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Marine Mammal Trainer - Full Time

Indianapolis Zoo
Indianapolis, United States Posted: July 09, 2024

From narrating dolphin presentations for Zoo guests, to implementing and developing enrichment activities for our marine mammals, to assisting with research projects, our Marine Mammal Trainers are always on move! The Indianapolis Zoo is on the hunt for an experienced Marine Mammal Trainer to join our pod!

  • Ideal candidates are committed to advancing the Zoo's mission to protect nature and inspire people to care for our world.
  • As a Marine Mammal Trainer, you will be responsible for the health and well-being of the collections assigned to your care, as well as maintenance of the exhibits.
  • This position has the possibility of working with any animals within the department including dolphins, sea lions, walruses, or domesticated dogs, as well as helping with special projects.
  • This is a full-time, 40 hour per week position that must be able to work weekends, holidays, and overtime as needed. Related work experience with marine mammals is highly desirable.
  • This position requires a team-oriented personality that is temperamentally suited to work with animals. Strong observational and communicative skills are a must.
Position Requirements and Responsibilities:
  • Prior related work experience (internships and/or volunteering experience acceptable).
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/ university in Life Sciences, Marine Biology, or a related field is required.
  • Must possess a SCUBA Certification (or be able to acquire certification within six (6) months).
  • Must have thorough knowledge and understanding of water chemistry and filtration systems.
  • Assists with developing and implementing area chats, feeds, demonstrations and behind the scenes tours.
  • Completes area daily and weekly duties, including reports.
  • Assists with research projects and exhibit modifications.
  • Displays a professional attitude and appearance to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Physical strength and stamina with the ability to perform very heavy work, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/ or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to transport and move items, exerting at least 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/ or up to 50 pounds of force frequently.
  • Ability to ascend/ descend ladders, steps, and uneven terrain, while maintaining body equilibrium to perform various jobs.
  • Ability to detect, assess, identify, and observe surroundings to make sound judgments, along with the ability to communicate verbally, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a two-way radio and telephone.
  • Exceptional visual acuity is required.
  • Possible occupational exposure (Category B employee) to human bloodborne pathogens. Possible exposure to dangerous chemicals (e.g. chlorine bleach, cleaning agents, etc.) Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines.
  • Valid driver's license and driving record that is insurable by our carrier.
To apply:
  • Interested candidates must complete an online application.
  • Interested candidates must include a resumé, cover letter, and salary requirements to be considered. 
  • Employment at the Indianapolis Zoo is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a background check, motor vehicle check (if applicable) and a drug test.
  • Work for the wildest employer in Indianapolis! Some perks include: Medical (Health Savings Account with employer contribution included), Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability paid through the Zoo for eligible employees; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Immediate Paid Holidays, complimentary Zoo Membership, Reciprocal Benefits to other local institutions, and many, many more!!!
  • $19.00 an hour

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