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Position Title: Temporary Aquarist
Full-time/Part-time: Full-time; weekends, holidays and evenings as required
Period of Hire: From date of hire until June 30, 2018
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Department: Living Collections
Reports To: Lead Aquarist

Aquarists are responsible for the husbandry of animals owned by or entrusted to the aquarium, the appearance and upkeep of live exhibits, enclosures and the associated life support systems, and the support areas related to the animal collection such as the lab and food prep kitchen. Each Aquarist will be assigned a number of primary responsibilities, and all Aquarists are expected to support each other as needed.

Primary Duties

  • Provide daily cleaning and care of assigned exhibits and life support systems.
  • Feed animals according to established feed schedule, recommend changes as necessary.
  • Make daily observations of animals for health assessment and report suspected incidence of disease immediately to the management; collaborate on appropriate therapy.
  • Maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • Update/create policies and protocols as required.
  • Monitor and manage water quality in assigned exhibits and holding tanks.
  • Participate in the construction and care of exhibit life support systems, including routine preventative maintenance on equipment.
  • Provide alternate coverage for other Aquarists as assigned.
  • Ensure all husbandry areas are kept clean, organized and hazard free; report maintenance needs; perform minor maintenance tasks.
  • Provide superb customer service for all visitors.
  • Train and direct interns, volunteers and Aquarist Aides.
  • Study reference materials about animals in assigned areas.
  • Calmly and efficiently implement emergency procedures as directed.
  • Work safely with and around potentially hazardous chemicals and dangerous animals.
  • Extended periods of standing and heavy lifting up to 50 lbs.
  • Ensure daily and weekly check sheets are current.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on biology or related field is preferred.
  • Previous exposure to aquariums and/or zoos and a background related to living organisms in a professional setting is preferred.
  • Should demonstrate a basic understanding of the operation of the equipment necessary to maintain live exhibits, especially aquatic life support systems.
  • Should demonstrate a basic understanding of the fundamentals of water chemistry and basic analysis of critical water quality parameters.
  • Should possess knowledge and skills for minor carpentry, plumbing, and painting.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Primary Duties with or without accommodation.
  • Must possess or be able to acquire a valid Iowa, Wisconsin or Illinois driver’s license within 3 months of hire.
  • SCUBA certification is a benefit but not required.
  • Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
  • Must possess good decision-making skills to make sound, independent judgments.
  • Must possess good problem-solving skills to identify problems and suggest solutions.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, complete an application at, or visit the box office location at the museum.  Completed applications can be submitted in person, submitted to either box office location at the museum, or emailed to

Position Title:   Retail Coordinator
Full-time/Part-time: Part-time

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRMA) is seeking candidates for the position of Retail Coordinator. An ideal candidate is someone with exceptional service skills, self-motivated and positively portrays the organization. This part time opportunity requires 25-30 hours per week.

This employee is part of a team of associates who work together to provide the best possible experience for every individual visiting the Museum Store. Our goal is to enhance the museum & aquarium experience by providing our guests with memories to take home with them after their visit.

  • Enjoy interactions with a wide variety of museum guests as you work overseeing point of sale transactions, executing day to day operations and supervising retail associates.
  • Assist Retail Manager in receiving stock merchandise, managing inventory, creating merchandise displays and helping with the buying process.
  • A highly qualified individual would have previous experiences in retail, merchandising, cash handling and customer service. Previous supervisory experience preferred, but not required.
  • A qualified candidate will be a highly organized individual that pays close attention to detail allowing for the development of leadership skills and sustained success.
  • Competitive base wage starting at $12.00 per hour. Primary hours Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Occasional weekend and evening hours may apply. Life and work balance is a priority allowing for flexible scheduling. A free membership to the museum is included for all employees, as well as discounts at our retail outlets.

If you are interested in becoming a part of our team, complete an application at, or visit the box office location at the museum.  Completed applications can be submitted in person, submitted to either box office location at the museum, or emailed to