Senior Trainer

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


• 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.

• Maintain responsibility for daily operations in the absence of the Curator of Birds and Mammals and the Bird and Mammal Supervisor.

• Participate in the institution’s Dangerous Animal Response Team 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.


• 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.

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

• 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.

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

• Advanced 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.


Bachelor’s degree in biology, psychology or related field from four-year college or university; 5 years paid experience and / or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


• Valid Texas Driver’s License with insurable driving record

• First Aid, CPR, AED

Machinery/Equipment/Tools/Software 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:

• Heavy physical activity performing strenuous daily activities of a primarily product / technical nature.

• Manual dexterity sufficient to reach / handle items, works with fingers, and perceived attributes of objects and materials.

• Work Schedule – Rotating, irregular work hours and days assigned with evening and weekend work required.

• Minimal travel generally within a 30 mile radius.

• Minimal overnight travel by land or air – up to 10%

• Vision Requirements: Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance Vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Peripheral vision (Ability to observe an area that may be seen up and down or to the left and right while eyes are fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), Ability to adjust focus (Ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus)

• Job is generally performed outdoors exposed to changing weather conditions (rain, sun, snow, wind, etc.)

• Job is generally performed in loud conditions (large crowds, equipment)

• Subject to bites and scratches by animals and exposure to zoonotic disease.