Organization: Texas State Aquarium
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas, Country
Job or Internship: Job
Marine Mammal Trainer II
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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