Children's Aquarium Openings

Children's Aquarium Openings

Mar 4, 2015


Aquarists (Aquarist I) are responsible for the husbandry of fishes, invertebrates, and reptiles in their assigned section.  This includes feeding, water quality analysis, life support system (LSS) maintenance, and general housekeeping.  Other duties and special projects will be undertaken by the aquarist as assigned.



  • Provide a diverse and species-appropriate diet to animals in their care.  Maintain high standards of cleanliness and seafood safety in food preparation areas.
  • Each day conduct a thorough walkthrough to ensure functionality of all LSS in assigned section immediately upon arrival and before leaving at the end of the day.
  • Observe animals daily and report any abnormal behavior/appearance to supervisor immediately.
  • Maintain adequate animal records by recording every animal move, acquisition, disposition, and every significant behavioral or health observation on daily reports.
  • Maintain all of the LSS for their assigned section including pumps, UV sterilizers, protein skimmers, sand filters, et cetera. Immediately report any needed repairs to supervisor.
  • Conduct regular water quality analysis on assigned tanks, record all data collected on appropriate datasheets and electronic records, report any abnormal water chemistry parameters to supervisor immediately.
  • Maintain aesthetics in exhibits by keeping viewing panels free of visible algae at all times.  Clean tank walls, décor, rockwork, and substrate as needed to maintain high aesthetic standards.  Conduct water changes and siphon substrate in all tanks at least weekly.
  • General housekeeping in back-of-house areas; all work areas should be clean and organized.
  • Complete special projects, both major and minor, as assigned by supervisor.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Must have a bachelor’s degree in biology or related science; equivalent training and experience may be considered in lieu of a B.S.
  • Prior experience working with marine invertebrates, especially jellyfish propagation strongly preferred.
  • One (1) year experience working in an aquarium or zoo setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of aquarium LSS, plumbing, water chemistry, and water quality analysis.
  • Must be flexible, able to follow instructions and protocols, and possess a positive attitude.
  • Must have good observation skills and be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, stoop, crawl, twist, reach above head, pull bend, climb stairs and ladders and carry up to 65lbs.
  • Must be able to work holidays and weekends.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a Texas Class C driver’s license to drive Zoo vehicles and have reliable transportation.


How to apply

Apply online: You may download an application or e-mail a resume with cover letter to Be sure to place the job code of the position for which you are applying in the subject line. Job codes are on the individual job listings.

Apply by mail: Download and mail a completed application or resume with cover letter to: Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. Attn: Human Resources 650 S. R.L. Thornton Frwy Dallas, TX 75203

Apply by fax:  Download and Fax a completed application or resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources at 469.554.7388.

Apply in person:  You may complete and turn in an application or drop off a resume with cover letter, Attn: Human Resources.

Please note:  All applicants desiring to be considered for more than one posted position must apply for each position separately.

Due to the heavy volume of applicants, only those selected for interviews and/or further screening will be contacted.

Successful candidates must pass pre-employment drug screening, background check and TB test.


Join the Dallas Zoo Management, Inc. community to experience a unique, challenging and rewarding career. If you are interested, please email your resume and cover letter to All applicants MUST place job code AQ1JFin the subject line to be considered.