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OdySea Aquarium

Animal Care Specialist I (Mammals/Birds)




As part of the OdySea Aquarium animal team, this position works with diverse animals including (but not limited to) California sea lions, Atlantic harbor seals, Asian small-clawed otters, African penguins, sea turtles, reptiles, and small exotic land animals. A central responsibility of this position will be the operation of educational animal presentations and interactions with guests. Individual will demonstrate operant conditioning within the training department and throughout the aquarium to enhance animal welfare and visitor experience opportunities.   Individual will be integral in educating aquarium guests about species survival and conservation through presentations.




  • Responsible for helping to maintain husbandry and behavioral training of animals in the assigned area.
  • Participate in educational animal presentations, shows, and interactive programs within the Aquarium.
  • Represent OdySea Aquarium off property through educational animal appearances at schools, media events, and other public engagements.
  • Representation of OdySea Aquarium through positive guest interactions and experiences daily.
  • Assists with implementation and execution of all department Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Help implement enrichment plans for all animals.
  • Inspect exhibits and related facilities daily for cleanliness and structural integrity.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with other departments for the welfare of our animals and enhanced guest experience.
  • Ensure accurate and appropriate record keeping is maintained within the department.
  • Communicate effectively with the rest of the Animal Care team and departmental leadership.
  • Assist the Animal Care Manager, Director of Animal Care and Education, and the Animal Care staff to ensure adherence to aquarium standards and procedures and ensure compliance with the requirements of various professional associations and regulatory agencies.  Maintain highest level of animal husbandry and training practices.
  • Build knowledge of industry innovations and progressive animal care through professional meetings and conferences, trade journals, and communication with professional colleagues.
  • Represent the Animal Care Department and OdySea Aquarium to visiting investors, professionals, guests, and media. 
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Director.



  • Associates degree in Psychology, Biology, Zoology, Marine Science or related discipline preferred, equivalent alternate experience accepted
  • Minimum 6 months experience working with marine and/or terrestrial animals in professional setting
  • SCUBA certification
  • Excellent public speaking and showmanship experience
  • Must be a strong swimmer, with the ability to pass departmental swim test
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, or irregular hours dictated by facility or animal needs





  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, as well as walk.
  • Ability to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, as well as walk.
  • Ability to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms.
  • Ability to balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, climb stairs, or crawl.
  • Required to frequently talk and hear.
  • No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch, balance and agility of movement which might interfere with ability to work.
  • Specific vision requirement for this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to focus.
  • Must be able to take directional cues directly or indirectly.
  • Ability to work in an environment that may be loud at times.
  • Ability to work in all weather conditions, including occasional extreme hot or cold, and wet and/or humid conditions.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to access animal pools, exhibits, and enclosures


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OdySea Aquarium
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

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