Argus

Argus – California Sea Lion
Rescued: October 4, 2017
Released: October 25, 2017
Diagnosis: Leptospirosis

California sea lion Argus was rescued just a few miles from The Marine Mammal Center near a busy marina. Our veterinary experts determined that he was suffering from leptospirosis, a bacterial infection of the kidneys. Argus was one of several dozen California sea lions we treated for leptospirosis in 2017. Treatment for the potentially lethal infection includes antibiotics, fluids and other supportive care, such as gastro-protectants for stomach and intestinal ulcers. Once Argus had recovered fully from the disease, he was released back to the wild just steps from our hospital.

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Marine Mammal Assistant I – Kings Bay JobSAIC  2,170 reviews – Bay, GA

Marine Mammal Assistant I – Kings Bay (Job Number:437921)

Description:

SAIC has a current opening for Marine Mammal Assistant in King’s Bay, GA.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Personnel performing this position will be required to perform preparation of rations, and cleaning of food preparation areas, animal enclosures and commons areas, as well as maintaining and cleaning specialized equipment.

 

  • Personnel are also responsible for the operation and maintenance of small watercraft.

 

  • Personnel perform feeding and administration of food supplements, perform observation of marine mammals, and assist with basic husbandry.

 

  • The personnel in this position may be trained to become a designated secondary handler for specific animals.

 

  • As part of an integrated military function the MMA1 performs tasks related to the care and training of marine mammals for specific marine mammal projects.

Qualifications:
CLEARANCE REQUIRMENT:

  • *Must be able to obtain a secret level security clearance prior to starting work.**

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • This position will require scuba diving. Advanced scuba skills are a plus.
  • Job will require working outdoors, on boats in adverse weather conditions.
  • All new hires will have to pass a swim & dive test in addition to possessing at minimum, a basic scuba certification.
  • Personnel must be able to work flexible work hours (shift work) including weekends and holidays.
  • A requirement for this position includes the ability to travel with animals for extended periods of time anywhere in the world, to include potentially harsh environmental and high risk locations, within 72 hours’ notice.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Basic SCUBA, High school diploma (or equivalent), and one of the following:

– One (1) year animal training experience -or- Operational and navigation experience on small boats (30’ or under), USCG license (operator of un-inspected passenger vessels/6pac – 46 CFR 10.467) or higher/U.S. Navy Coxswain’s certification, and Operational experience using maritime navigational devices -or- Advanced scuba diving certifications (i.e. dive master, instructor, commercial diver certification, 1st or 2nd class Navy Diver classification), and current First Aid and CPR certification, -or- Two (2) years of college and 3 months experience as a marine mammal custodian

  • Must be physically fit and able to lift at least 50 lbs. Must be able to obtain a secret level security clearance prior to starting work.

SAIC Overview:SAIC is a premier technology integrator providing full life cycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering, intelligence, and enterprise information technology markets. SAIC is Redefining Ingenuity through its deep customer and domain knowledge to enable the delivery of systems engineering and integration offerings for large, complex projects. SAIC’s approximately 15,000 employees are driven by integrity and mission focus to serve customers in the U.S. federal government. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $4.5 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see My SAIC Benefits. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Job Posting: Jul 5, 2018, 4:31:19 PM
Primary Location: United States-GA-KING’S BAY
Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Teleworking: No
Travel: None
Shift: Rotating
Schedule: Full-time

 

 

 

Animal Training Support I Job

SAIC  2,170 reviews – Bay, GA

Animal Training Support I (Job Number:434092)

Description:

SAIC has a current opening for Marine Mammal Assistant in King’s Bay, GA.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Personnel performing this position will be required to perform preparation of rations, and cleaning of food preparation areas, animal enclosures and commons areas, as well as maintaining and cleaning specialized equipment.

 

  • Personnel are also responsible for the operation and maintenance of small watercraft.

 

  • Personnel perform feeding and administration of food supplements, perform observation of marine mammals, and assist with basic husbandry.

 

  • The personnel in this position may be trained to become a designated secondary handler for specific animals.

 

  • As part of an integrated military function the MMA1 performs tasks related to the care and training of marine mammals for specific marine mammal projects.

Qualifications:
CLEARANCE REQUIRMENT:

  • *Must be able to obtain a secret level security clearance prior to starting work.**

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • This position will require scuba diving. Advanced scuba skills are a plus.
  • Job will require working outdoors, on boats in adverse weather conditions.
  • All new hires will have to pass a swim & dive test in addition to possessing at minimum, a basic scuba certification.
  • Personnel must be able to work flexible work hours (shift work) including weekends and holidays.
  • A requirement for this position includes the ability to travel with animals for extended periods of time anywhere in the world, to include potentially harsh environmental and high risk locations, within 72 hours’ notice.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Basic SCUBA, High school diploma (or equivalent), and one of the following:

– One (1) year animal training experience -or- Operational and navigation experience on small boats (30’ or under), USCG license (operator of un-inspected passenger vessels/6pac – 46 CFR 10.467) or higher/U.S. Navy Coxswain’s certification, and Operational experience using maritime navigational devices -or- Advanced scuba diving certifications (i.e. dive master, instructor, commercial diver certification, 1st or 2nd class Navy Diver classification), and current First Aid and CPR certification, -or- Two (2) years of college and 3 months experience as a marine mammal custodian

  • Must be physically fit and able to lift at least 50 lbs. Must be able to obtain a secret level security clearance prior to starting work.

SAIC Overview:SAIC is a leading provider of technical, engineering and enterprise information technology services to the U.S. government. Our 13,000 employees deliver systems engineering and information technology offerings for large, complex government programs, as well as a broad range of higher-end, differentiated technology services. The company is headquartered in McLean, Va. For more information, visit http://www.saic.com.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Primary Location: United States-GA-KING’S BAY
Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Secret
Potential for Teleworking: No
Travel: None
Shift: Rotating
Schedule: Full-time

 

Animal Care Specialist II – Mammal

OdySea Aquarium  3 reviews – Scottsdale, AZ 85256

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. The individual will demonstrate operant conditioning within the training department and throughout the aquarium to enhance animal welfare and visitor experience opportunities. The individual will be integral in educating aquarium guests about species survival and conservation through presentations.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assists with animal acquisition, transport, acclimation, and training of all animals within collection
  • Responsible for advanced 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 aquarium through positive guest interactions and experiences daily
  • Assists with implementation and execution of all department Standard Operating Guidelines
  • Assists in mentoring and training of junior staff
  • Help create and implement enrichment plans for all animals
  • Participate in collection and facilities planning, development of exhibits and educational planning, and research and conservation activities
  • 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
  • Assist the Animal Care Directors 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.
  • Maintain advanced knowledge of industry innovations and progressive animal care through professional meetings and conferences, trade journals, and communication with professional colleagues.
  • Represent the Animal Training Department and OdySea Aquarium to visiting investors, professionals, guests, and media.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Director

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology, Zoology, Marine Science or related discipline required or relative work experience.
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience working with marine and/or terrestrial animals in professional setting
  • SCUBA certification
  • Excellent public speaking and showmanship experience
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to access animal pools, exhibits, and enclosures
  • 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 animal needs
  • Experience with neonate and juvenile rearing preferred
  • Life support experience preferred
  • Must exemplify core fundamentals of the Employee Promise, which states:
    • I am empowered to take ownership of any opportunity to exceed expectations.
    • I anticipate guest needs and pay attention to the details.
    • I treat all internal and external customers with respect.
    • I am on stage! (Smile)
    • I have an attitude of gratitude.
    • I get it right the first time.
    • I display actions that are moral and ethical.
    • I always provide alternative solutions.
    • I am committed to learning every aspect of our product and services.
    • I use the 10/5 rule, 10 feet I acknowledge my guest’s presence with a smile and at 5 feet. I greet them with a courteous word.
    • I use name recognition at every opportunity
    • I take personal responsibility for our surroundings.
    • I am accountable for my tools and resources.
    • I value the contribution of every team member.

 

Senior Animal Care Specialist – Mammal

OdySea Aquarium  3 reviews – Scottsdale, AZ 85256

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.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for maintaining the highest level of animal welfare including both proactive and reactive identification, communication, and management of areas of opportunity.
  • Responsible for overseeing all husbandry and behavioral training of animals in the assigned area and facilitating behavioral goals.
  • 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, team member training and development, and adherence of team members to all policies and safety protocols.
  • Work to coach and develop assigned team members and facilitate team members’ personal and professional goals. Conduct regular reviews of personnel.
  • Lead team members in facilitating a cooperative working environment that promotes a culture of teamwork, positivity, inclusion, and growth.
  • Help create and implement enrichment plans for area animals.
  • Participate in collection and facilities planning, development of exhibits and educational planning, and research and conservation activities.
  • Inspect exhibits and related facilities daily for cleanliness, safety, and structural integrity.
  • Facilitate communication between management and team members regarding animals’ health, behavior, and general departmental notifications.
  • Collaborate with Animal Care Supervisor, Animal Care Manager, Director of Animal Care and Education, and Director of Animal Health in development of diets, husbandry techniques, and area protocols.
  • Ensure accurate and appropriate record keeping is maintained within the department.
  • Work closely with leadership to develop and implement 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.
  • Assist with departmental budget management by monitoring area inventory and ordering of supplies.
  • Maintain advanced 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.
  • Availability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, or irregular hours dictated by facility or animal needs
  • Perform all other duties as assigned by Director.

PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to access animal pools, exhibits, and enclosures
  • Must be a strong swimmer, with the ability to pass departmental swim test
  • 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.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Biology, Zoology, Marine Science or related discipline
  • Minimum 6 years paid experience working with and training marine and/or terrestrial animals at an AZA accredited or equivalent facility, at least 2 years of which must be in a paid leadership role.
  • SCUBA certification
  • Excellent public speaking and showmanship experience
  • Experience with neonate and juvenile rearing preferred
  • Life support experience preferred
  • Must exemplify core fundamentals of the Employee Promise, which states:
  • I am empowered to take ownership of any opportunity to exceed expectations.
  • I anticipate guest needs and pay attention to the details.
  • I am on stage! (Smile)
  • I have an attitude of gratitude.
  • I get it right the first time.
  • I display actions that are moral and ethical.
  • I always provide alternative solutions.
  • I am committed to learning every aspect of our product and guest services.
  • I use the 10/5 rule; at 10 feet I acknowledge my guest’s presence with a smile and at 5 feet I greet them with a courteous word.
  • I use name recognition at every opportunity.
  • I take personal responsibility for our surroundings.
  • I am accountable for my tools and resources.
  • I value the contribution of every team member.

 

 

Trainer-Mammals & Birds

Georgia Aquarium  – Atlanta, GA 30313

Position Summary
This position is responsible for the daily care and behavioral conditioning of Georgia Aquarium’s Mammal & Bird collection with an emphasis and focus on care and training of African penguins. The primary objectives and responsibilities are to play a primary role in the execution of daily shows, guest interactions, and other programs as applicable. Other responsibilities include but are not limited to: diet preparation, environmental enrichment, facility/habitat maintenance, record keeping and animal observation/monitoring. Executes daily routine operations in accordance with section’s standard operating procedures.

Responsibilities:
1. Executes daily care and behavioral conditioning of Mammals & Birds with an emphasis and focus on care and training of African Penguins
2. Under direction of Senior Trainers and management team, Trains assigned animals of Mammal & Bird collection in accordance with Georgia Aquarium’s animal training protocols. Actively participates in the progression of animal training goals and standards. Develops behavior to facilitate show performances, public programs, animal management and care.
3. Assists Senior Trainers and management team with the development and implementation of dynamic animal training projects and programs that serve to enhance animal care, animal management, guest experience, and Aquarium public relations.
4. Ensures the daily health, care and welfare of the Mammal & Bird collection, with an emphasis and focus on care and training of African penguins
5. Maintains a superior level of showmanship while performing primary/key roles in daily shows, guest interactions, and other programs as applicable.
6. Performs the execution of complex behaviors as integral part of Georgia Aquarium’s Mammal & Bird show.
7. Interacts with guests and crew members in a positive and professional manner.
8. Executes comprehensive Mammal & Bird environmental enrichment program. Develops novel environmental enrichment devices and activities.
9. Follows established standard operating procedures for animal care, food preparation, and clean up, including proper maintenance and sterilization of equipment.
10. Assists in maintaining the highest standards in the areas of: cleanliness/sanitation, diet preparation, record keeping, animal observation, and general maintenance.
11. Maintains records management systems for animal inventory, care, training, and enrichment.
12. Inputs data and information into records management systems for animal inventory, care, training, and enrichment.
13. Executes underwater maintenance and cleaning of habitats.
14. Maintains SCUBA certification. Functions as a diver, dive tender, standby diver (TSBD), and designated person in charge (DPIC) during underwater activities carried out by Georgia Aquarium.
15. Follows dive safety guidelines established by the dive safety officer.
16. Fosters good relations with visitors, volunteers, community leaders, contractors, and fellow staff members by promoting positive attitudes, good will, cooperation, and providing high standards of service.
17. Complies with all Georgia Aquarium policies, procedures, and programs.
18. As needed, interact on behalf of the Georgia Aquarium with guests, media, general public, etc.
19. Assists with the developmental goals of interns and volunteers.
20. To perform other duties as workload necessitates, regardless of time of day or location.

Qualifications:
1. Four year degree in biology or related field; equivalent relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a four year degree at the discretion GAI.
2. Minimum two years of aquatic animal husbandry and training working with marine mammals / birds, experience in an AZA/AMMPA accredited institution, or equivalent, with a proven track record of team oriented and professional performance. Experience caring for and training African penguins is preferred.
3. Knowledge of contemporary animal training techniques.
4. Working knowledge of life support operation and water quality control for maintaining marine mammals.
5. Strong team skills.
6. Strong oral and written communication skills.
7. Valid State of Georgia driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one.
8. Valid passport, or the ability to obtain one.
9. Proficiency with Personal Computer (P.C.) hardware and contemporary software including Microsoft Office Products.
10. SCUBA certification.
11. Ability to pass departmental swim test, which includes, but is not limited to minimum requirements for treading water, breath holding, free diving and endurance.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 100 feet. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. Elements of the position require employees to wear a wet suit for extended periods throughout the day. This position requires direct contact with raw seafood. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. An employee must also have the ability to travel by car, boat and air as needed, physically use SCUBA equipment, conduct field work in the collection and research of animals, and maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals.

 

 

 

 

Sea Life Park – Animal Trainer IIPalace Entertainment – Waimānalo, HI 96795

MARINE MAMMAL
TRAINER: Seeking an experienced trainer for a fast-paced and challenging
position at Sea Life Park Hawaii. The candidate must possess a demonstrated
mastery of operant conditioning principles and the ability to effectively apply
this knowledge with marine mammals. Must have previous experience training
marine mammals in the following settings; basic medical husbandry behaviors,
show performances, interactive programs with pinnipeds and cetaceans. This
position requires the ability to function and excel in a team setting by
providing mentor-ship to junior staff. The applicant must have good oral and
written communication skills as well as the ability to interface with our
guests and visitors while conducting interactive programs. Minimum
Qualifications: 10+ years of demonstrated experience in the capacity as a marine
mammal trainer. Knowledge of marine mammal husbandry skills; food preparation,
sanitation, and basic marine mammal biology and physiology. Satisfactory
completion of a written and oral examination. Desired Qualifications: Training experience exceeding the minimum
qualifications, 3+ years of experience supervising trainers and support staff,
show production experience (development, training, and production), and
experience with interactive program development and problem solving. Salary: Commensurate with experience,
please provide a cover letter, current resume, and two letters of
recommendation.

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Wildlife Studies Intern

Audubon Nature Institute – New Orleans, LA 70118

Internship

The animal care staff at Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center is seeking candidates for 2018 internship positions.

Location: Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC)

Department: Husbandry

Dates of Position:
Spring, February – April
Summer, June – August
Fall, August – October
Winter, November – January

Application due dates:
For Spring 2018 session – December 4th, 2017
For Summer 2018 session – March 31st, 2018
For Fall 2018 session – May 31st, 2018
For Winter 2018 session – August 31st, 2018

Time Commitment:
12 Weeks (3 months): Works 5 days per week (40 hrs). Including weekends and holidays.

About the Species Survival Center:
The Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center (FMASSC) is one of the facilities run by the Audubon Nature Institute. It is a unique piece of property that expands approximately 1,000 acres in an area south of downtown New Orleans. The FMASSC is historically known for its innovative research in exotic feline reproduction at its research facility, the “Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species (ACRES).” Currently FMASSC runs several programs, including; the Coastal Wildlife Network, which rehabilitates sea turtles and marine mammals; the Crane Recovery Programs, which breeds and releases endangered whooping crane and Mississippi sandhill cranes; the G.U.L.F. Program, which works with sustainable fishery projects in the Gulf of Mexico; and the most recent, the Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife (ASW). The Alliance for Sustainable Wildlife is the new partnership between Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global; its mission to become a large breeding center for endangered species of hoofstock and birds. The property has just finished Phase I of construction for this new program.

Summary of Position:
Wildlife Studies Interns will be assisting staff with observational data collection and research studies pertaining to the property, animal habitats, and the animals themselves. This internship will also include minimal husbandry training. Types of data collection and research projects will change throughout the year and most will be focused on exotic hoofstock and bird taxa or Louisiana land management. Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working on a variety of tasks at this AZA certified facility. This internship may include long periods of time observing animals in one or multiple locations, collecting field samples, collecting data, electronic data input, and data analysis. This internship may include long hours of sitting in one place, or hiking through thick vegetation. Most interns will be assisting with ongoing projects, i.e. the project may not reach completion during the intern’s session. All interns will also have the opportunity to visit the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, Insectarium and occasionally the Mississippi Sandhill Crane Refuge. This internship is unpaid and free housing is available upon a limited basis.

Duties and Responsibilities: (may vary depending on current projects)

  • Data recording in the field
  • Data input in the computer
  • Collecting samples – anything from plant materials, water, animal feces, etc.
  • Behavioral observations
  • Data research through animal records, journals, etc.
  • Some husbandry tasks, such as diet prep, facility maintenance, preparation and administering of enrichment items, enclosure cleaning, and assisting staff with veterinary procedures.

Requirements:

  • Strong interest in animal care, research, behavior, and conservation.
  • Capable of accurately following written and verbal directions, policies and protocols.
  • Good attitude
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a team.
  • Ability to work outdoors in physically demanding adverse conditions (heat, humidity, rain, mosquitoes, poison ivy etc.)
  • Ability to sit, stand, walk for long periods of time
  • Must be able to record data in a neat and organized fashion
  • Must be flexible, as daily assignments may change suddenly
  • Up-to-date tetanus vaccination.
  • Proof of negative TB skin test prior to beginning work.
  • Must be able to pass a background check and drug test

How to Apply:

Send the following to Michelle Hatwood, mhatwood@auduboninstitute.org, by the application deadlines listed at the top of the page.

  • Cover letter – please state which internship session you are applying for in your cover letter
  • Resume
  • 3 Reference contacts

In the event their preferred placement has been filled, qualified applicants may be referred to other Audubon departments. By submitting application materials, the candidate agrees to release their information to our internship staff.

Audubon Nature Institute is proud to offer excellent professional training and experience in a variety of career tracks through our internship program. Placements are seasonally available in administration, animal care, conservation, development, education, volunteer management, and others. Candidates must be at least 18 years old to apply. To learn more about Audubon’s internship program, contact:

Maria Kohls, Volunteer & Intern Manager
Phone: 504-378-2524 | Email: mkohls@auduboninstitute.org

About Audubon Internships
Basic internships last approximately 12 weeks, in which interns develop a variety of professional skills through guided instruction and hands-on experience. Some advanced placements, lasting up to 6 months, are available for well-qualified candidates.

In addition to the core curriculum provided through each professional track, Audubon offers its program participants supplemental opportunities to learn about the operations of an AZA-accredited facility, the care and management of a diverse animal collection, the tools needed to engage and inspire guests, and much more.

Audubon accepts applications for available positions on a rolling basis. If no deadline is indicated in the position description, please refer to the schedule below for each session’s start window and application deadline. Be sure to indicate your preferred session on your application. An intern’s exact start and end date will vary according to the needs of each section.

2018 Start Windows
In order to fulfill internship program requirements, we encourage candidates to begin their seasonal placements within the start windows below. If you need special assistance with the intern application process, or have any questions about Audubon’s internship program, please contact the Manager for Volunteer & Intern Resources by email or phone at (504) 378-2524.

Summer 2018
May 6 – June 20

Fall 2018
Aug 5 – September 19

Winter 2018
November 4 – November 28

 

 

 

Senior Trainer Pinnipeds

Georgia Aquarium – Atlanta, GA 30313

Position Summary
Under the direction of section supervisors, this position plays leadership role in the execution and management of animal training, care, handling, and performance of pinnipeds utilized for Georgia Aquarium’s pinniped show and other programs as applicable. Primary objectives and responsibilities are to assist the management team with the development and implementation of daily shows, guest interaction programs, environmental enrichment programs, and staff development. Participates in daily show performances and animal sessions to facilitate public programming with pinnipeds. Executes daily routine operations in accordance with section’s standard operating procedures. Mentors junior staff in their respective job responsibilities.

Responsibilities:
1. Assists the management team in overseeing all aspects of daily care and behavioral conditioning of pinnipeds.
2. Under direction of section supervisors, coordinates the execution of daily and long-term animal training goals, including enrichment, new learning, show quality, and staff development.
3. Assists section supervisors with the development and implementation of dynamic animal training projects and programs that serve to enhance animal care, animal management, guest experience, and Aquarium public relations.
4. Ensures the daily health, care and welfare of the pinniped collection.
5. Trains pinniped collection in accordance with Georgia Aquarium’s animal training protocols. Actively participates in the progression of animal training goals and standards. Develops behavior to facilitate show performances, public programs, animal management and care.
6. Mentors junior staff on animal training, show performance, animal care, environmental enrichment, animal handling and general aquarium operations. Oversees and facilitates the developmental goals of volunteers, interns, Apprentice Trainers, Assistant Trainers and Trainers.
7. Executes daily pinniped show performances. Maintains a superior level of showmanship while performing primary/key roles in daily shows.
8. Interacts with guests and crew members in a positive and professional manner.
9. Facilitates and maintains comprehensive pinniped environmental enrichment program. Mentors junior staff on the development of novel environmental enrichment devices and activities.
10. Coordinates with management to orchestrate the casting of trainer/animal roles for daily shows, guest interaction programs, and other special events and programs as appropriate.
11. Performs the execution of complex behaviors as integral part of Georgia Aquarium’s pinniped show.
12. Follows established standard operating procedures for animal care, food preparation, and clean up, including proper maintenance and sterilization of equipment. Assists in maintaining the highest standards in area cleanliness, diet preparation, record keeping, and animal observations.
13. Ensures pinniped facilities are maintained in compliance with industry and government standards in the areas of: cleanliness/sanitation, diet preparation, record keeping and general maintenance.
14. Assists management team in coordination of animal handling for medical care and transport.
15. Assists management and maintenance of records management systems for animal inventory, care, training, and enrichment.
16. Inputs data and information into records management systems for animal inventory, care, training, and enrichment.
17. Executes underwater maintenance and cleaning of habitats.
18. Maintains SCUBA certification. Functions as a diver, dive tender, standby diver (TSBD), and designated person in charge (DPIC) during underwater activities carried out by Georgia Aquarium.
19. Follows dive safety guidelines established by the dive safety officer.
20. Fosters good relations with visitors, volunteers, community leaders, contractors, and fellow staff members by promoting positive attitudes, good will, cooperation, and providing high standards of service.
21. Complies with all Georgia Aquarium policies, procedures, and programs.
22. As needed, interact on behalf of the Georgia Aquarium with guests, media, general public, etc.
23. To perform other duties as workload necessitates, regardless of time of day or location.

Qualifications:
1. Four year degree in biology or related field; equivalent relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a four year degree at the discretion GAI.
2. Minimum four years of aquatic animal husbandry and training working with marine mammals, experience in an AZA/AMMPA accredited institution, or equivalent, with a proven track record of team oriented and professional performance.
3. Extensive background in animal training.
4. Experience in show performance and public programs preferred.
5. Working knowledge of life support operation and water quality control for maintaining marine mammals.
6. Strong team skills.
7. Strong oral and written communication skills.
8. Valid State of Georgia driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one.
9. Valid passport, or the ability to obtain one.
10. Proficiency with Personal Computer (P.C.) hardware and contemporary software including Microsoft Office Products.
11. SCUBA certification.
12. Ability to pass departmental swim test, which includes, but is not limited to minimum requirements for treading water, breath holding, free diving and endurance.

Physical Demands & Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds 100 feet. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. Elements of the position require employees to wear a wet suit for extended periods throughout the day. This position requires direct contact with raw seafood. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. An employee must also have the ability to travel by car, boat and air as needed, physically use SCUBA equipment, conduct field work in the collection and research of animals, and maintain daily contact with a living collection of plants and animals.

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Part-time

The Sea Otter trainer II is an entry level keeper position with a focus on marine mammal care. Implements training based on the goals established by the veterinarian, Director of Husbandry and curatorial staff. The Sea Otter trainer II reports to the Curator and communicates effectively with the veterinary staff, members of the other Husbandry Department divisions and all other Audubon Nature Institute (ANI) departments

 

To deliver on the Audubon mission, the Sea Otter Trainer II will:

 

Provide a guest experience of outstanding quality

  • Approach all encounters with employees and guests in a friendly, service-oriented manner.
  • Maintain the highest standards related to the day-to-day operations of the Husbandry Department
  • Work evening, weekend, holiday hours – required.
  • Return telephone messages and e-mails in a timely fashion
  • Handle problems in the workplace, including anticipating, preventing, identifying, and solving problems as necessary.
  • Identify and correct minor or routine maintenance problems in a timely manner and report other maintenance needs
  • Interact positively with the public and co-workers.
  • Make decisions consistent with Audubon Nature Institute policies and procedures.
  • Assist with daily duties in all sections as required.
  • Be required to perform facility and exhibit maintenance, including but not limited to, trash and debris removal, floor cleaning, painting, building repair, horticultural duties, etc.
  • Establish and maintain effective, efficient and cooperative relationships with employees, senior administration, vendors and customers.
  • Maintain high standards of personal appearance and grooming, including proper uniform standards,
  • Comply at all times with Audubon Nature Institute standards and regulations to encourage safe and efficient operations.

 

Weave quality entertainment through the guest experience.

  • Work within the guidelines and mission of the Audubon Nature Institute.
  • Convey information and ideas clearly.
  • Conduct behind-the-scenes tours for VIP’s, donors, and Audubon Education programs as scheduled.
  • Interact with the public to include on and off grounds educational and media presentations.
  • Develop and present educational programs as required.
  • Function as an interpreter and represent ANI as a spokesperson.
  • Compose animal and exhibit information for publication in the following: Audubon’s website, AZA’s website and other publications.

 

Exhibit the diversity of wildlife.

Animal Care

  • Have a working knowledge of the ecosystems and animals represented by their exhibit themes. This includes basic knowledge of animal anatomy, behavior, environmental parameters and recognition of common heath concerns.
  • Maintain current knowledge of all specimens under their care, their natural history (biology and environmental needs) and husbandry requirements through hands on experience, upkeep with current literature, active professional network development, keeper exchange programs and conference participation as approved.
  • Have an understanding of the safety concerns of working with sea otters and the ability to follow all established AAOA sea otter protocols.
  • Have a working knowledge of the principles of operant conditioning and ability to use them using them safely and effectively with marine mammals. All behavior modification is done in accordance with all AAOA established protocols.
  • Have a working understanding of training plans, recognizes areas where animal training can be used to reduce sea otter stress and its importance in husbandry care.
  • Have a working knowledge of the principles of enrichment and its role in animal welfare. Responsible for evaluating results of enrichment.
  • Able to recognize compliance for all USDA standards in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act.
  • Keep accurate and up to date records to ensure quality animal management and welfare at or above industry standards.
  • Exercise sound judgement to evaluate animal health and identify concerns as they arise.
  • Identify and correct minor or routine exhibit maintenance issues and reports larger problems.
  • Work with curatorial staff to oversee viable breeding, husbandry and conservation programs for species within their collection
  • Have a working knowledge of water chemistry and life support equipment with the ability to identify and troubleshoot problems.
  • Assist curatorial staff with the development of collection plans.
  • Follow direction and maintain compliance with all AZA standards of Accreditation and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas established protocols for animal care including, but not limited to, diet administration, exhibit maintenance, behavioral conditioning, recordkeeping and safety.
  • Assist veterinarian and curatorial staff with recognizing animal health concerns and making sure treatment is carried out as prescribed.
  • Assist with the development of new exhibits and improving new ones as assigned
  • Attend and participate in regular sub department meetings to develop goals, evaluate progress and facilitate open communication among staff.
  • Assist in training and daily oversight of interns and volunteers.
  • Maintain a clean service area including scrubbing, mopping, organization and pest control as needed.

 

Operate a financially self- sufficient collection of museums and parks

 

  • Perform basic arithmetic functions and process financial information.
  • Assist with the preparation of the departmental operating budget as needed
  • Strive to operate within budget limitations
  • Manage time effectively to eliminate unnecessary overtime.

Enhance the care and survival of wildlife through research and conservation

  • Encourage and support Audubon breeding programs aimed at decreasing the need for wild collection
  • Promote, participate in and oversee departmental research and conservation programs

 

The above listed duties are general statements of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. They do not exclude other duties as assigned.

 

To deliver on the Audubon service promise, the Sea Otter Trainer II will:

 

Welcome

  • Make eye contact with every customer encounter, smile at every person, offer friendly phrases and greetings.
  • Wear identification badge.
  • Go above and beyond to offer assistance to guests in need.
  • Assume ownership of potential safety hazards (wipe-up spill, pick up trash).
  • Assume ownership of camera-ready standards in assigned exhibit spaces.
  • Use proper professional phone etiquette when answering phones on behalf of Audubon.
  • Refrain from cell phone use in the public space, maintaining a welcome, approachable appearance.

 

Share

  • Must meet the standards of guest engagement -positive attitude, pleasant tone of voice, willingness to go above and beyond.
  • Coach coworkers, interns an volunteers on service expectations, leading by example
  • Utilize the power of teamwork to give excellent service. Work with your department and others in pursuit of excellence in customer service.
  • Share information vital to the team and ANI success freely and in a timely manner. Identify and correct poor communication situations and habits.
  • Know when to involve management to correct problems in a timely fashion, ideally before they impact a guest. .

 

Inspire

  • Acknowledge guests when working in the public space and seize every opportunity to actively engage guests in the wonders of nature
  • Know the answers to questions or seek out the answers in an attempt to exceed guest expectations.
  • Ensure work area is free of food, drink, socialization, and personal business.
  • Follow Dress Code Policy on clothing and grooming. Be an ambassador of Audubon at all times.
  • Keep unpleasant concerns behind closed doors. Keep the guest space a positive environment.

 

Supervision: N/A

Experience:

 

  • Minimum one year of paid or unpaid experience in a zoological facility or public aquarium, research facility or similar facility is required. AZA accredited public aquarium facility is preferred.
  • Experience in the care of zoological exhibits with a primary focus on marine mammals

 

 

Education:

  • High School diploma (or equivalent) and a degree from a recognized college or university are required. College course work in zoology, biology, animal science or related field is preferred.
  • Accurate oral and written communication skills.

Licensure/Certification:

 

  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license
  • SCUBA certification preferred
  • First Aid/ CPR preferred

 

Software Requirements:

 

  • Proven competency in the application of Microsoft Office, Word, PowerPoint and Excel computer programs is required.

Machinery/Tools/Equipment Requirements:

  • Must have the ability to use mobile devices to facilitate effective communication.
  • Have a general understanding of the use of basic power tools. Ability and willingness to operate power tools, lawn equipment, etc
  • Basic carpentry, plumbing and horticultural skills are considered an asset.

Physical Requirements:

  • Sitting or standing, bending, stooping and per OSHA regulations: Heavy work involving lifting no more than 100 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to swim.

 

If SCUBA certified, the Sea Otter Trainer II, will demonstrate the ability to:

  • swim efficiently at the surface
  • swim efficiently underwater
  • tow another diver while in full SCUBA gear
  • tread water/float on the surface
  • assemble, ditch and don SCUBA gear
  • control of buoyancy using SCUBA
  • clear SCUBA mask and swim without a mask underwater
  • regulator skills – recover and clear, and breathe through free-flowing regulator
  • demonstrate comfort underwater in all conditions, stressful or otherwise

Environmental/Working Conditions:

  • Candidate must maintain regular attendance in compliance with Audubon standards, as required by scheduling which may vary according to the needs of the organization
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Dolphin Care Supervisor (The Mirage)

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Become one of the stars behind the show and become part of the world’s most powerful entertainment brands. Our Company has one exciting mission: To entertain the human race .

 

The Dolphin Care Supervisor is an entry-level management position that assists Curator and Assistant Curator in the management of the daily operation of the Dolphin Care Staff, addresses applicable issues as they arise and mentors Dolphin Care Staff in all aspects of guest service, animal husbandry, animal training and facility operation. The Supervisor of Dolphin Care must accept the responsibility for achieving all goals and objectives of the Dolphin Care Staff which will be consistent with the goals and objectives of The Mirage. All duties are to be performed in accordance with departmental and Mirage policies, practices and procedures.

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  • Ensure the safety of our animals, by overseeing and participating in the daily care of our collection:
  • Training through positive reinforcement
  • Daily assessment of behavior and appetite
  • Physical condition of dolphins
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  • Standardized husbandry behaviors maintained for all dolphins
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  • Ethical behavior management techniques.
  • Appropriate use of enrichment techniques
  • Monitoring the quality and nutritional content of animal diets.
  • Work closely with veterinary staff to coordinate activities
  • Assist with coordinating animal transports
  • Participate in animal related discussions regarding: reproduction activities, husbandry, training, etc.
  • Monitor all construction activities to ensure the safety of our animals, guests and staff
  • Supervise and assist Dolphin Care Staff in all daily duties and dolphin interactions
  • Increase behavioral repertoire of all assigned dolphins while supervising and ensuring an increase of behavioral repertoire of the entire dolphin population
  • Perform daily observations of all dolphins and report any abnormalities and concerns
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Institute for Marine Mammal Studies, Inc – Gulfport, MS 39503

Job Description

The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), a private, non-profit corporation located in Gulfport, Mississippi, is seeking to fill the position of a full-time Marine Educator.

Position Description

Educators will participate in our daily public programs that educate our visitors about marine mammals and sea turtles, as well as issues affecting their habitats. As an Educator, you will also narrate our reptile presentations in the Rainforest Aviary Pavilion. Educators also participate in offsite programs and outreach events.

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Job Type: Full-time

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Scientists use drone to sample whale breath and snot To study the microbiome of humpback whales

Scientists flew a small drone over the blowhole of a few humpback whales in the US and Canada to collect the microbes living inside their breath. Sampling the community of microbes and bacteria living inside whales, called the microbiome, can help us better understand what makes a healthy whale, and what happens when a whale gets sick.

In the new research, published this week in the journal mSystems, scientists describe 25 species of microbes found in each humpback’s breath they sampled. Though they don’t know how exactly these organisms affect the health of the whales yet, many of the same microbes are often found in other marine mammals, suggesting they play a role in keeping the animals healthy. The study is also the latest example of how drones can help scientists in their quest to conserve species: in Hawaii, botanists are also using drones to hunt down rare plants in hard-to-reach places like cliffs.

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Just like humans, animals have a microcosm of organisms inhabiting their bodies — which help keep them healthy. While we’re just starting to explore the human microbiome and its functions, very little is known about the microbiome of whales, especially inside their breathing organs, where a lot of infections occur. So researchers decided to sample the spray of water and snot coming out of the hole atop the whale heads, which the animals use to breathe at the surface.

Usually, whale breath is collected by approaching the animals — which can be up to 60 feet long, in the case of humpbacks — with a small boat, and then holding 23-foot pole with a collection plate above the blowhole. That’s obviously time-consuming and dangerous — for people and whales. In search for a better method, scientists used a remote-controlled hexacopter equipped with a petri dish. They then flew it a few feet over the blowhole of 26 healthy humpback whales off the coast of Cape Cod in the Atlantic Ocean and Vancouver Island in the Pacific.

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The researchers found 25 species of microbes in the breath of all whales, including 20 that were previously found in other marine mammals. That suggests that those organisms are connected to the creatures’ respiratory health, according to the study, although it’s not exactly clear how. But understanding what makes the microbiome of a healthy whale can help us monitor their health, identify dangerous pathogens in the future, and possibly understand how pollutants in the water can affect whales.

That’s key for their conservation. A number of large whales are listed as endangered or critically endangered, including some humpback whale populations off the coast of northwest Africa and Central America.

Sourse: http://www.theverge.com
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The secret of dolphins’ speed is not skin-deep, study shows

 

Does dolphin skin have secret powers that allow the flippered mammals to outrace boats? Scientists looking to answer this question have found that dolphins achieve impressive swimming speeds based on muscle power alone.

The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, solve a longtime mystery on the nature of dolphin propulsion.

Researchers have wondered how dolphins manage to swim so fast at least since the 1930s, when British zoologist James Gray marveled at reports of one dolphin’s apparent speed as it outraced a boat. Gray calculated that the dolphins simply didn’t have the muscle power to swim that fast; they must somehow use a trick of fluid mechanics to overcome the drag that would hold them back. This observation became known as Gray’s paradox.

The answer to Gray’s paradox was thought to lie in dolphins’ smooth skin. Could it manipulate water flow to reduce drag and improve speed? (It’s a reasonable idea – after all, speedy mako sharks have skin covered in tiny toothlike scales that help them make hairpin turns by controlling flow separation.)

The lure of such potential drag reduction spawned a host of research, said lead author Frank Fish, a biomechanist at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. This was particularly true in the 1960s during the Cold War, when both Russia and the U.S. coveted the dolphin’s supposed secrets.

“Cold war paranoia afflicted both Pentagon and Kremlin in the form of wildly exaggerated estimates of the speeds of each other’s submarines,” Duke University biomechanist Steven Vogel wrote in the book “Comparative Biomechanics: Life’s Physical World.”

Researchers tried to pick apart the secrets of dolphin skin in a number of ways, wrapping rubbery artificial skin around test torpedoes and even dragging naked young women (or “nekkid leddies,” as referenced here) through the water to see how their skin responded to the drag. (Women have more fatty tissue under their skin than men do, which gives their skin more “dolphin-like” properties, Fish said.)

Nowadays, to watch how animals affect the flows around them as they move through water, researchers often fill a water tank with 10-micron-wide glass beads and shoot a laser sheet through the water to illuminate the beads and watch how the animals’ movement affects the beads and thus disturbs the flow.

You can do this with jellyfish, not so much with dolphins, Fish said – there are concerns about what would happen if the laser hit them in the eye or if they ingested the beads.

“It’s one thing to work with a fish, it’s another thing to work with a dolphin – we tend to protect them,” Fish said. “Dolphins are very pampered animals, when we keep them.”

Luckily, Fish said, engineer Timothy Wei of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had been working with other “pampered animals” – Olympic swimmers – and had come up with an ingenious and low-cost solution to track them as they swam.

Instead of using glass beads, Wei used air bubbles. Here’s how: They got a garden soaker hose that’s typically used to water lawns and pumped air through it from an oxygen tank. The tiny bubbles that came out of the hose’s pores created a sheet of bubbles that, when illuminated by sunlight, could act just like the reflective glass beads in the laser sheet.

The scientists had Primo and Puka, two retired Navy dolphins, swim along the length of the bubble wall. After watching the patterns created in the bubbles, the scientists realized that the bottlenose dolphins were producing an incredible amount of power – enough to overcome the enormous drag they were experiencing.

So the answer to Gray’s paradox? There was no paradox, Fish concluded.

“First off, we can stop looking for a magic mechanism to reduce drag,” Fish said. “There may be ways to reduce drag, but the dolphin [skin] isn’t going to show us those.”

In any case, he added, “it basically starts to tell us things about how well designed these aquatic athletes are.”

It could mean that flippered robots could theoretically be an alternative to the propeller-driven kind, said Fish, who said he’s currently working on creating a manta ray robot.

In the meantime, the bubble method of tracking animals’ flow patterns might be useful in testing larger animals in the open ocean – it’s certainly more portable than the laser-and-beads method, Fish said.

By BY AMINA KHAN

How do pink river dolphins reproduce?

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Reproduction in pink river dolphins start when a couple of dolphins mate to start the gestation period.

-This period can take from nine to twelve months when mothers give birth to the baby dolphin.

-Pink river dolphins reproduce at the end of October to the beginning of November, therefore giving birth between May and July when the water in the Amazon is at its highest.

Source: http://se7en-ila.livejournal.com

 

Open water sea lion interaction

When you love your job…take it to the highest level, when your animals trust in you, decide to work wherever you take them and give you a 100% back…that is a successful animal trainer.

That…is when you really feel proud of yourself and the work you have done!

Congratulations to the trainer Abel Reyes and his team

Well done!

 

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