maintenance of the aquatic animals, exhibits, and associate life support system and (2) assisting with the care of the remainder LSC animal collection.
The Animal Keeper-Aquarist will report to the Animal Husbandry Director.
What You’ll Bring
You are detail-oriented, a team player, and a skilled observer who excels at both written and oral communication. You exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and respond with appropriate action.
What You’ll Do
Provide and oversee care for the aquatic animal collection, totaling 20,000 gallons, with individual aquaria as large as 7,000 gallons
Perform daily cleaning, feedings, and operation of life support systems
Provide ongoing care of the remainder of the living collection, including reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and mammals
Maintain an intimate knowledge of animal health, exhibits, life support system operation, inventory, animal transport, quarantine procedures, species id and compatibility, and disease recognition
Implement high-quality standards for exhibits to ensure clean, well-organized, and hazard-free work areas
Perform lab work, such as regular water quality testing
Input and maintain accurate records of daily observations and animal care data into databases
Repair and maintain life support equipment, including pumps, UV sterilizers, protein skimmers, sand filters, plumbing, etc
Train, supervise, and evaluate interns and volunteers
Keep up-to-date awareness of cutting-edge animal husbandry techniques
Assist in the planning and operation of specimen collection trips
Collaborate on brainstorming, developing and producing creative solutions that serve to strengthen LSC’s brand, mission, and revenue
Other responsibilities, as needed
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
Knowledge of large aquarium systems including life support systems, animal husbandry, maintenance needs, and quarantine protocols
Previous experience with the maintenance and operation of large life support systems, including sand filters, canister filters, UV sterilizers, protein skimmers, and ozone generators is preferred.
Knowledge of water chemistry, biological processes, and water quality analysis.
Preferred Qualifications & Experience
Bachelor’s degree in biological or life sciences or equivalent training and experience.
1+ years of experience in an aquarium or zoological facility.
Experience with plumbing.
Special Job-Related Requirements
Final offer contingent upon the successful outcome of a TB Test
There is no supervisory responsibilities associated with this role.
Classification and Schedule
This is a full-time, non-exempt position. The regular schedule is Sunday-Thursday. The ideal candidate must be able to work a flexible work schedule that includes occasional early mornings, evenings, holidays, and emergency response.
This position will require significant physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping, climbing, reaching above the head, repetitive motions, lifting heavy objects (up to 60 pounds), or standing for long periods. This position may require the ability to make coordinated gross motor movements in response to changing external stimuli within moderately demanding tolerances. This position requires the ability to withstand exposure to high levels of noises and crowds. This position will involve work in wet or humid environments. Candidates must have immunocompetence and be able to work in an environment with possible exposure to zoonoses.
LSC’s Work Culture at a Glimpse
Liberty Science Center’s culture can best be described as a fun, creative, collaborative, and casual working environment.
Liberty Science Center is located in a beautiful waterfront state park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Not only is Jersey City easy to get to from any points in Northern NJ and Manhattan, but it also holds the title of the most diverse city in the United States. Employees have access to free parking, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and the NJ Path train. In addition, all employees have access to an on-site café, a terrace with stunning NYC views, and on-site yoga.
This position will require occasional travel. Possession of a valid driver’s license in good standing is required.
Liberty Science Center provides generous benefits and perks for all eligible full-time employees, including:
Medical, dental, and life insurance
403(b) basic retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and federal holidays
Long-term disability coverage
Flexible spending accounts (pre-tax income for eligible health and/or dependent care expenses)
Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
25% discount for staff in the LSC store
25% discount in on-site cafeteria
On-site yoga for $12/class
Please submit a resume and cover letter highlighting why you are a perfect fit for this position.
Liberty Science Center is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative environment with the best employees. We, therefore, provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience, please let us know.
LSC actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.