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Fall 2017 Animal Nutrition Volunteer

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium,

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Position Title:                                     Fall 2017 Animal Nutrition Volunteer

Full-time/Part-time:                          Part-time; weekends and holidays as agreed to; mornings generally required

Exempt/Non-Exempt:                                    Non-Exempt

Department:                                       Living Collections

Reports To:                                         Lead Aquarist and Aquarists as assigned

Staff Reporting To This Position:      Interns and volunteers as assigned

Works Closely With:                           Living Collections Department


The Living Collections Animal Nutrition Volunteer will allow participants to have a greater knowledge and understanding of the nutritional needs of freshwater fish, saltwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, invertebrates, and mammals housed in captive environments at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (NMRM&A). 


Key Responsibilities


  • Prepare animal food that will be used throughout the day by following established food prep charts.
  • Pull food for next day’s use.
  • Create shopping list for grocery runs.
  • Ensure daily and weekly check sheets are current and maintain written records in accordance with established practice and policy.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Provide alternate coverage for other Aquarists and other duties as assigned.


Special Requirements


  • Will typically possess a background related to living organisms and animal nutrition.
  • Experience with, understanding of, and aptitude for maintaining animals in captivity is helpful.
  • Must possess strength and endurance to perform the physical demands of all Key Responsibilities with or without accommodation.
  • A High School Diploma is required.
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language.
  • Ability to interact in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Must be capable of dealing with emergencies calmly and efficiently.
  • Must learn quickly and be self-motivated to elevate personal skill set.
  • Must possess good decision-making skills to make sound, independent judgments and must possess good problem-solving skills to identify problems and suggest solutions.
  • Completion of a minimum of 8 hours a week (hours to and length of time period are flexible and will depend on the individual). Progress will be documented with weekly informational reviews, as well as a final review of knowledge and skills learned.


Application Requirements


  • NMRM&A Volunteer Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • 1 letter of recommendation (letter must be sent by the individual directly or it will not be accepted)


This is a temporary, non-paid, part time position. If interested, please send application requirements to Vicky Sutter, Development/Intern Manager at the following address, or by e-mail at vsutter@rivermuseum.com no later than August 30, 2017.


National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East 3rd Street

Dubuque, Iowa 52001

(563) 557-9545 ext. 276

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