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Trainee Animal Care Assistant


SEA LIFE Gweek, The Cornish Seal Sanctuary
Gweek, CORNWALL, TR12 6UG
United Kingdom

We are the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and we are part of the SEA LIFE Trust!

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Right now, we are on the lookout for a Trainee Animal Care Assistant to support with the daily management of our resident and rescue animals, ensuring consistently high standards of animal care and husbandry.

About the role

You will assist in the daily husbandry and enrichment training programmes of the resident animals and will be responsible for the daily cleaning and maintenance of the resident enclosures and their surroundings. This will also include the maintenance of all exhibit plant and filtration systems and to maintain daily husbandry records for outdoor pools and exhibits, including animal feeding, behaviour, condition and treatment. Carrying out stock checks of animal foods, disposable items and medication, and reporting findings to the Animal Care Supervisor.

During pup rescue season duties will also include maintaining the seal hospital and its surroundings to the highest possible standards, including cleaning and disinfecting of pools, pens and work areas both on and off view to the public. Assisting with the rescue and release of seal pups as and when required and with any care and husbandry of seal pups in the hospital, ensuring that animals receive proper veterinary treatments, food and supplements, as requested by the Animal Care Supervisor.

This is a Full Time, permanent role however, as holiday periods are our busiest time this will include doing your fair share of peak days, weekends and bank holidays on a roster basis.

About you

As a Trainee Animal Care Assistant every day is different, so you will need to have the ability to ‘think on your feet’ and take ownership of issues that may rise. A good understanding of animal health, husbandry, animal training and behaviour to ensure each animal receives individual care is essential for this role as is being comfortable with the preparation of feeds for all resident and rescued animals, and the maintenance of the fish preparation room.

Responsible for the daily delivery of informative and entertaining talks and demonstrations to the public, you will need to be a confident communicator, giving our guests an inspirational and educational experience.

You will also have knowledge gained through significant work experience from within a similar role and through advanced studies/education.

About the benefits

Join us and you could be enjoying a salary of £17,156.00 per annum and 28 days holiday (including bank holidays).

About us

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Gweek is the only fully operational seal rescue centre in Cornwall. Our seal sanctuary provides a lifeline for stray, sick and injured seal pups which have been discovered around the Cornwall coast. The Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre, and has resident Grey Seals, Common Seals, Patagonian & Californian Sea Lions, Penguins, Otters, Goats, Sheep and Ponies. Occasionally the Sanctuary’s facilities and expertise are called upon to aid in the rescue of other marine creatures such as Dolphins and Turtles.

In order to comply with government guidelines, we have introduced new hygiene and safety measures at the sanctuary. Should you be successful in your application and requested to attend a face to face interview you will be asked to adhere to these measures. Otherwise all interviews may be via telephone or video call.

These will include but not be limited to; social distancing, non-invasive temperature checks, face masks and the use of hand sanitisers. Full details on these measures can be found here: https://sealsanctuary.sealifetrust.org/en/visiting-us/faq/

Merlin provides HR services for the SEA LIFE Trust and as part of this, all SEA LIFE Trust employees adhere to all Merlin Entertainments policies. Please be aware that you may receive correspondence from Merlin Entertainments regarding SEA LIFE Trust vacancies.Merlin Entertainments Group – 5 days ago – apply on company sitereport job



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Animal Care Specialist II

OdySea Aquarium

As part of the OdySea Aquarium team, this position requires a dedicated individual to carry out all aspects of animal husbandry, exhibit maintenance, staff training, acquisition & disposition for the assigned animal collection and holding area management for the assigned aquatic collection, as well as other related projects and programs. Responsibilities will also include maintaining organized written records pertaining to animal health, feeding, and behavioral observations. Fostering a positive team atmosphere, attention to animal health, exhibit excellence and guest experience are the driving priorities in accomplishing the goals of this position.  

Experience Required

• Bachelor’s Degree in biology, related field, or equivalent experience required. • Three to four years of professional husbandry, training and interactive guest experience at a public zoo, aquarium, or similar institution with demonstrated knowledge and experience in zoological operations and animal care preferred. • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team in a constantly changing environment as well as individually, with a minimum of supervision. • Certification from a recognized SCUBA training organization.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit https://www.odyseaaquarium.com/join-our-team/#employment 

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