Aquarist III

Jan 24 2024
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach |Honolulu|Full Time, $24.18 / hour
Category: Ocean & Marine
Job Description

The Aquarist Specialist is responsible for general overview of the procedures and supplies within their specialty (specific protocol and methods/procedures subject to management approval).  The Aquarist Specialist is also responsible for coordinating with Aquarist 2, Aquarist 1 (when applicable) and their manager to arrange development opportunities for lower level Aquarists; they should also ensure those lower level associates have a working knowledge of their particular area of specialty and maintain polices & procedures in their absence.


The Aquarist Specialist shall serve as the point person in the department who have extensive knowledge of procedure and operation.  In addition they will maintain training and refresher-training schedulse for all Aquarists to ensure that each is capable of daily quality/function checks within their specialty.  In addition they will maintain consistent records of maintenance, schedules and procedures for their area.


They will also coordinate with department manager and/or Supervisor to ensure vitality of the operation of their specialty area(s) and perform assigned supplemental daily tasks.


  • Follow and enforce all Highgate Hotel credit policies.
  • Have knowledge of and assist in all emergency procedures as required.
  • Be able to perform, complete and ensure that all tasks and duties on the shift checklist are completed in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Be involved in departmental meeting, planning and execution.
  • Help maintain productivity levels at or above budgeted standards.
  • Assist in training and cross training of new hires and current employees on a regular basis.
  • Able to perform daily backwashing requirements in pumproom along with basic maintenance and checklist of that area
  • Follow all departmental requirements, especially in terms of personal safety of associates.
  • Able to safely complete 20- minute feed dives and maintenance/cleaning dives of up to 60 minutes on each scheduled shift.
  • Dive safely at all times.
  • Report immediately any situation that could lead to or is seen as immediately hazardous.
  • Prepare fish food for feed dives and subsequently store food properly.
  • Maintain standards of cleanliness as described by departmental protocol.
  • Perform up to three dives each scheduled shift while always maintaining as awareness of decompression status as defined by their SCUBA training agency.
  • Perform out-of-water assigned tasks as required.
  • Assist in feed/maintenance of any and all holding, quarantine or display aquariums within the hotel.
  • Maintain up-to-date input of all data in all logs as required.
  • Participate in new projects as needed by hotel operations or as assigned or requested by department manager.
  • Attend meetings in accompaniment or in place of department manager as necessary or required.
  • Physical requirements:
  • Must pass SCUBA physical and drug usage test prior to employment.
  • Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift 50 lbs. safely.
  • Ability to stand, walk, climb stairs, kneel, SCUBA dive, swim, breathe-hold dive, during entire shift.
  • Education & Experience: 
  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Certified by a recognized SCUBA certification agency as Open Water diver or equivalent. Higher dive ratings are a plus.
  • College course work in related field helpful, i.e. Marine Biology, Zoology, Ocean Sciences, etc…
  • A minimum of 1440 hours as a level 2 Aquarist and approval by manager of performance-based work/knowledge.
  • Previous experience in large aquarium setting helpful.
  • Previous animal training experience helpful.
  • Previous work in quarantine areas helpful.
  • Must have a valid driver's license for the applicable state.