Employment Opportunities

Manatee Care Specialist - Part-Time

The Manatee Care Specialist reports to the Assistant Curator of Living Collections and the Director of Living Collections. He or she must be visitor-oriented, receptive to feedback and able to communicate clearly, as well as detail-oriented, an independent worker with good time management skills and have the ability to enforce compliance with policies and procedures. This position requires an understanding of direct animal care and aquatic life support. The Manatee Care Specialist must be detail oriented and able to communicate clearly.

Responsibilities include:

  • Care for manatees, including feeding, water quality, records keeping and cleaning
  • Administer informational presentations for public and educational groups
  • Maintain exhibits, service and holding areas, ensure a high aesthetic standard for display
  • SCUBA dive in displays for cleaning and maintenance
  • Interface with the public and volunteers as necessary
  • Understand and apply the legal parameters set by United States Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA
Required Qualifications:
  • Require Minimum of two years experience working at a public aquarium or related field 
  • In depth knowledge of aquatic animal health and behavior
  • SCUBA certification
  • Demonstrated professional commitment to the conservation of aquatic animals
  • Comfortable with computer usage and standard computer programs
  • Knowledge and experience with aquatic animal care and collection techniques
  • Familiarity with the basic parameters of water quality and treatment
  • Able to maintain a positive work attitude at all times
  • Be high energy, efficient, responsible and proactive 
  • Experience with life support equipment
  • Experience with aquatic animal husbandry
  • Valid Driver’s License.
Additional Qualifications:
  • 25 hours open water dive experience
  • Knowledge of dive equipment function
  • Familiarity with research projects
  • Weekend availability may be required

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and references to HR@SouthFloridaMuseum.org, Subject: Manatee Care Specialist - no phone calls, please.