Work at the Aquarium

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Current Opportunities

Job Summary

Primarily responsible for the acquisition, transport and care of aquatic specimens, exhibit maintenance including diving with scuba and surface supply, proper water quality and maintenance of life support systems.

Essentials Functions

  • Adheres to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies & Procedures.
  • Locates and acquires desired specimens primarily by collecting.
  • Maintains proper water quality in all systems.
  • Evaluates animals’ health and environment requirements.
  • Quarantines and administers medications to animals.
  • Develops and distributes a proper nutritional diet.
  • Maintains exhibit aesthetics, including tank and filter cleaning and periodic renovations.
  • Designs, constructs and maintains life support systems.
  • Provides periodic interaction with the Aquariums’ visitors.
  • Keeps accurate records, orders supplies and maintains equipment.
  • Provides coverage for other Aquarium’s Husbandry positions as required.
  • Must be flexible with work schedule, including working weekends, holidays and evenings.
  • Work unsupervised and make decisions consistent with the team philosophy.
  • Perform dive related tank maintenance on any aquarium system as required.
  • Ability to dive with and handle sharks, rays, venomous fish, eels and sea turtles.
  • Supervises Volunteers and Interns

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Other responsibilities (meetings, committees etc….)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to recognize and prevent diseases.
  • Ability to properly collect and handle spec
  • Good working knowledge of water quality.
  • Understand the mechanical equipment necessary to maintain living exhibits including sand filters, water pumps, protein skimmers, heat exchangers, ozone and UV filters.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated skill for minor plumbing, carpentry and electrical work.
  • Ability to pass dive physical, dive skill evaluation and swim test within 2 months of hire.
  • 3 years of dive experience in a public aquarium setting with a minimum of 50 dives.
  • Skilled in boat handling and navigation.

Education & Experience Required

  • BS in biology, aquatic biology or a closely related field.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in exhibiting aquatic animals at an AZA-accredited facility or acceptable equivalent.
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Job Status

Non-exempt, Part-time

Job Summary

This position is designed to be an ambassador for the Aquarium through a variety of on-site and off-site educational programs. Duties include leading curriculum based programs, participating in offsite outreaches, supporting daily education and interpretive programs, and engaging with guests.

Essentials Functions

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies
  • Provide an exceptional visitor experience for all guests
  • Engage guests through daily shows, guided tours, and gallery interpretation
  • Implement K-12 school programs for groups of visiting students
  • Participate in outreach programs
  • Assist in member and community programs
  • SCA 1st Responder
  • Other duties as required

License and Certifications Required

  • Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Participates in special projects such as assisting students with class projects, helping with member programs, and assisting the aquarist staff with unusual tasks such as large renovation projects. May also identify life support system problems and suggest possible solutions.
  • Possesses a working knowledge of the living collection, basic aquariology, and exposure to field collection activities.
  • Maintains accurate records such as water analysis information and enters this data into computerized files.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Outstanding interpretive skills.
  • Ability to work with audiences of all ages.
  • Must be able to give interpretive talks to groups of 10-200 people.
  • Skills needed to combine creativity, enthusiasm, and exemplary teaching methods to engage visitors in science related activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must be a team player and self-motivated.
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor.
  • Must be able to handle live animals.
  • Professional image required.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Aquarium exhibits and animals.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in science, interpretation, education or related field
  • Minimum of one year of experience in a related field with demonstrated teamwork and interpretive skills.
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Job Status

Non-exempt, Part-time

Job Summary

Responsible for the operation of the Water Quality Lab (including routine water quality analysis on all systems, maintenance and calibration of all water quality lab equipment, and manipulation of closed systems to reach specified water chemistry parameters), operation and maintenance of specified life support systems and automation (including 24/7 operational support, seawater acquisition and ozone systems) and design and fabrication work with the Husbandry department to improve efficiencies of life support systems or support networks.

Essentials Functions

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies.
  • Operates and maintains the Aquarium’s water quality laboratory.
  • Performs chemical analysis on all aquatic systems.
  • Responsible for acquisition of raw saltwater and its purification treatment.
  • Responsible for fresh water purification systems.
  • Interprets data and performs follow-ups.
  • Logs and reports analyzed results to the appropriate staff.
  • Keeps accurate records, orders supplies, and maintains equipment.
  • Conducts routine operation and maintenance of the life support control system.
  • Keeps work areas clean and organized.
  • Supervises volunteers and interns, including training, evaluating and scheduling.
  • Provides periodic interaction with the visitors and membership.
  • Develops & updates safety protocols.
  • Coordinate with LS vendors and contractors for repairs and site visits
  • Identify improvement projects and submit plan of action.
  • Provide training to staff on associated life support equipment and processes.
  • Provide 24/7 operational support.
  • Able to work flexible hours throughout the week. May be called on after-hours or during weekends for emergency work.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Participates in special projects such as assisting students with class projects, helping with member programs, and assisting the aquarist staff with unusual tasks such as large renovation projects. May also identify life support system problems and suggest possible solutions.
  • Possesses a working knowledge of the living collection, basic aquariology, and exposure to field collection activities.
  • Maintains accurate records such as water analysis information and enters this data into computerized files.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Previous experience with analytic equipment in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience with ozone application and monitoring.
  • Experience with automated life support systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of freshwater and saltwater chemistry.
  • Plumbing & mechanical skills.
  • Understands proper use of industrial tools and equipment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Basic swimming ability.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Oceanography, or Biological sciences with a strong chemistry background required (or five years experience working in related field at a comparable public Aquarium).
  • Minimum of three months experience in an aquarium or zoological field.
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Job Status

Non-exempt, Part-time

Job Summary

Guest Services Associates are responsible for insuring our guests have a great time at the South Carolina Aquarium. This position is responsible for greeting and interacting with our guests while assisting their entrance and exit through various experiences at the South Carolina Aquarium. Daily activities involve rotating through key positions throughout the building from welcoming guests at the entrance to managing the flow of guests through the 4-D theatre.

Essentials Functions

  • Have fun interacting with our guests in various positions:
    • Welcome all guests and assist in entry by taking tickets, greeting, or verifying re-entry.
    • Thank all guests for visiting and provide hand stamps for re-entry.
    • Assist guests in entering the 4-D theater by managing the queue, answering questions, and distributing 3-D glasses.
    • Assist guests in exiting the 4-D theater and managing the daily handling of 3-D glasses.
    • Graciously direct and facilitate traffic through Admissions, efficiently handling crowds and the logistics associated with their control.
  • Provide our guests with information on daily programs, exhibits and Charleston area attractions.
  • Promote memberships, Adopt-An-Animal, behind the scenes tours and other Aquarium fundraising programs to guests.
  • Assist with customer care, including but not limited to: first aid, fire evacuations and lost and found.
  • Maintain the safety, cleanliness and organization of all work and break areas, both in view of the general public and behind the scenes
  • Maintain constant interaction with our guests to ensure an excellent visitor experience
  • Assist Aquarium guests in a variety of posts and responsibilities from taking tickets to assisting in the organization of our daily responsibilities.
  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies & Procedures.
  • Weekend and holiday work required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Positive, fun, and optimistic personality
  • Must be comfortable working in a high energy environment with heavy public contact
  • Ability to work in a constantly changing environment, take initiative and be adaptable
  • Ability to speak in front of groups and individuals
  • Ability to maintain courteous manner, be flexible and solve problems under a variety of circumstances
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Must enjoy the team environment and interaction with coworkers and guests
  • Must be committed to providing enthusiastic customer service at all time
  • Interest in learning about the Aquarium’s animals and programs

Education & Experience Required

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of one-year in hospitality/tourist based operation preferred.
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