Husbandry Aide; National Aquarium

Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a nonprofit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbor redevelopment. SmartCEO Magazine honored the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 38-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Welfare and Science teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

General Purpose:

Provides animal care coverage within assigned team and exhibit(s).

Essential Functions:

  • Provides regular, routine daily care of amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and fishes within the assigned exhibit, and back-up holding areas.
    • Prepares diets, feeds and provides water to the animal collection within assigned exhibit, including amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and fishes in the exhibits and back-up holding areas; orders supplies as needed.
    • Monitors health of amphibian, reptile, invertebrate, and fish collection and works with the medical department to implement treatment programs as needed.
    • Administers medication, weighs animals, and maintains records as needed.
    • Performs quarantine protocols and introduction of new specimens.
    • Safely handles/restrains amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, fishes for medical procedures.
    • Maintains live feed colonies as assigned.
    • Observes animal behavior such as inter- and intra- species aggression, interference with reproduction, feeding, etc., habitat use, etc., and gathers data in order to base management decisions.
  • Maintains the exhibit and back-up holding areas.
    • Services exhibits daily.
    • Cleans off-exhibit cages.
    • Cleans food dishes.
    • Assists with enclosure and exhibit improvements, by implementing habitat enhancements.
    • Monitors and records temperature, water chemistry data, etc. Monitors, operates and maintains life support equipment.
    • Keeps back-up areas clean and organized.
    • Assists in pest control.
  • Gives presentations, back-up tours to members and colleagues, etc. as needed.
  • Participates in field collection/research, as needed.
  • Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned or required

Qualifications/Position Requirements:

  • High School Diploma
  • Two years of college and/or equivalent experience required.
  • Experience with amphibians, reptiles and invertebrates desired
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • Must be energetic, responsible, and grounded. .
  • Basic knowledge of biology, and zoology concepts and be able to apply to an Aquarium setting.
  • Must be interested and able to learn about common amphibian, reptile, invertebrate, and fish diseases, herpetoculture/aquaculture handling/husbandry techniques and basic exhibitory.
  • Must be adept at following established safety procedures and assigned tasks.
  • Must be able to work well under direction and have capacity to absorb feedback from Biological Programs
  • Must be able to meet developmental goals.
  • Should have an affinity for animals and an educational orientation.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with the visitors, and staff.
  • Familiarity with computers is necessary; should be able to log and record.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing

Job Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Duration: Full-Time, 12 weeks

Application Website: Apply here