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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Aquatic Performer, Guest Experience (SEASONAL)

The Aquatic Performer, Guest Experience will work with both the Guest Experience Public Programs as well as the Dive Operations Department to perform in three outdoor presentations daily.  The primary responsibility is an outdoor presentation about the history of the Monterey Bay.  The Guest Experience Aquatic Performer will represent a few historic styles of fishing in the Monterey Bay area; one of which being free divers of the mid-1900s who hunted for abalone.  This position will include performances in free diving and operation of historic non-motorized watercrafts within our Tidepool space.  The position will also involve guest interaction; educating our guests about local wildlife, engaging with our guests about the theatre program, and aiding Dive Operations with the Underwater Explorers program.

Core Responsibilities

  • Deliver a non-speaking theatrical performance acting as a historic free diver of the Monterey Bay
  • Deliver other non-speaking roles as assigned involving the operation of historic non-motorized watercrafts and other props; on the job training will be provided
  • Responsible for daily inspections and minor repairs of selected equipment used for the program
  • Assist the Underwater Explorers program staff with daily logistics
  • Assist Guest Experience with other interpretative duties as needed
  • Comply with the MBA Diving Safety Manual and safe boating operations
  • Responsible for daily deployment and stowage of non-motorized watercrafts and other program props; on the job training will be provided

Absolutely Required Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education 

  • Experience in skin diving (or equivalent) in open water environments
  • Must demonstrate proficient swimming ability and pass a basic swim test
  • Must pass the prescribed back and occupational diving physicals
  • Must pass, to the satisfaction of the Dive Operations Department, all safety related classes and drills including rescue and boater safety workshops. On the job training will be provided
  • Interest and enthusiasm in providing exemplary service to Aquarium guests
  • With training, ability to learn and deliver basic choreographed boat movement

Desired Skills / Knowledge / Ability / Experience or Education

  • SCUBA certification
  • Previous public speaking/theater/acting experience
  • Ability to learn multiple non-speaking roles for each production
  • Ability to operate technical system (wireless microphones and IPOD)
  • Basic knowledge and experience operating small non-motorized watercraft such as canoes or kayaks
  • Basic knowledge and interest in local wildlife

Ancillary Responsibilities

  •  Opportunity to learn more about Guest Experience Operation

How to Apply

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Monterey, CA 93940

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