Zoological Specialist, Associate (Associate Aquarist)

SeaWorld Orlando

At SeaWorld, we’re passionate about the humane and responsible treatment of marine animals and we’re looking for a special person who shares our dedication to keeping these special creatures healthy and content. If you’re committed to providing exceptional care to our unique collection of animals, we’d love to have you join us!

What you get to do:
As an Associate Aquarist you will maintain husbandry of fish and other aquatic life in aquarium exhibits, including preparing food and feeding animals. This role will involve providing proper aquarium maintenance, such as algae removal, display diving, aquarium decorating, preventive maintenance, pump replacement, etc. You will:
  • Handle basic food preparation and feeding of animals in specific aquarium area
  • Utilize proper aquarium maintenance techniques for algae removal, display diving, and aquarium decorating
  • Basic water quality testing, chemical additions, salt water make up, pH and temperature testing
  • Perform aquarium husbandry techniques including taxonomy, record keeping, aquarium filtration, aquarium theory, and emergency procedures
  • Assist in basic animal transports
  • Assist with minor repairs to aquarium filtration systems
  • Answer guest questions concerning aquarium animals

As a 365 day/year operation, candidates are expected to provide flexible availability to support year-round operating needs. This may include, but is not limited to, working opening, mid-day and closing shifts during peak and non-peak seasons, as well as weekends and holidays.

What it takes to succeed:
  • At least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid state driver’s license and be able to obtain a company driver’s license
  • Ability to pass SeaWorld swim/dive test and SeaWorld diving physical
  • Prior public aquarium, aquaculture or aquarium hobby experience
  • Able to work independently with little to no supervision as well as in a team environment
  • Comfortable with media interviews, PR campaigns, and PR events
  • SCUBA certified
  • Able to complete provided CPR training/certification
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be comfortable with exposure to noise and vibrations
  • Able to work in all weather conditions and temperature extremes
  • Able to train on and properly use protective gear
  • Comfortable working around fumes/dust/odor
  • Able to work indoors/outdoors with or without A/C for entire shift
  • Comfortable working around chemicals
  • Available to work varying shifts or hours based on park hours; i.e. be able to work opening and closing shifts

Desired Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science or a related field preferred

The perks of the position:
As part of the SeaWorld family, you’ll enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment and great teammates, as well as:
  • FREE park admission
  • Discounted park admission tickets and passes for family and friends
  • Park discounts on food, merchandise, etc.

Join the team!
If you’re looking for the opportunity to make the most of your abilities in a one-of-a-kind setting with an entertainment industry leader, we’re looking for you!

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SeaWorld Orlando

Orlando, FL


Part Time