Employment Opportunities

Assistant Curator of Living Collections

Assistant Curator of Living Collections reports to the Director of Living Collections. This position requires a blend of empathy, leadership and organizational abilities. 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.  Problem solving skills are critical.

Responsibilities include:

  • Day-to-day management of staff and volunteers
  • Overseeing daily operations to ensure that facilities meet our standards
  • Work with the Education Department on research and public programs
  • Assist with the development and implementation of animal management plans
  • Manage animal diets and food supply

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Marine Biology or related field
  • 3-5 years experience in animal care at a zoo or aquarium preferably with marine mammals
  • In depth knowledge of aquatic animal health and behavior
  • SCUBA certification
  • Demonstrated professional commitment to the conservation of aquatic animals
  • Proven leadership ability, organizational skills and communication skills
  • Proven strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Ability to train personnel in the field of water treatment and animal care/life support
  • Understanding of applied water chemistry principles
  • Problem analysis and resolution skills

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Budget development and management experience
  • 25 hours open water dive experience
  • Knowledge of dive equipment function
  • Weekend availability may be required

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and references to HR@SouthFloridaMuseum.org, Subject: Assistant Director of Living Collections - no phone calls, please. 


Aquarist - Part-Time

The Aquarist reports to the Assistant Curator of Living Collections and the Director of Living Collections. This position requires an understanding of aquatic life support, water quality and the ability to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems.  The Aquarist must be detail oriented and able to communicate clearly.

Responsibilities include:

  • Monitor water Quality
  • 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 
  • Ability to perform water quality tests and formulate therapeutic regimes independently Knowledge and experience with aquatic animal care and collection techniques
  • 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:
  • Familiarity with research projects
  • Weekend availability may be required

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


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.