Sea Lion Trainer II-IV (Zoo)

Audubon Zoo is currently seeking an experienced, motivated, and innovative professional to join our Sea Lion Team. The ideal candidate will have a strong team work ethic, a willingness to develop in this profession, strong training skills, and a passion for best practice husbandry. The Sea Lion collection currently consists of 1.3 California Sea Lions ranging in age from five to 30 years old. This position will be instrumental in helping the team, the animals, and Audubon Zoo reach their goals.

Job Description

  • Responsible for the primary care and training of the California Sea Lion collection
  • Maintain sea lion exhibits, holding areas, filtration, etc to a high standard
  • Contribute to the sea lion enrichment program
  • Prepare food and feeds according to established procedures
  • Observe animal behavior and report abnormal behavior to the Curator
  • Maintain all feeding, behavior, training and medical records
  • Meet and exceed welfare standards established by USDA, AZA and IMATA
  • Accurately assess water chemistry and temperatures and reports anything unusual to the Curator/Life Support Specialist
  • Enter exhibits by use of SCUBA equipment to clean exhibit (weekly)
  • Work in an outside environment in all types of weather (extreme cold, heat, humidity and rain)
  • Maintain a high level of motivation and a consistent professional approach to your position
  • Maintain a positive attitude and team morale within a small team environment
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships within the zoo
  • Maintain a high standard of customer service ranging from public presentations to behind-the-scenes VIP tours
  • Ability to convey relevant conservation messages to our guests
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Curator 

Desired Skills

  • Bachelors Degree in Biology, Psychology or Animal Behavior preferred
  • At least four years paid pinniped experience preferred
  • Proven ability of participation in training and husbandry of pinnipeds in a free contact environment
  • Proven knowledge and techniques of operant conditioning
  • Experience working with both geriatric and juvenile animals
  • Knowledge of USDA/AZA regulations
  • Knowledge of pinniped biology, physiology and behavior
  • Skilled in public speaking both on and off microphone
  • Must be able to lift 50lbs comfortably
  • Proven ability to work safely in all conditions and follow protocols
  • Open Water SCUBA certification
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays as required, including the ability to be flexible to work a rotating shift as assigned 

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • Work in an outside environment in all types of weather (extreme cold, heat, humidity and rain)
  • Maintain a high level of motivation and a consistent professional approach to your position
  • Maintain a positive attitude and team morale within a small team environment
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships within the zoo
  • Maintain a high standard of customer service ranging from public presentations to behind-the-scenes VIP tours
  • Ability to convey relevant conservation messages to our guests
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by the Curator

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