Careers at the Aquarium
Like an ecosystem, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (LLPA) requires people from various backgrounds to help support our mission to inspire people to Explore, Discover, and Learn. See a list below for descriptions of some of the positions that contribute to the success of the Aquarium. For current openings and career opportunities, visit our jobs page.
The Accounting Assistant provides financial, administrative, and clerical support by ensuring vendor payments are completed and that expenses are controlled by processing, verifying, and reconciling invoices and credit card transaction receipts according to established policies and procedures in an efficient, timely, and accurate manner. They routinely perform clerical duties such as word processing, filing, and supporting customer requests.
Aquarists are responsible for providing the highest possible quality of care to the animals. This responsibility includes the set-up, maintenance, and care of aquarium habitats, and food preparation and distribution. Aquarists are current on the husbandry and natural history of all fish, invertebrates, reptiles, and amphibians in their care. Aquarists have the knowledge and ability to act as a resource for volunteers and interns.
The Aquarium Educator is the essential link between the visitors and the animals of LLPA. The Educator delivers engaging, energetic, and informative educational presentations to Aquarium guests. Interacting in a positive and pleasant manner with guests of all ages on a variety of topics, both planned and impromptu, Educators help inspire people to appreciate animals, explore the natural world, and discover the hidden scientist within. All interactions and presentations are designed to ensure all guests receive a memorable and world-class experience.
The Audiovisual Technician provides technical audiovisual support and equipment services to Aquarium guests and staff. The AV Technician is also responsible for event lighting and oversees and programs EECO light shows, working with clients and other Aquarium departments to ensure an exceptional guest experience.
The Development Coordinator supports and coordinates the Aquarium’s capital, annual, and membership fundraising programs. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Coordinator is responsible for planning and executing events to generate funding, overseeing annual giving programs, and assisting in grant writing and exhibit sponsorships. The Development Coordinator embraces the non-profit’s mission and possesses excellent customer service skills and the ability to interact in a professional manner with team members, a diverse workforce, donors, and outside entities.
Digital Content Creation Specialist
This role is an experienced and versatile storyteller that possesses a range of technical and creative skills to support content creation including videography, photography, and animation through the expert use of the Adobe Creative Suite. The digital assets produced by the Digital Content Creation Specialist appear on the Aquarium’s website, emails, social media, broadcast commercials, and internal video screens and presentations.
Digital Marketing Specialist
The Digital Marketing Specialist oversees, maintains, and creates content for the Aquarium’s website and email marketing campaigns. Collaborating with other departments such as Husbandry, Education, Creative, and Events, the Digital Marketing Specialist gathers creative assets such as photos and video, educational information, event information, and conservation messaging to share on the website and emails. Also stewarding the paid digital advertising campaign, the Digital Marketing Specialist assists in the strategy development, planning, execution, and measurement of the Aquarium’s digital marketing endeavors.
The Dive Technician is primarily responsible for daily dive operations at the Aquarium. The Dive Technician ensures that all positions of the dive teams are assigned during daily operations, oversees the care and maintenance of all dive equipment, and ensures the dive locker rooms are properly maintained.
Exhibit curators schedule, assign, and direct all personnel involved in the care of animals and orchestrates all aspects of animal care, including but not limited to acquisition, disposition, record keeping, husbandry, enrichment, implementation of balanced nutrition plans, translocations, medical procedures, and vaccinations. The Aquarium has curators that specialize in Saltwater and Freshwater animals, as well as Mammals and Birds.
Curators collaborate with Department Directors on animal habitat designs and renovation, assist in monitoring the institutional Collection Plan, and support the Director of Husbandry in overseeing all public animal programs. The Curator helps with crisis management and safety drills and participates in safety meetings with fellow department representatives when required.
The Exhibit Designer acts in all facets of exhibit creation, from concept development to prototyping and installation, working with teams including scientists, artists, curators, educators, and designers as well as the research, development, interpretation, and writing of permanent and temporary exhibitions and interactives.
The Fabrication Technician plays a crucial role in attaining the goal of a “World Class Aquarium” by contributing to the maintenance, functionality, and beauty of the Aquarium. The Fabrication Technician assists with general building maintenance for the facility, including maintaining, repairing, and servicing the front of the house, common areas, habitats, and back-of-house areas for the benefit of all occupants and guests.
Graphic designers create visual concepts, by hand or using computer software, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, or captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines, habitat signage, and corporate reports.
Guest Services Explorer
Guest Services Hosts (Explorers) provide information and assist guests with ticket and membership purchases, field trip check-in, admit guests through the front entrance, and rotate through the Aquarium to provide assistance as needed.
This entry-level position is a great opportunity for high school students looking for opportunities to develop interpersonal and professional development skills.
The Horticulturist is responsible for providing the highest possible quality of care to the Aquarium plants. They provide daily care of plant materials both inside and outside of the Aquarium. The Horticulturist ensures the health and well-being of all plant materials as well as the safety of people and animals in work areas. The Horticulturist also has the knowledge and ability to act as a resource for presenters, volunteers, and interns.
Human Resources Assistant
The Human Resources Assistant provides clerical support to the Human Resources Department and supports HR processes and functions in the areas of record maintenance, recruiting, HRIS, and employee engagement. This includes providing support for the Volunteer Services programs. The Human Resources Assistant models an outstanding work ethic, excellence in people skills, and a high degree of integrity. This entry-level position is a great opportunity for HR students or new college graduates.
IT Support Technician
The IT Support Technician is responsible for supporting Aquarium information systems including, but not limited to, employee workstations, servers, network appliances, audiovisual equipment, point-of-sale hardware, and infrastructure. They manage and maintain the point-of-sale system in a system administrator role and also maintain the point-of-sale MS SQL database. The IT Support Technician also assists in the data ETL process preparing for data analysis and business intelligence reporting.
The Keeper Trainer is a dedicated individual who assists in carrying out the operations of the mammal, reptile, and avian exhibits of the Aquarium. This includes all aspects of animal welfare, exhibit maintenance, and off-habitat management areas. Keeper Trainers participate in and assist with the development of the mammal, reptile, and bird training programs, which will consist of behavioral demonstrations presented to the public on a scheduled basis. Keeper Trainers are also responsible for maintaining organized written records pertaining to health, feeding, water quality, and behavioral observations.
Life Support Technician
The Life Support Technician is responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of all equipment that is associated with live-animal habitats. This includes managing the preventative maintenance of all LSS equipment at the Aquarium including, but not limited to, pumps, sand filters, UV, ozone generators, and other equipment that is critical to animal health. Duties include writing protocols and procedures, installation of new equipment, scheduling all routine maintenance on aquatic exhibits using approved protocols, backwashing filters, conducting water changes, and the addition of chemicals to maintain water quality to pre-determined standards. This position is also responsible for improving habitats by modifying existing systems and installing new equipment.
The Receptionist works closely with the Human Resources team to provide support in creating a world-class operation. This includes ensuring proper communication, understanding, and application of company programs, events, policies, and procedures. The Receptionist models an outstanding work ethic and excellence in people skills.
Sales and Events Coordinator
Under the direction of the VP of Corporate Partnerships & Sponsorships, Philanthropy, and Events Sales, the Sales and Events Coordinator supports the Aquarium’s efforts to assist with and/or produce high-quality Private and Partner/Sponsor events.
Social Media Specialist
The Social Media Specialist is responsible for creating and administering content for the Aquarium and its conservation efforts, building an audience, and ensuring social engagement on all social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Twitter. The Specialist also monitors site metrics, responds to comments/reviews, and oversees creative design for all social content production.
The Veterinary Technician is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the Aquarium’s Veterinary Services Department. This position works closely with Veterinary and Husbandry team members to facilitate routine and emergency medical care for the Aquarium’s diverse living collection.
This position performs essential job functions in accordance with the standards of accrediting and regulatory bodies, including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Aquarium’s full-time veterinary program is growing rapidly, with the goal of providing best-in-class medicine for the animals in our care using advanced equipment including digital radiography, rigid and flexible endoscopy, dental prophylaxis, ultrasound, in-house bacteriology, and more.