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#107972 Aquarist

Filing Deadline: Tue 3/2/2021

UC San Diego current employees who apply by 2/23/21 will have priority consideration for this position. Recruiters will refer qualified internal candidates after the first 7 days of the job posting. All qualified external applicants and additional internal applicants who apply after the priority date may have further consideration pending the results of the initial review.

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 2/19/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

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Under general supervision of the Aquarium Curators, responsible for the maintenance of the specimens and associated life support systems for the assigned gallery display tanks and associated workspace at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Shares the animal care duties for approximately 6000 specimens representing over 500 species in over 250 tanks (65 for public view). Observes specimen health and behavior and performs the care needed to keep them in healthy condition including cleaning, diving and other husbandry related activities. Maintain environmentally accurate displays. Observes and maintains life support systems and with maintenance department ensures that all external life support systems are functioning properly. Keep accurate records monitoring specimen health, behavior, feedings, and locations. Assists in collections of specimens needed for all galleries.


  • Minimum of three (3+) or more years aquarist's experience in a public aquarium.

  • Bachelor's Degree in marine biology or related field and or equivalent experience.

  • Proven knowledge marine vertebrates and invertebrates: natural history, behaviors, compatibility. Areas of focus may be California current, Western tropical Pacific or other areas as determined.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic fish disease diagnosis, treatment, and necropsy procedures.

  • Thorough knowledge and experience with aquarium life support systems.

  • Strong organizational skills and ability to keep accurate, consistent records relating to all aspects of animal care and systems maintenance.

  • Demonstrated consistent excellent verbal, written and body communication skills; ability to work well with others and to address issues in professional manner through management and team

  • Proven knowledge of nitrification cycle as it pertains to aquarium systems. Understanding and ability to use water chemistry analysis on a regular basis to determine optimal husbandry conditions.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to collect specimens using SCUBA, hook and line, seine, and tide-pooling.

  • Demonstrated skill in working with the general public.

  • Ability to follow all safety precautions for equipment and procedures while working on the job.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

  • Must be able to work weekends, occasional nights, major holidays, during other staff's absence, and to respond to emergencies.

  • SCUBA certification required. Rescue diver certification preferred. Will accept basic open water certification but must acquire AAUS Scientific Diver certification (Scripps Institution of Oceanography dive class) within 6 months.

  • Must possess and maintain valid California Driver's license

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 13 paid holidays a year)
c) Work/Life Balance
d) Life insurance
e) UC Retirement Plan
f) Pet Insurance

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Payroll Title:
Hiring Salary Range
$22.13 /hour
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TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Variable, 8 hrs/day, Tue-Sat