Work at the Aquarium

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Current Opportunities

Job Summary

The Executive Assistant (EA) serves as the primary point of contact for internal and external stakeholders on all matters pertaining to the office of the President and CEO.  The EA will function as an extension of the President by anticipating needs and proactively addressing issues, with appropriate but minimal direction and an emphasis on sound judgment, initiative and confidentiality.  The EA will support the President’s portfolio of activities by vetting internal and external requests, directing assignments to appropriate staff, facilitating correspondence, and managing the President’s budget and travel.  In addition, the EA will participate as a full member of the Advancement team and receive assignment and direction from the Director of Advancement in support of the President’s fundraising role.  As such, the EA will serve as the President’s ambassador in dealing with the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders, and will assist in building and strengthening relationships with donors and donor prospects through detailed stewardship vehicles, events, and personal interactions. The EA must be able to work autonomously and collaboratively in a fast-paced, time-sensitive and constantly changing environment.

Essentials Functions

  • Provides direct administrative support for the President and CEO and Director of  Advancement.
  • Manages an extremely active appointment calendar, working closely to keep the President informed of upcoming commitments and requirements.
  • Ensures pre- and post-meeting materials are presented to the President on a timely basis, including responsibility for requesting materials from internal stakeholders and following up on outstanding submissions.
  • Develop a general awareness of organizational requirements and challenges, using initiative to anticipate and resolve issues and/or provide solutions to facilitate the President’s ability to effectively lead.
  • Prioritize conflicting needs, handle matters expeditiously, and proactively follow through on projects to successful completion under deadline pressures.
  • Monitor and respond in a timely and accurate manner to incoming general correspondence, e-mail and invitations, many of which will be sensitive or confidential in nature.
  • Attends scheduled and assigned meetings to record, compile, transcribe and distribute minutes.
  • Assists President in researching and making travel arrangements.
  • Prepares and maintains all corporate documents for the Board of Directors, including board notes and meeting minutes from board and committee meetings.
  • Responsible for meeting planning, coordination, and preparation of materials for all Board, committee, and task force meetings.
  • Maintains frequent and effective communication with senior staff, ensuring the effective dissemination of information required for Board and Committee meetings.
  • Provides occasional administrative support to other directors on the Strategic Leadership Team, as determined by the President and CEO.
  • Coordinates special projects as directed by the President and CEO and Director of  Advancement.
  • Prepares and monitors the Executive office and Advancement budgets, and is responsible for processing purchase orders, invoices and expense reports.
  • Updates donor records based on notes and meetings from President and CEO, Director of Advancement and Board Members after meetings, calls, emails, etc.
  • Assists in establishing advancement related appointments, coordinating meetings/lunches/etc. with potential major donors for President and CEO.
  • Actively collaborate with the Advancement, Membership and Sales teams to develop effective donor recognition strategies, including yearlong, highly individualized stewardship plans.
  • Works closely with Advancement and Membership colleagues to manage and develop segmented acknowledgement program, including but not limited to The Aquarium Society, charter members, and planned giving society.
  • Provides support for major donor events by preparing invitation lists, tracking RSVPs and preparing name badges, etc.
  • Supports the President and CEO and Director of Advancement at public events and appearances, as needed.
  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Ability to interact with various levels of management, including Board leadership.
  • Detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong computer skills, including MS Office and Raiser’s Edge.
  • Personal commitment to conservation and environmental issues an advantage.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 3-5 years of experience in similar capacity.
  • Non-profit experience a plus.
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Job Summary

The Advancement Services Coordinator is responsible for managing all elements of the Aquarium’s Raiser’s Edge program, including constituent record management, gift processing, data mining and organization, and ongoing optimization of the software system. Staffer will work closely with accounting to ensure accurate and timely gift processing and reconciliation of giving data. He/she will also work closely with the Advancement team to generate new prospect leads to support advancement of the Aquarium’s Watershed Fund campaign.

Essentials Functions

  • Manage Raiser’s Edge constituent management database, ensure data integrity, and provide user support and training to designated staff.
  • Collaborate with accounting to ensure timely gift entry and processing and proactively capture biographical and data updates on donor and prospect records.
  • Work with Advancement Leadership and accounting to execute donor acknowledgement and benefit administration and fulfillment in a timely and sensitive manner.
  • Develop, generate, and disseminate critical weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual financial and advancement reports to relevant Advancement and Accounting team members.
  • In close collaboration with Advancement Team develop, compile, and manage lists for direct mail/email campaigns, tributaries, and other institutional needs as they arise.
  • Conducts research, compiles donor profiles, and manages information on individual, corporate and foundation prospects in an effort to support the development staff’s identification and qualification work.
  • Collaborate with Membership and Accounting as needed to provide support and assistance for specific projects.
    Update constituent management policies and procedures.
  • Coordinate and monitor database needs (Raiser’s Edge, JCA Bridge, Net Solutions/SPARK etc.) with IT department. Serve as the liaison to Blackbaud and as the primary contact for Raiser’s Edge.
  • Support the Advancement team by providing event staffing coverage, as needed.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop a fluent understanding of Aquarium programs, including the Watershed Fund campaign initiative.
  • Develop a fluent understanding of the Aquarium’s business processes as it relates to incoming donations and other systems integrating with Raiser’s Edge. Support the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Follow South Carolina Aquarium Gift Acceptance Guidelines, Policies and Procedures. Provide input on updates as needed.
  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies & Procedures.
  • Coordinate volunteer support on an as needed basis for projects.
  • Maintain a customer service demeanor at all times. Responds to donors with the appropriate level of urgency. Ask questions to identify donor’s needs or expectations in a pleasant and respectful manner. In completing tasks, continually consider the impact of those actions on the donor, and is flexible to accommodate donor’s needs.
  • Create and maintain data management documentation. Work with the team and Accounting to establish sound policies, processes and procedures. Research and present best practices to the team.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Proficiency in Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge is REQUIRED.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a detail and goal oriented, enthusiastic individual able to exercise independent judgment in completing tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills; able to manage multiple projects and move quickly from one to another while maintaining thorough records. Ability to be flexible and balance competing priorities.
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Job Status

Non-exempt, Part-time

Job Summary

This position is designed to be an ambassador for the Aquarium through a variety of on-site and off-site educational programs. Duties include leading curriculum based programs, participating in offsite outreaches, supporting daily education and interpretive programs, and engaging with guests.

Essentials Functions

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies.
  • Provide an exceptional visitor experience for all guests.
  • Engage guests through daily shows, guided tours, and gallery interpretation.
  • Implement K-12 school programs for groups of visiting students.
  • Participate in outreach programs.
  • Assist in member and community programs.
  • SCA 1st Responder
  • Other duties as required.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Outstanding interpretive skills.
  • Ability to work with audiences of all ages.
  • Must be able to give interpretive talks to groups of 10-200 people.
  • Skills needed to combine creativity, enthusiasm, and exemplary teaching methods to engage visitors in science related activities.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Must be a team player and self-motivated.
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor.
  • Must be able to handle live animals.
  • Professional image required.
  • Must have a working knowledge of Aquarium exhibits and animals.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in science, interpretation, education or related field.
  • Minimum of one year of experience in a related field with demonstrated teamwork and interpretive skills.
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Job Summary

Responsible for the operation of the Water Quality Lab (including routine water quality analysis on all systems, maintenance and calibration of all water quality lab equipment, and manipulation of closed systems to reach specified water chemistry parameters), operation and maintenance of specified life support systems and automation (including 24/7 operational support, seawater acquisition and ozone systems) and design and fabrication work with the Husbandry department to continually improve the efficiency of life support systems or support networks.

Essentials Functions

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies.
  • Operates and maintains the Aquarium’s water quality laboratory.
  • Performs chemical analysis on all aquatic systems.
  • Responsible for acquisition of raw saltwater and its purification treatment.
  • Responsible for fresh water purification systems.
  • Interprets data and performs follow-ups.
  • Logs and reports analyzed results to the appropriate staff.
  • Keeps accurate records, orders supplies, and maintains equipment.
  • Conducts routine operation and maintenance of the life support control system.
  • Keeps work areas clean and organized.
  • Supervises volunteers and interns, including training, evaluating and scheduling.
  • Provides periodic interaction with the visitors and membership.
  • Develops & updates safety protocols.
  • Coordinate with LS vendors and contractors for repairs and site visits
  • Identify improvement projects and submit plan of action.
  • Provide training to staff on associated life support equipment and processes.
  • Provide 24/7 operational support.
  • Able to work flexible hours throughout the week. May be called on after-hours or during weekends for emergency work.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Participates in special projects such as assisting students with class projects, helping with member programs, and assisting the aquarist staff with unusual tasks such as large renovation projects. May also identify life support system problems and suggest possible solutions.
  • Possesses a working knowledge of the living collection, basic aquariology, and exposure to field collection activities.
  • Maintains accurate records such as water analysis information and enters this data into computerized files.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Previous experience with analytic equipment in a laboratory setting.
  • Experience with ozone application and monitoring.
  • Experience with automated life support systems.
  • Thorough knowledge of freshwater and saltwater chemistry.
  • Plumbing & mechanical skills.
  • Understands proper use of industrial tools and equipment.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Basic swimming ability.

Education & Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Oceanography, or Biological sciences with a strong chemistry background required (or five years experience working in related field at a comparable public Aquarium).

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Job Status

Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Job Summary

Guest Services Associates are responsible for insuring our guests have a great time at the South Carolina Aquarium. This position is responsible for greeting and interacting with our guests while assisting their entrance and exit through various experiences at the South Carolina Aquarium. Daily activities involve rotating through key positions throughout the building from welcoming guests at the entrance to managing the flow of guests through the 4-D theatre.

Essentials Functions

  • Have fun interacting with our guests in various positions:
    • Welcome all guests and assist in entry by taking tickets, greeting, or verifying re-entry.
    • Thank all guests for visiting and provide hand stamps for re-entry.
    • Assist guests in entering the 4-D theater by managing the queue, answering questions, and distributing 3-D glasses.
    • Assist guests in exiting the 4-D theater and managing the daily handling of 3-D glasses.
    • Graciously direct and facilitate traffic through Admissions, efficiently handling crowds and the logistics associated with their control.
  • Provide our guests with information on daily programs, exhibits and Charleston area attractions.
  • Promote memberships, Adopt-An-Animal, behind the scenes tours and other Aquarium fundraising programs to guests.
  • Assist with customer care, including but not limited to: first aid, fire evacuations and lost and found.
  • Maintain the safety, cleanliness and organization of all work and break areas, both in view of the general public and behind the scenes
  • Maintain constant interaction with our guests to ensure an excellent visitor experience
  • Assist Aquarium guests in a variety of posts and responsibilities from taking tickets to assisting in the organization of our daily responsibilities.
  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies & Procedures.
  • Weekend and holiday work required

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Experience in hospitality or customer service environment, preferably in high-volume, face-to-face positions.
  • Must enjoy working with people of all backgrounds.
  • Positive communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must have basic computer skills.
  • Experience in accurate and timely cash handling.
  • Ability to work all areas including Ticket booth, indoor and outdoor stations, parking garage, park, entrance and exit ramps, and inside the aquarium lobby and exhibit areas.
  • Willingness to learn about Aquarium animals and programs.
  • Knowledge of the Charleston community.
  • Enthusiasm and a pleasant demeanor.
  • Strong sense of responsibility
  • Flexibility and adaptability, especially under pressure.
  • A positive, team-oriented work ethic.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Public speaking ability a plus.
  • Must be available days, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to lift boxes, weighing less than 25 lbs., which contain brochures, ticket stock, receipt paper and office supplies.

Education & Experience Required

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of one-year in hospitality/tourist based operation preferred.
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Job Summary

Provides customer service to guests during their visit to the Aquarium. Efficiently works with cash handling and computerized ticketing system. Staffs the information desk. Educates guests about the Aquarium’s animals and conservation programs. Conducts orientations for school groups and other visitors. Ensures the smooth flow of guest traffic.

Essentials Functions

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies & Procedures.
  • Staff ticket booths and directly work on computerized ticketing system.
  • Man information desk, thoroughly answer guest inquiries and enthusiastically handle special guest requests and problems.
  • Educate guests about Aquarium animals at exhibits and while handling live animals in the galleries and at the touch tank.
  • Direct arriving guests through admissions procedure in a friendly, courteous manner.
  • Greet school buses and escort group members through admissions process.
  • Promote memberships, Adopt-An-Animal and other Aquarium fund-raising programs to guests.
  • Graciously direct and facilitate traffic through the aquarium, efficiently handling crowds and the logistics associated with their control.
  • Ensure all guest resource information, such as maps, brochures and tourist information, is neatly exhibited and available for distribution.
  • Maintain the safety, cleanliness and organization of all work and break areas, both in view of the general public and behind the scenes.
  • Adhere to all procedures involving cash transactions, and maintain security of cash handling process.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Assist Aquarium guests in a variety of posts and responsibilities from taking tickets to assisting in the organization of our daily responsibilities.
  • Support the team structure of the organization by remaining responsive to the needs of the management and supervisors, filling in when and where needed as directed.
  • Develop familiarity with all Aquarium exhibits, services and events, as well as those of other facilities in the community.
  • Assist special needs visitors from the building in the event of an emergency.
  • Maintain all safety and security procedures, ensuring a positive environment for all who enter the aquarium, staff, volunteer and guest alike.
  • Required to move satellite sales carts and crowd control barriers as necessary.
  • Other Duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Positive, fun, and optimistic personality
  • Must be comfortable working in a high energy environment with heavy public contact
  • Ability to work in a constantly changing environment, take initiative and be adaptable
  • Ability to speak in front of groups and individuals
  • Ability to maintain courteous manner, be flexible and solve problems under a variety of circumstances
  • Must be punctual and reliable
  • Must enjoy the team environment and interaction with coworkers and guests
  • Must be committed to providing enthusiastic customer service at all time
  • Interest in learning about the Aquarium’s animals and programs

Education & Experience Required

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED.
  • Minimum of one-year in hospitality/tourist based operation preferred.
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