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Assistant Trainer - California Sea Lions, Marine Theater

Mystic Aquarium
Mystic, United States Posted: July 06, 2024


JOB SUMMARY:  Demonstrate excellent representation of the aquarium at all times through a positive, can-do attitude and teamwork focused work ethic.

  • Responsible for assisting in routine animal care procedures, training, diet preparation, habitat maintenance, record keeping, public presentations, feedings, enrichment and interactive programs.
  • Must be comfortable performing in the California sea lion show.
Minimum Job Requirements: 
  • Must be willing to consistently provide excellent internal and external customer service above and beyond expectation.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline preferred.
  • One-year paid entry level experience with care and training of marine mammals and birds or equivalent 2 years related experience.
  • Public presentation comfort and skill required. Show experience preferred.
  • Strong communication and teamwork skills required.
  • SCUBA certification and ability to pass dive physical required. 
  • Requires schedule flexibility, evenings/weekends/holidays and overtime.
  • Multi-lingual desired, Spanish preferred.
Responsibilities & Essential Functions: 
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty.
  • The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
  • If requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • Assist with the care and maintenance of the marine mammal and penguin collection and habitats, with a focus on pinnipeds.
  • Present public presentations and classroom demonstrations educating the public with approved institutional information.
  • Execute routine husbandry procedures to maintain federal, state and institutional guidelines.
  • Foster customer service and teamwork with all departments at MA.
  • Keep proper records.
  • Develop training skills consistent with MA philosophy and procedures.
  • Participate in planning and training of assigned species.
  • Work with other staff to fulfill area and facility programming needs.
  • Maintain consistent professional attitude, motivation, and willingness to accept feedback.
  • Perform regular scuba diving maintenance on animal habitats.
  • Work in cold, hot, wet, indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Monitor operation of life support systems and water quality.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Safety/Security
  • Work in a safe manner at all times.
  • Properly use and keep, in good order, all personal protective equipment (PPE) supplied to them as protection from recognized hazards.
Report any unsafe condition
  • Must have a working knowledge of all facility wide, and department specific, safety procedures that relate to their position, including, but not limited to:
  •   Emergency Evacuation, Lockdown Procedure, and Fire Extinguisher Use.
  • Sea Research Foundation, Inc. (dba Mystic Aquarium) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 
  • It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
  • Women and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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