Monterey Bay Aquarium
The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.
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What Sets Us Apart

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1. We're an inclusive, committed, diverse group of people who collaborate.

 

2. We're passionate about learning more and doing more to better our world.

 

3. We're all dedicated to conservation of the ocean.

Making a Difference

Our Culture

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Working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium is more than just going to the office every day. In addition to our purpose-driven work in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, we offer a competitive compensation and benefits package (medical, dental and life insurance; floating holidays, vacation and sick time) including a couple of things we feel distinguish us: a unique and generous retirement plan and a wellness program staff can't wait to join. We do our best to walk the talk so we offer our team members discounts at our Cafe, which serves local, sustainable and organic foods, plus subsidized gym memberships and alternative transportation discounts, too. Our goal of working toward a healthy ocean can only be achieved with a healthy organization, which is something we strive for here at the Aquarium.

Opportunities at Monterey Bay

Aquarist (Open to All Levels)
Job summary The Aquarist is responsible for performing general aquarium husbandry duties without direct supervision. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibits, preparing and dispensing specimen food, treating organisms for diseases and assisting with the collecting effort. The Aquarist also has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource to Assistant Aquarists and Volunteers. Core ResponsibilitiesMaintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a very high level of quality as defined in the Husbandry Exhibit ProtocolsPerforms general husbandry functions (detailed in Assistant Aquarist description) without direct supervisionResponsible for initial set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibit tanks and inhabitantsDetection/diagnosis and treatment of diseases of marine organisms.Diet preparation and animal feedingAbility to perform the collection of marine animals and plants, which may involve the use of SCUBAAssist in the design, development and construction of exhibit and holding aquariums and life support systemsPerforms the duties of an Assistant Aquarist, as necessary Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in Biology or equivalent experienceAbility to maintain exhibit maintenance and collection recordsUnderstanding of the basic taxonomy of marine fish, invertebrates and plantsDemonstrated understanding of basic, aquarium related water quality perimeters and water chemistry (e.g. temperature, Ph, salinity, D.O., nitrogenous compounds, etc.Demonstrated ability to assess basic invertebrate and fish healthWorking knowledge of all fundamental aquarium life support systems (LSS) and components, with a thorough understanding of the LSS of those areas to which the Aquarist is assignedDemonstrated ability to work with basic elements of plumbing required by the building, repair and maintenance of aquarium systemsProficiency with the mathematics necessary for metric conversions, water volume calculations and therapeutic calculationsDemonstrated understanding of basic food preparation, nutrition and feeding techniquesAn understanding of biological, mechanical and chemical filtrationDemonstrated ability to perform numerous types of field collectionsDemonstrated ability to properly transport and acclimate collection specimensAbility to function professionally with a positive attitude in a team environmentAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable)Follows recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium safety practicesAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education SCUBA certification highly desiredSmall boat handling experience highly desirableExperience working in a public aquarium preferredMust possess the ability to obtain a valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramKnowledge of the marine flora and fauna of the Central California CoastReference # 24770Posted on 16 Aug 2019Closes on30 Aug 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Animal Care, Aviculture, Collecting, Dive Operations, Fish & Invertebrates, Marine MammalWork type(s) Regular, Full TimeJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Aquarist (Open to All Levels)
Job summary The Aquarist is responsible for performing general aquarium husbandry duties without direct supervision. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibits, preparing and dispensing specimen food, treating organisms for diseases and assisting with the collecting effort. The Aquarist also has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource to Assistant Aquarists and Volunteers. Core ResponsibilitiesMaintain live exhibits and specimen holding facilities at a very high level of quality as defined in the Husbandry Exhibit ProtocolsPerforms general husbandry functions (detailed in Assistant Aquarist description) without direct supervisionResponsible for initial set-up, maintenance and care of aquarium exhibit tanks and inhabitantsDetection/diagnosis and treatment of diseases of marine organisms.Diet preparation and animal feedingAbility to perform the collection of marine animals and plants, which may involve the use of SCUBAAssist in the design, development and construction of exhibit and holding aquariums and life support systemsPerforms the duties of an Assistant Aquarist, as necessary Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationBachelor degree in Biology or equivalent experienceAbility to maintain exhibit maintenance and collection recordsUnderstanding of the basic taxonomy of marine fish, invertebrates and plantsDemonstrated understanding of basic, aquarium related water quality perimeters and water chemistry (e.g. temperature, Ph, salinity, D.O., nitrogenous compounds, etc.Demonstrated ability to assess basic invertebrate and fish healthWorking knowledge of all fundamental aquarium life support systems (LSS) and components, with a thorough understanding of the LSS of those areas to which the Aquarist is assignedDemonstrated ability to work with basic elements of plumbing required by the building, repair and maintenance of aquarium systemsProficiency with the mathematics necessary for metric conversions, water volume calculations and therapeutic calculationsDemonstrated understanding of basic food preparation, nutrition and feeding techniquesAn understanding of biological, mechanical and chemical filtrationDemonstrated ability to perform numerous types of field collectionsDemonstrated ability to properly transport and acclimate collection specimensAbility to function professionally with a positive attitude in a team environmentAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examination (if applicable)Follows recognized Monterey Bay Aquarium safety practicesAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core Values Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education SCUBA certification highly desiredSmall boat handling experience highly desirableExperience working in a public aquarium preferredMust possess the ability to obtain a valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramKnowledge of the marine flora and fauna of the Central California CoastReference # 24770Posted on 16 Aug 2019Closes on30 Aug 2019 23:55Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Animal Care, Aviculture, Collecting, Dive Operations, Fish & Invertebrates, Marine MammalWork type(s) Regular, Full TimeJob level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Aviculturist II
Job summary The Aviculturist II plays an internal role in supporting the institution's mission of inspiring conservation of the oceans by helping with the care of our avian collection, helping to supervise our aviculture volunteers and interns, as well as engaging our visitors.  The position will be part of the aviculture team that is responsible for care of all elements of the avian animal care, including holding areas and exhibits, transports, acclimations, introductions, incubation/hand rearing, record keeping and live animal programs.Core ResponsibilitiesAvian animal care skills, including diet preparation, animal feeding, detection of avian diseases, capture, restraint, operant conditioning, transport, incubation and hand rearingFamiliarity and ability to cover maintenance of all avian related exhibits and holdings as defined in the Animal Care Exhibit Protocols that may involve the use of SCUBAProvide appropriate treatment, under supervision of the vet, for all birds in the aquarium's collectionImplementation of animal training and enrichment programs following departmental and aquarium guidelinesSupervise aviculture volunteers and internsRecord keepingPublic speaking, including live animal presentations and guest interactionsAbility to perform duties of Aviculturist I, as neededOther duties as neededAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationAbility to make sound judgment and handle issues/problems with minimal supervisionUnderstanding of avian anatomy, behavior, animal care management, common health problems and treatments, diets and nutritionFamiliar, or ability to learn, avian related LSS at the Monterey Bay AquariumKnowledge of standard avian quarantine procedures with ability to learn and implement Monterey Bay Aquarium's specific proceduresAbility to work with and communicate successfully with diverse groups of Monterey Bay Aquarium staff and volunteersA minimum of two years' experience working as an aviculturist/bird keeper in a public zoo/aquarium, preference given to AZA certified facilitiesA minimum of two years' experience with incubation, hand rearing, and operant conditioning of avian species, preference given to experience with similar species at Monterey Bay AquariumA minimum of two years' experience with public speaking and/or visitor interpretationMaintain proficiency as an Monterey Bay Aquarium aviculturist I or equivalent positionA bachelor's degree in biology or related field or equivalent experienceAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesAbility to obtain a valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationSCUBA certification highly desiredAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examinationKnowledge of flora and fauna of the California central coastPC experience: MS Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, TRACKSExperience with avian rehabilitationAncillary ResponsibilitiesActs as a resource for other Aviculture team members, animal care staff and other department staffParticipate in other aquarium special projects, work groups and committees as requiredRespond to request for information and/or interviews for other departmentsAssist in transport, acclimation, quarantine and introductions of all avian species in the aquarium's collectionAssist in avian rehabilitation, including being a responder for Oiled Wildlife Care NetworkReference # 24750Posted on 12 Aug 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Animal Care, AvicultureWork type(s) Regular, Full Time, Hourly (non-exempt)Job level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Aviculturist II
Job summary The Aviculturist II plays an internal role in supporting the institution's mission of inspiring conservation of the oceans by helping with the care of our avian collection, helping to supervise our aviculture volunteers and interns, as well as engaging our visitors.  The position will be part of the aviculture team that is responsible for care of all elements of the avian animal care, including holding areas and exhibits, transports, acclimations, introductions, incubation/hand rearing, record keeping and live animal programs.Core ResponsibilitiesAvian animal care skills, including diet preparation, animal feeding, detection of avian diseases, capture, restraint, operant conditioning, transport, incubation and hand rearingFamiliarity and ability to cover maintenance of all avian related exhibits and holdings as defined in the Animal Care Exhibit Protocols that may involve the use of SCUBAProvide appropriate treatment, under supervision of the vet, for all birds in the aquarium's collectionImplementation of animal training and enrichment programs following departmental and aquarium guidelinesSupervise aviculture volunteers and internsRecord keepingPublic speaking, including live animal presentations and guest interactionsAbility to perform duties of Aviculturist I, as neededOther duties as neededAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationAbility to make sound judgment and handle issues/problems with minimal supervisionUnderstanding of avian anatomy, behavior, animal care management, common health problems and treatments, diets and nutritionFamiliar, or ability to learn, avian related LSS at the Monterey Bay AquariumKnowledge of standard avian quarantine procedures with ability to learn and implement Monterey Bay Aquarium's specific proceduresAbility to work with and communicate successfully with diverse groups of Monterey Bay Aquarium staff and volunteersA minimum of two years' experience working as an aviculturist/bird keeper in a public zoo/aquarium, preference given to AZA certified facilitiesA minimum of two years' experience with incubation, hand rearing, and operant conditioning of avian species, preference given to experience with similar species at Monterey Bay AquariumA minimum of two years' experience with public speaking and/or visitor interpretationMaintain proficiency as an Monterey Bay Aquarium aviculturist I or equivalent positionA bachelor's degree in biology or related field or equivalent experienceAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesAbility to obtain a valid California driver's license and maintain clearance in the DMV Pull ProgramDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or EducationSCUBA certification highly desiredAbility to pass an occupational/scientific dive physical examinationKnowledge of flora and fauna of the California central coastPC experience: MS Word, Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, TRACKSExperience with avian rehabilitationAncillary ResponsibilitiesActs as a resource for other Aviculture team members, animal care staff and other department staffParticipate in other aquarium special projects, work groups and committees as requiredRespond to request for information and/or interviews for other departmentsAssist in transport, acclimation, quarantine and introductions of all avian species in the aquarium's collectionAssist in avian rehabilitation, including being a responder for Oiled Wildlife Care NetworkReference # 24750Posted on 12 Aug 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Animal Care, AvicultureWork type(s) Regular, Full Time, Hourly (non-exempt)Job level(s) ExperiencedMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Exhibitions Project Manager
Job summary:The Exhibitions Project Manager, Construction provides general supervision, coordination and technical support to Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibition projects, and ensures that all assigned projects achieve their goals completely and efficiently, while adhering to project schedules, budgets, and quality standards. This position is responsible for exhibition construction and site installationCore ResponsibilitiesProvides project management in a professional and businesslike mannerManages fabrication project teams including exhibit designers, architects, contractors, and vendorsIn collaboration with exhibit design and planning and construction teams, this position will develop RFP's, scope of work, and contracts for exhibition fabrication projectsAssumes responsibility for all exhibit fabrication construction and site work on major Exhibition division projects, with regular and clear communication regarding progress to supervisor and other staffSupports work of other staff who are managing projects, including helping to set up and manage project budgets, schedules, and work plansEvaluates project risks regularly and works to minimize riskBuilds collaborative and positive relationships with personnel from other Aquarium divisions, management staff, clients, and contractorsCreates and implements project action plans, schedules, budgets, and Aquarium wide communication plansEnsures the quality of contracted project work, that budgets and schedules are adhered to, and that contractors comply with the terms of their contractMaintains appropriate logs, schedules, and records of projects including: contract documents, change orders, construction change directives and authorizations, shop drawings, reports of meetings and conferences, requests for payments and other important documentsEnsures timely completion of documentation and submission required by the Aquarium or by government agencies in coordination with the exhibition design and planning and construction teamsCatalogues and files project deliverables at end of project for future referenceMaintains the highest of safety standards on all site work for Exhibitions projectsAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education Minimum of 5-years' experience in museum or aquarium project management, exhibition management, exhibition fabrication or related fieldAbility manage positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholdersExperience managing production of complex, public-facing exhibitionsAbility, with training, to work with contractors and to learn to recognize and direct remediation of common construction hazards such as elevated work, confined spaces, hazardous chemicals, the hazardous release of stored energyCompetency in Microsoft programs including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerpointStrong multi-tasking abilities to facilitate multiple complex projects with constant attention to detailCapable of managing heavy workloads, planning for critical timing of installations and deadlinesHas good judgement, and problem-solving skillsAble and willing to work weekends, early morning, or after hours during major installationsExcellent oral and written communication skillsAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesDemonstrated commitment to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Leadership CompetenciesDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability to learn / Experience or EducationDegree in architecture, design management, industrial design, project management, or related field preferred; or equivalent experiencePgMP® and/or PMP® preferredWorking knowledge of project management software such as Project or similarExperience managing live-animal exhibition projects or museum experiencesEvaluates project requirements to develop and lead project delivery strategyRefines project estimating processes and toolsKnowledge of exhibition project concept design, schematic design, design development and construction/fabrication/production documentsKnowledge/experience with architectural and technical detailing, construction, fabrication and production technology and equipmentHas cost estimating experience for exhibition (zoo, aquarium, or museum) projectsReference # 23830Posted on 06 Aug 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Exhibitions, Audio Visual & Integration , Exhibit Design, Exhibit Production Design & DevelopmentWork type(s) Regular, Full Time, Salaried (exempt)Job level(s) Experienced, ManagementMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
Exhibitions Project Manager
Job summary:The Exhibitions Project Manager, Construction provides general supervision, coordination and technical support to Monterey Bay Aquarium Exhibition projects, and ensures that all assigned projects achieve their goals completely and efficiently, while adhering to project schedules, budgets, and quality standards. This position is responsible for exhibition construction and site installationCore ResponsibilitiesProvides project management in a professional and businesslike mannerManages fabrication project teams including exhibit designers, architects, contractors, and vendorsIn collaboration with exhibit design and planning and construction teams, this position will develop RFP's, scope of work, and contracts for exhibition fabrication projectsAssumes responsibility for all exhibit fabrication construction and site work on major Exhibition division projects, with regular and clear communication regarding progress to supervisor and other staffSupports work of other staff who are managing projects, including helping to set up and manage project budgets, schedules, and work plansEvaluates project risks regularly and works to minimize riskBuilds collaborative and positive relationships with personnel from other Aquarium divisions, management staff, clients, and contractorsCreates and implements project action plans, schedules, budgets, and Aquarium wide communication plansEnsures the quality of contracted project work, that budgets and schedules are adhered to, and that contractors comply with the terms of their contractMaintains appropriate logs, schedules, and records of projects including: contract documents, change orders, construction change directives and authorizations, shop drawings, reports of meetings and conferences, requests for payments and other important documentsEnsures timely completion of documentation and submission required by the Aquarium or by government agencies in coordination with the exhibition design and planning and construction teamsCatalogues and files project deliverables at end of project for future referenceMaintains the highest of safety standards on all site work for Exhibitions projectsAbsolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education Minimum of 5-years' experience in museum or aquarium project management, exhibition management, exhibition fabrication or related fieldAbility manage positive relationships with key internal and external stakeholdersExperience managing production of complex, public-facing exhibitionsAbility, with training, to work with contractors and to learn to recognize and direct remediation of common construction hazards such as elevated work, confined spaces, hazardous chemicals, the hazardous release of stored energyCompetency in Microsoft programs including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerpointStrong multi-tasking abilities to facilitate multiple complex projects with constant attention to detailCapable of managing heavy workloads, planning for critical timing of installations and deadlinesHas good judgement, and problem-solving skillsAble and willing to work weekends, early morning, or after hours during major installationsExcellent oral and written communication skillsAbility to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium's Core ValuesDemonstrated commitment to Monterey Bay Aquarium's Leadership CompetenciesDesired Skills / Knowledge / Ability to learn / Experience or EducationDegree in architecture, design management, industrial design, project management, or related field preferred; or equivalent experiencePgMP® and/or PMP® preferredWorking knowledge of project management software such as Project or similarExperience managing live-animal exhibition projects or museum experiencesEvaluates project requirements to develop and lead project delivery strategyRefines project estimating processes and toolsKnowledge of exhibition project concept design, schematic design, design development and construction/fabrication/production documentsKnowledge/experience with architectural and technical detailing, construction, fabrication and production technology and equipmentHas cost estimating experience for exhibition (zoo, aquarium, or museum) projectsReference # 23830Posted on 06 Aug 2019Location(s) Monterey BayExpertise Exhibitions, Audio Visual & Integration , Exhibit Design, Exhibit Production Design & DevelopmentWork type(s) Regular, Full Time, Salaried (exempt)Job level(s) Experienced, ManagementMore details (document)The Monterey Bay Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination. Discriminatory actions are strictly prohibited and we are committed to engaging in affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination.It is the policy of the Monterey Bay Aquarium to promote a positive program of specific practices designed to ensure equal opportunity without regard to race, sex (including breastfeeding and conditions related to breastfeeding), color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, special disabled veteran status, veteran status, medical condition, genetic characteristics and information, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), family care leave status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.VEVRAA Federal ContractorWe Request Priority Protected Veteran and Disabled Referrals for all of our locations
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