Roundhouse Aquarium Teaching Center,

Aquarium Programs and Operations Director

12 days ago
Employment type
Los Angeles

Position Title: Aquarium Programs and Operations Director
Reports to: Executive Director
Role Summary: The Aquarium Programs and Operations Director is responsible for overseeing program development and implementation, aquarium interpretive strategies, and managing animal care and husbandry.
Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours/week, some weekends and evenings required

Duties and responsibilities

1. Program Strategy and Management

  • Work with Executive Director to proactively develop and create strategic programs on behalf of the organization to advance its mission.
  • Ensure upmost quality of education and volunteer programs as well as other program initiatives.
  • Lead guest relations initiatives to provide high level services to the public.
  • Develop and implement a program staffing and resource strategy consistent with the organization’s budget. Organize calendar and staff schedules.
  • Manage, organize, lead, and assist in community fundraising events, such as Earth Day, World Oceans Day, Coastal Cleanup Day, etc.

2. Animal Care and Husbandry

  • Work with Aquarium Facilities Director to monitor function of LSS, report problems and assist with repairs and troubleshooting
  • Manage, monitor and track LSS supplies and equipment
  • Administer medication and vitamins.
  • Oversee reproduction program with a focus on invertebrates (e.g. Moon Jellies)
  • Plan animal acquisition in coordination with Aquarist Director and other Staff
  • In collaboration with the Aquarium Facilities Director, create detailed task logs for each tank, including feeding, cleaning, and water change schedules.
  • Create and maintain an inventory of animals
  • Create, submit, and maintain the SCP and other collecting documents such as mandatory wildlife reports and daily collection notices
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable laws on animal care and collection
  • Prepare and update a maintenance manual

3. General Responsibilities

  • Organize and create staff schedule for all programs and events.
  • Supervise and delegate to support staff. Set schedules, goals and objectives and conduct performance reviews, with oversite from the Executive Director.
  • Ensure effective communication among all support staff
  • Collaborate with Staff on exhibits, interpretive displays and décor.

4. Perform other duties as required and assigned.

The qualified candidate must have the following background, skills and competencies:

  • Bachelor’s or Master of Science Degree in Biology, Marine Science,
  • Environmental Science or a related field
  • 3-5 years of related experience
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Curriculum and program development
  • Extensive internet research abilities, and experience with data management
  • Willingness to communicate with new contacts in-person and over the phone
  • High level of self-motivation and ability to multitask
  • Proven ability to learn new software
  • High energy and detail-oriented
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Passion for community-based work
  • Eagerness to help the team and polite, professional office behavior


  • This job is located on-site at the RoundHouse Aquarium in Manhattan Beach, CA.
  • We will reply only to those individuals selected for further consideration.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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