Trainer I/II - Birds & Mammals




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

Trainer I:

•Clean and maintain assigned exhibits and support areas.

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

•Prepare animal diets and feed according to established procedures.

•Handle all raptors according to established procedures.

•Use telemetry equipment as assigned.

•Deliver all show segments except the African Serval.

•Cope and talon trim all raptors excluding the bald eagle as assigned.

•Addition of African serval/bald eagle to duties is at the discretion of the Curator only

•Net/cast all birds excluding the bald eagle as assigned.

•Weigh and transport all trained animals excluding the African serval as assigned.

•Enter data into TRACKS.

•Assist senior staff in animal restraint and veterinary procedures.

•Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of department areas.

•Plan and direct the work of volunteers in primary areas of responsibility. Communicate procedures and work duties to support staff when absent.

•Work all auxiliary functions in the department as assigned.

•Adhere to all governmental/AZA policies regarding acquisition, husbandry, records, and animal health.

•Perform related duties as assigned

•Comply with a safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and / or Human Resources.

•Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.

•Perform other duties as assigned.

•Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills.

•Provide exceptional guest service.

•Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the employee handbook.

•Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the Animal Husbandry Standard Operating Procedures.

Trainer II:

•Clean and maintain assigned exhibits and support areas.

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

•Prepare animal diets and feed according to established procedures.

•Handle all raptors according to established procedures.

•Use telemetry equipment as assigned.

•Deliver all show segments.

•Work all auxiliary functions in the department as assigned.

•Weigh and transport all trained animals as assigned.

•Work with African serval in free contact situations.

•Enter data into TRACKS.

•Assist senior staff in animal restraint and veterinary procedures.

•Contribute to the maintenance and cleanliness of department areas.

•Plan and direct the work of volunteers in primary areas of responsibility. Communicate procedures and work duties to support staff when absent.

•Work all auxiliary functions in the department as assigned.

•Adhere to all governmental/AZA policies regarding acquisition, husbandry, records, and animal health.

•Perform related duties as assigned

•Comply with a safety policies, practices, and procedures. Report all unsafe work practices to supervisor and / or Human Resources.

•Participate in proactive team efforts to achieve departmental and company goals.

•Perform other duties as assigned.

•Provide leadership to others through example and sharing of knowledge and skills.

•Provide exceptional guest service.

•Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the employee handbook.

•Abide by all policies and procedures outlined in the Animal Husbandry Standard Operating Procedures.

Trainer I:

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.

• Ability to write information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

• Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

• Ability to compute rate, ratios, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

• Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

• Intermediate personal computer skills, including email, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.

• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Basic knowledge pertaining to the husbandry of birds and mammals.

• Basic knowledge of training principles and how to apply those principals.

• Ability to develop positive relationships with animals through reinforcement history.

• Understand basic behavioral problem solving and demonstrate sound judgment.

• Ability to train new behaviors.

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

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

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

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology or related field from four-year college or university; one year of experience in a public aquarium/zoo; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LICENSE / CERTIFICATION

Valid Texas Driver’s License with insurable driving record

First Aid, CPR, AED

Trainer II

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations.

• Ability to write information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

• Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

• Ability to compute rate, ratios, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

• Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

• Intermediate personal computer skills, including email, routine database activity, word processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.

• Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

• Knowledge pertaining to the husbandry of birds and mammals.

• Ability to develop positive relationships with animals through reinforcement history.

• Advanced understanding of operant conditioning and behavior modification principles.

• Advanced ability to diminish aggression and other unwanted behaviors in animals through classical and operant conditioning.

• Advanced behavioral problem solving and demonstrate sound judgment.

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

• Knowledge of USDA/APHIS and AZA regulations and standards.

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

• Ability to give and to follow complex instructions both verbally and in writing.

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

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology or related field from four-year college or university; a minimum of 3 years paid experience working with birds and/or mammals; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

LICENSE / CERTIFICATION

Valid Texas Driver’s License with insurable driving record

First Aid, CPR, AED

Equipment/Tools Used

Personal computer

Cyber Train

EWS Timekeeping Ladder

Microsoft Office

Telemetry Equipment

Hand and power tools

Basic veterinary tools

Husbandry equipment

Power washer

Training equipment

Working Conditions

Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Must have the physical ability to lift 50 pounds, walk, stoop, bend, reach, and the ability to perform strenuous duties while both in and out of water. Subject to bites and stings by animals.