[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Senior Trainer & Director of Marine Mammal Programs JOB POSTINGS

Volunteer Department volunteerdepartment at cmaquarium.org
Fri Jan 21 07:53:01 PST 2011

Clearwater Marine Aquarium- Clearwater Florida

POSITION TITLE: Marine Mammal Senior Trainer

REPORTS TO: Department Supervisor

SUPERVISES: Department Interns and Volunteers



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to work in adverse environmental conditions,
lift and carry 50 lbs, be a proficient swimmer, and have good physical

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: To support the goals and objectives of the
Marine Mammal Program by performing entertaining show narrations,
conducting fun and educational encounter sessions, and providing care
and training to the resident collection of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
and North American river otters under the direction of the Department
Manager. To supervise the Marine Mammal Interns and Volunteers Programs
and train individuals to assist with the daily operations in areas of
food preparation, exhibit maintenance, and enrichment activities among


* Heavy emphasis on show performance and ability to captivate an

* Strong leadership skills with clear, friendly, and effective verbal
and nonverbal communication

* Great time-management skills with ability to plan, organize, and

* Able to be diligent in a fast-paced environment with a full schedule

* Able to be self-motivated and disciplined with excellent work ethics

* Knowledge of behavior modification techniques

* Maintain behaviors with high criteria, precise bridging and careful
consideration given to reinforcement schedules

* Scuba (must be certified)

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in related field, preferably
psychology, plus a minimum of three to five consecutive years of recent
marine mammal training experience in a paid position.


POSITION TITLE: Director of Marine Mammal Programs

REPORTS TO: Director of Animal Care

SUPERVISES: Supervises all staff and volunteers with in the Animal
Training Department



PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Able to work in adverse environmental conditions,
lift and carry 50 lbs; be a proficient swimmer, and have good physical

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Direct the work of supervisors, staff and
volunteers, managing both work and workers, getting projects completed
on time, keeping cost within budget and maintaining established quality
standards. Responsible for orienting and training employees, hourly wage
recommendations, job safety, guest safety, equal opportunity compliance,
discipline and promotions recommendation to upper management. The
incumbent oversees the daily operation of animal training staff and
animal collection. He/she also teaches proper husbandry procedures,
animal training techniques and showmanship skills. Ensures staff and
volunteers have the proper equipment and materials to perform job safely
and effectively. Develops plans and projects to enhance staff knowledge
and advance training techniques while maintaining safety. Coordinates
and aids in veterinary procedures with rehab and resident mammals under
the guidance of the veterinarian. Responsible for all governmental
permits related to marine mammals. The manager is responsible for the
coordination of all marine mammal stranding events.


* Teach trainers proper husbandry procedures, training methods and
safety guidelines through active participation.

* Teach awareness of stage presence and performance through active

* Provide staff & volunteers with materials necessary to complete tasks
at hand (i.e. reading material, training videos and safety equipment).

* Maintain USDA paperwork for animal collection including medical
charts, food preparation checklists, behavioral charts and permits.

* Coordinate in and assist with marine mammal stranding events,
including federal paperwork and volunteer supervision.

* Supervise public activities related to marine mammals including shows,
encounters, and enrichment.

* Responsible for proper staffing through effective scheduling

* Food preparation and dietary needs related to marine mammals

* Maintenance of dolphin and river otter exhibits

* Maintenance of various animal records

* Take an active role in both concept and design of new animal shows,
working in conjunction with Hospitality and other departments as needed

* Promoting, developing and completing research projects as
opportunities arise

* Design, implement, and conduct animal encounters

* Ensure guest safety in all guest/animal interactions

* Responsible for all employee and volunteer evaluations set by HR

* Responsible for maintaining employee and volunteer morale and
motivation throughout the department

* Interviewing and making recommendations for staff additions

* Provide open communication between management and all team members of
the department, making them aware of all the daily priorities and

* Oversee the marine mammal volunteer and internship programs

* Office work and other organizational tasks as required

* To perform other duties as workload necessitates

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's Degree in related field, preferably
psychology and at least five consecutive years of recent marine mammal
training experience in a supervisory or lead role.


To Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to ddesantis at cmaquarium.org

or by mail to:

Dawn De Santis -HR Administrator
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage
Clearwater FL 33767

No phone calls please.



Dawn De Santis

HR Administrator/Volunteer Coordinator 

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

727-441-1790 ext 230

727-445-1139 Fax

ddesantis at cmaquarium.org <mailto:ddesantis at cmaquarium.org> 


Clearwater Marine Aquarium's mission is to restore and preserve our
marine environment. 

We accomplish our mission through leadership in education, research, and
the rescue, 

rehabilitation, & release of marine life. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3)
organization located at 

249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

www.SeeWinter.com <http://www.seewinter.com/> 

Before printing this email, think about the environment


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