Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum //
Tucson, AZ //
Posted on: April 26, 2022 //
Apply by: May 31, 2022

The focus of this position is with marine stingrays and associated Stingray Touch exhibit & reserve areas. The applicant must have knowledge and experience in husbandry specific to Ichthyology. Knowledge and experience with saltwater systems (life support, water quality, and marine animal husbandry) in a professional animal care facility are required. Plumbing skills and pump replacement experience are preferred. This position is responsible for providing aquatic animal care and enrichment, monitoring animal health, working with department volunteers and interns, as well as maintaining orderliness of departmental areas. This position also serves as back-up support for other HIIZ keepers’ aquatic service areas. This support may also include the care of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Some knowledge of the aforementioned terrestrial animals is desirable.

The candidate must be comfortable with developing and offering public presentations in a variety of settings. Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region is desirable but not required. The successful candidate will be expected to continue to seek and acquire historic and current education/knowledge in related areas.

About Us
The Desert Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to conservation and research of the Sonoran Desert region with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued. It is a fusion experience zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery, natural history museum, and research institute. The AZA has recognized the Desert Museum for over 25 years of continuous accreditation.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Ensures animal welfare and institutional support by performing the following duties:
• Prepares food for charges by chopping or grinding meat, fish, fruit, or vegetables; mixing prepared, dry, or liquid commercial feeds, or unbaling forage grasses per department practices and protocols
• Cleans and fills water containers and places food in enclosures per department practices and protocols
• Adds vitamins, medications or supplements to food or water as prescribed by ASDM’s Veterinarian
• Observes animals to detect illnesses or injuries and notifies Curator or ASDM’s Veterinarians of findings. Will promptly notify Curator or veterinary team of issues and concerns
• Assists ASDM’s Veterinarians and Veterinary Technician in treatment of animals for illnesses and injuries
• Will perform injection of prescribed medications after appropriate training from ASDM veterinary staff
• Cleans and disinfects animals’ quarters per department practices and protocols
• Will assist with developing desired animal behaviors per department practices and protocols
• Will be involved in the training of co-workers
• Will be involved with the training, management and certification of volunteers
• Under curatorial direction, transfers Collection animals from one location or enclosure to another for purposes such as rearrangement of exhibits, veterinary needs, or programs
• Sets temperature and humidity controls of quarters as specified per department practices and protocols
• Answers visitor questions concerning animal habits, conservation, or museum operations
• Participates in educational activities as required, (i.e., Docent classes, ADC, Art Institute, media)
• Assists other collection departments, maintenance, and exhibits staff when required
• May assist in the collection of specimens and exhibit materials per ASDM guidelines
• Will provide and create approved environmental enrichment, following AZA guidelines and per department practices and protocols
• Will participate in formal presentations at ASDM or off-site, (i.e., Keeper talks, theater programs, behind-the-scenes tours)
• Will complete on-line annual training as required

Other Duties & Responsibilities

There are no staff supervisory responsibilities associated with this position. However, this position may supervise and/or provide direction to volunteers assisting with Keeper duties.

Skills & Experience

Knowledge & Skills

Other Skills and Abilities
• Knowledge of the Sonoran Desert region highly desirable
• Knowledge of zoo facilities and operations desirable
• Knowledge of natural history, safe animal capture and handling, husbandry, and ecosystems required
• Must be available to work weekends and holidays, in addition to occasional evenings/nights as required to meet ASDM’s operational needs.

Education & Experience

The qualified candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field. A minimum of three years’ paid experience with aquatic fish husbandry and life support systems in a professional animal care facility (preferably an AZA accredited institution) is required for this position. A combination of education and applicable experience may also be considered.

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is often quiet, but hearing protection is occasionally required. Other personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required as directed.

Salary & Benefits
Salary: $16.25/hour
Bargaining Unit Position; Initial Step is $16.25/hour plus Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s comprehensive benefit package which includes medical, dental, vision, employer-funded health reimbursement account, life and LTD insurance, medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, 403(b) retirement plan with Roth option, Dual-level membership, paid holidays, personal business time, sick leave, and vacation.