Aquatic Specialist III

Aquatic Specialist III

National Institutes of Health //
Bethesda, MD //
Apply by: August 30, 2024
Application Information: Katherine Schlosser (240)-418-3187

Under the direction of Project Management, the Aquatic Facility Specialist III will provide technical and husbandry services. Primary responsibilities include the provision of animal husbandry to aquatic species (Zebrafish, Xenopus & Cavefish) or any other aquatic or semi-aquatic species that may be utilized in biomedical research, the scheduling of procedure room usage, husbandry room activities, and storage room maintenance. Duties include maintaining/ troubleshooting housing systems, performing basic water quality tests, room sanitation and maintaining detailed records. Responsible for completing assigned duties according to established procedures, guidelines, and instructions. Aquatic Facility Specialists II will demonstrate the ability to interact with investigators and have experience with the type of research animals assigned to the area.

Functions & Responsibilities

Essential Functions

Must be able to troubleshoot and correct all aquatic support equipment upon direction of the Facility Manager or Veterinarian. Perform prescribed treatment on the animals or system upon direction of the Facility Veterinarian. Researches new species, systems, techniques, products, and management of aquatic related topics relevant to the lab. Application of new knowledge or skills acquired through experience or training to perform the more complex tasks of the position.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

Adhere to established SOPs, NIH security procedures and confidentiality requirements
Assist in the receipt of animal, supplies, feed, and bedding
Assure accurate reporting and maintenance of routinely used items
Identify and report potential problem areas with personnel, equipment, or facilities
Support/comply with the QA/QC and Training programs
Maintain a current knowledge of existing and proposed laws, regulations, and guidelines affecting the care and use of animals
Communicate in English (both oral and written form) and demonstrate use of good leadership, team building and management skills
Identifies/reports abnormalities (parasites, abnormal behavior, etc.) of aquatic species to Facility Veterinarian
Technical service to include maintaining all aquatic support equipment, breeding schedules, stock/strain breeding, setup of fish breeding tanks for investigator use, and maintains all aquatics facilities
Change aquatic holding tanks as per SOP to maintain appropriate water quality and provide visibility of animals for daily observations;
Deliver dirty tanks to designated facilities for cagewash services
Applies aquatic terminology in all methods of communication
Safely and correctly handles and restrains animals for observation and/or minor procedures
Maintains all aquatic holding systems and areas in clean condition without risk to research animals housed
Inspect all rooms and common areas for damaged equipment and abnormal environmental parameters
Identifies, documents, and reports any environmental abnormalities
Accurately performs all in-house water quality tests. Applies knowledge of basic aquatic water chemistry
Assist in coordinating the use of all aquatic procedure areas. This involves keeping the areas stocked with supplies, (e.g., crossing tanks, nets, screens, etc.).
Applies knowledge of similarities and differences of types of aquatic holding systems

Skills & Experience

Education & Experience

Have two years’ experience working with aquatic species required. Formal education shall include a minimum of a BS degree in biological sciences.

Job Requirements

Physical Requirements

Must be able to perform the following physical activities: climbing, reaching, kneeling, standing, stooping, walking, sitting, pushing, pulling, hearing and talking. Must be able to lift/move 50 lbs.

Working Conditions

Task employees shall work mostly indoors. However, employees may be required to work outside performing tasks associated with picking up and delivering animals, supplies and small equipment; transporting waste and recyclables; moving equipment into and out of remote storage locations; traveling from one facility to another; and climbing ladders. Basic workweek of forty (40) hours per week with the start and the end of the workday dependent on the contract requirements of the workplace. Routine work hours are between 7:00am-4:30pm (core hours 7:30am – 4:00pm). Hours are dictated by the institutional research schedule weekend and holiday work to be scheduled on a rotating basis. Must be reliable in attendance to ensure animals receive appropriate level of care. Potential for call-in to assist facility or animal health related emergencies. Potential to provide weekend coverage if there is short staffing and unable to find replacements.

Salary & Benefits