Zoo & Aquarium Science Lead Aquarist

Zoo & Aquarium Science Lead Aquarist


Davidson County Community College
297 DCCC Road
Thomasville, NC 27360
Phone: 336-249-8186


Commensurate with experience


Full Time Benefits

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Closes: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Target Start Date

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Expected Work Hours


Employment Type

Full Time

Minimum Qualifications

Applied Associate’s or Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university

Professional experience working with aquatic and terrestrial animals in a team environment

Preferred Qualifications

Experience providing opportunities in an education environment

Experience supervising workers in an animal care setting

Experience related to the duties and responsibilities specified

Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community

Position Description

Be part of something big.

Davidson-Davie Community College is an award-winning institution that is committed to being a welcoming campus community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity and inclusion to ensure student learning and success.  We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. Our goal is to identify individuals who will assist in our mission, so that everyone has the opportunity to succeed at Davidson-Davie Community College.

Our benefits and other resources make it possible to excel both professionally and personally. We are a dynamic community that supports and celebrates the success of our students, faculty and staff. The future is here!

The Zoo & Aquarium Science Lead Aquarist is a 12 month position that enhances learning opportunities for students, provides management of the teaching animal collection, and provides positive experiences for diverse groups of guests. The Aquarist works with Davidson-Davie Faculty, Staff, and Students to operate the multifaceted teaching and learning spaces in the Sinclair building at the highest standard. In addition, the Aquarist serves as a liaison for community engagement. This position reports to the Faculty, Aquarium Science and has the following responsibilities:


Essential Job Functions:


  • Coordinates the full time and on-call management for two teaching spaces (aquatic and terrestrial). This may include weekends and holidays year round.
  • Facilitates and executes daily operations including food prep (and inventory) and feeding, water quality testing, habitat maintenance, water changes, enrichment, exhibit setup and breakdown, and daily records keeping to industry standards.
  • Assists and supervises students, part-time aquarists, work-study students, and students completing Work Based Learning coursework in the teaching spaces.
  • Oversees and coordinates tour requests from prospective students, K-12 groups, special events such as open aquarium days, media events and VIP tours.
  • Assists Faculty and Staff with external outreach opportunities to local schools, libraries, civic groups, nature centers with marketing materials and live animals.
  • Actively manages acquisition and disposition logistics and record keeping of donated animals and equipment.
  • Assists with animal health diagnostics and procedures, veterinarian appointments, medication administration, and treatment plan execution.
  • Engages in professional development activities and staying abreast of current zoo and aquarium technologies and protocols.
  • Maintains sensitivity, understanding, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Participates in campus committees and attends College and division events and meetings.
  • Supports the mission, vision, and values of the College.
  • Performs other duties as assigned which support the purpose and initiatives of the College.

Job Post Contact

Davidson-Davie Community College


Fax:  336-249-1933