Marine Mammal Trainer II

Organization: Texas State Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job

Marine Mammal Trainer II


Marine Mammal

Position Type:

Regular Full Time


• Participates in the primary care and training of the marine mammal collection.

• Maintain marine mammal exhibits.

• Participates in all areas of marine mammal husbandry and programming.

• Participate in the rehabilitation of marine mammals.

• Participates in behavioral enrichment.

• Prepare food and feed according to established procedures.

• Observe animal behavior and report unusual/abnormal behavior to supervisor.

• Can assist Veterinarian during marine mammal medicals.

• Enter data into TRACKS.

• Maintain all feeding, behavior, training and medical records.

• Adhere to all USDA/APHIS regulations. Follow guidelines as stated in TSA’s federal and state permits.

• Clean, maintain and store utensils and equipment used to feed and care for animals.

• Assess water chemistry and temperatures and report anything unusual to supervisors.

• May plan and direct the work of support staff and volunteers in primary areas of responsibility. Communicate procedures and work duties to support staff when absence is planned.

• May enter exhibits by use of SCUBA equipment to clean exhibitry, provide animal care, and/or feed.

• May provide assistance on research projects related to animal behavior, animal nutrition, animal physiology, and water chemistry.

• Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of the Dolphin Bay wet area.

• Can be assigned departmental jobs for Dolphin Bay.

• Assist with the development of Standard Operating procedures in assigned areas.

• Abide by all TSA Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Employee Manual

• Adhere to all TSA Animal Husbandry Policies and Procedures as outlined in the Marine Mammal and Animal Husbandry Manuals.

• Exhibit positive attitude and positive team morale.


• Knowledge of the maintenance, training and husbandry of Cetaceans and otters in a protective environment.

• Knowledge of operant conditioning applied to training marine mammals.

• Knowledge of USDA/APHIS regulations.

• Knowledge of Cetacean biology, physiology and behavior.

• Skills in public speaking and programming.

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing

• Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions necessary in departmental areas

• Open Water SCUBA certification.

• Strong swimming skills and ability to pass swim test.

• Ability to precisely follow complex instructions provided both verbally and in writing

• Ability to plan and direct the work of others

• Ability to use data processing equipment, i.e. keyboard, printer

• Ability to work evenings, weekends, holidays as required, including the ability to work a rotating shift as assigned

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