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What Do They Do?An aquarist could...
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A summer day at the beach can be very relaxing. The sand is warm and the waves lap gently on the shore. But beneath the water's surface is a world that is teeming with rich plant and animal life. For many of us, it isn't possible to experience this world firsthand. But at a public aquarium, we can take a peek and examine close up the beautiful fish and coral. An aquarist cares for the animal and plant life that you see in those aquarium displays. Aquarists make sure that all of the animals and plants in their displays are well fed and free of disease.
Do You Have the Skills and Characteristics of an Aquarist?
- Monitoring: ? Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Service Orientation: ? Actively looking for ways to help people.
- Coordination: ? Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
- Judgment and Decision Making: ? Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
- Active Listening: ? Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Reading Comprehension: ? Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Core TasksThink about if you'd like the typical tasks an Aquarist might do:
- Preserve exhibit aesthetics by cleaning viewing surface regularly, adding and removing specimens, maintaining proper lighting, and removing unwanted materials.
- Maintain aquarium tank-life support by monitoring equipment performance and troubleshooting, repairing, and replacing equipment as necessary.
- Test aquarium water quality and make adjustments as necessary.
- Acquire specimens after identifying sources and obtaining permits. Oversee specimen transport, acclimation, and introduction into exhibits.
- Determine the dietary needs of specimens. Prepare meals and feed specimens.
- Maintain and record animal health by observing and diagnosing health issues, and applying appropriate treatments.
- Design exhibits after determining theme and focus and after conducting feasibility study. Design appropriate life-support system.
- Locate and order materials, prepare location, and construct exhibits.
- Assist with training, education, and media relations. May include training volunteers and interns and preparing presentations for tours.
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