“The Aquarium is my second home. That’s how I see it,” says Robert Ivanovski, security supervisor at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre. He is just one of the many Aquarium employees that have supporting jobs that don’t include feeding animals or diving in the exhibits.
Robert and his team of security guards patrol the Aquarium grounds 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are trained to look out for things that are out of the ordinary and to ensure the safety of visitors, employees, volunteers and animals throughout the facility. In addition to their security license, every security guard has to have their Occupational First Aid Level 2 to apply for the position. While the majority of first aid calls are minor – like bee stings and scraped elbows – Robert says they’re always ready in situations that escalate quickly, which does happen on occasion.
Robert moved to Canada from Macedonia about nine years ago and promptly started a job as a security guard at the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch downtown. He moved on from there after seeing a job opening here five years ago. Robert says “I love animals but, at the time, I didn’t know much about the organization.”
Now, he knows the ins and outs of the Aquarium and the people who work here saying, “It’s such a positive environment.”
If the Aquarium is his second home, then the employees and volunteers are his second family. Robert says, “I love the people who work here.”
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Written by Karen Glanzberg, writer-editor, content and digital experience at the Vancouver Aquarium.