Aquarist/Relief Animal Programs Manager-Castaway Cay

Organization: Disney Cruise Lines (AZA Member)
Location: Castaway Cay, Bahamas, Bahamas
Job or Internship: Job

Disney Cruise Line has established itself as a world-renowned leader in hospitality and entertainment, and has been recognized as the top cruise line for families. Our crew members bring the magic to life to deliver exceptional guest service and create family-friendly fun onboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and on our private island paradise in the Bahamas – Castaway Cay! Ongoing training and development allows our crew to continuously learn and grow personally and professionally, and Disney Cruise Line offers a unique opportunity for those looking to grow, excel and work for one of the most innovative and welcoming companies in the world. Apply today to Embark on Your Career and Navigate Your Future!

This role is based on Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.


• Perform duties of Animal Program Manager as relief when Manager is on break

• Under the direction of the Animal Programs Manager, perform husbandry procedures of the aquatic animal collections at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas

• Perform disease diagnosis, diet preparation, animal feeding and cleaning of animal facilities

• Assist Animal Programs Manager in all aspects of the Castaway Cay Ray’s Stingray Adventure guest programs

• Perform informal and formal presentations to Disney Cruise Line guests on Castaway Cay

• Partner with various teams on Castaway Cay to ensure great guest service

• Assist in supervising and training the guest program Stingray Facilitators

• Integrate the Disney Four Keys Basics and seven service guidelines into daily assignments

Basic Qualifications

• High school degree or equivalent

• Knowledge of marine life behavior, physiology, general biology, nutritional requirements and reproductive needs

• Proven guest/public interaction and presentation skills

• Proven strong analytical skills

• Proven strong written and verbal communication skills

• Proven attention to detail, accuracy and consistency

• Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and to be on time for scheduled shift and presentation times

• Ability to work well with others in a team-based environment

• Ability to be flexible with work schedule and be willing to work on weekends and holidays

• Willingness to live on a private island for 13 weeks at a time

• SCUBA, CPR and First Aid certified

• Ability to accept change and initiate an action plan

• Ability to lift 50 pounds

Preferred Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology, Aquaculture or Zoology

• Minimum 3 years experience in the field of aquarium husbandry; at least one year at an AZA accredited institution

• Proven leadership/management experience

• Demonstrated commitment to conservation and animal care

• Small boat handling experience

• Advanced dive certifications, Rescue diver, etc.

• Be able to work unsupervised and make decisions consistent with the team philosophy

• Be willing to accept and give feedback to other team members openly

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