Job/Experience

 

Audubon Nature Institute

Marine Mammal Training (Sea Otters) Intern (Aquarium)

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated, hardworking individual to participate in our Marine Mammal Training Internship.

Internship Overview:

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated, hardworking individual to participate in our Marine Mammal Training Internship. We are looking for candidates who are interested in gaining experience working in the marine mammal training field. The intern will work directly with the animal training staff and are exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of our collection of 0.2 Southern sea otters, Enhydra lutris nereis. Heavy emphasis is placed on essential daily tasks such as food preparation, daily cleaning/facility maintenance, enrichment, and gaining a basic understanding of the principles of training. Interns shadow trainers and learn through observation about marine mammal husbandry and operant conditioning techniques. As interns gain experience, they may have the opportunity to assist with basic behavioral maintenance. (Please note: all contact with animals is contingent upon trainer approval and intern performance)

Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to: food preparation, exhibit maintenance, daily and weekly cleaning tasks, public presentations, daily enrichment, and daily animal observations. Interns will also participate in required reading and coordinating worksheets.

Requirements:

  • Must commit to the 14 week internship semester
  • Must commit to a schedule of 24 hours per week, working 7:30am-3:30pm Thursdays – Sundays
  • Candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education in a Biology or Psychology related field
  • Able to lift 50 lbs and climb ladders/stairs without assistance
  • May be asked to work holidays
  • Must pass a background check and may be subject to random drug testing
  • Must have strong communication skills and be comfortable engaging a diverse audience.
  • This is a non-paid internship, interns are responsible for all housing, transportation and living expenses.

Salary

Unpaid

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resumes to: Kristine Grzenda Curator, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Husbandry Department 1 Canal Street New Orleans, LA, 70130 or email to kgrzenda@auduboninstitute.org with the subject “Sea Otter Internship” Dates of Position: Spring, February- May Summer, May- August Fall, August- November Winter, November- February 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
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

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St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Animal Trainer

The St Louis Aquarium at Union Station is hiring!

A new page is being written in the long history of St. Louis’ historic Union Station.  Located in what was once one of the busiest passenger rail terminals in the world, the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will take guests on an aquatic journey unlike any other.

Opening at the end of 2019, The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be an immersive and engaging experience offering unique perspectives of our underwater world.  The aquarium will include one-of-a-kind exhibits featuring thousands of aquatic animals from streams, rivers, lakes and the oceans including a 250,000- gallon shark habitat as the centrepiece.  The Aquarium features state-of-the-art technology, world-class animal care, as well as a strong emphasis on both education and conservation.

Position:  Animal Trainer

Department: Ambassador Animals and Life Sciences 

We are currently looking for an energetic and dynamic Animal Trainer to join our team.  This role will be responsible for managing the day-to-day husbandry operations of the care and well being of all animals within the Aquarium, with a specific focus on animal training.

As an Animal Trainer, you will be responsible for the continual development of the animal behaviour and enrichment programs, as well as leading public presentations with the facility’s wide variety of animals.

Roles & Responsibilities

·      Undertake daily operations to ensure highest level of safety, courtesy, education, efficiency and operational readiness at all times.

·      Train animal behavior and provide enrichment activities.

·      Public presentations and interactive programs consistent with the facility’s philosophy and procedures.

·      Maintain positive representation to professional agencies, institutions and various committees.

·      Compliance with health and safety standards in accordance with local municipality, state and federal rules and regulations.

·      Provide animal care and ensure habitats meet compliance of facility specific policies and procedures.

·      Maintain up-to-date electronic records on animal health, training sessions, enrichment, water quality, system maintenance, and system checks, as necessary.

·      Monitor, identify, and communicate any animal health concerns.

·      In collaboration with Guest Experience Department and the Aquarium Foundation, ensure habitats and programs engage, educate and entertain diverse audiences.

·      Work closely with the Aquarium Foundation to ensure volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement.

·      Perform daily dive requirements.

·      Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Experience

  • 2+ years of full-time, paid experience in animal husbandry with emphasis on animal training.
  • SCUBA Diver certified required.
  • First Aid, Emergency O2 and AED certification preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline required.
  • Experienced animal trainer with a strong background in ambassador animals, mammals, and/or birds is preferred.
  • Competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How to Apply

To apply, please send us a PDF copy of your resume and a one-page cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience for the position at recruitment@zooceanarium.com. Include the title – Animal Trainer, in the file name.

St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station
St. Louis, MO

 

 

Audubon Nature Institute

Marine Mammal Training (Sea Otters) Intern (Aquarium)

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated, hardworking individual to participate in our Marine Mammal Training Internship.

Internship Overview:

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is looking for a motivated, hardworking individual to participate in our Marine Mammal Training Internship. We are looking for candidates who are interested in gaining experience working in the marine mammal training field. The intern will work directly with the animal training staff and are exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of our collection of 0.2 Southern sea otters, Enhydra lutris nereis. Heavy emphasis is placed on essential daily tasks such as food preparation, daily cleaning/facility maintenance, enrichment, and gaining a basic understanding of the principles of training. Interns shadow trainers and learn through observation about marine mammal husbandry and operant conditioning techniques. As interns gain experience, they may have the opportunity to assist with basic behavioral maintenance. (Please note: all contact with animals is contingent upon trainer approval and intern performance)

Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to: food preparation, exhibit maintenance, daily and weekly cleaning tasks, public presentations, daily enrichment, and daily animal observations. Interns will also participate in required reading and coordinating worksheets.

Requirements:

  • Must commit to the 14 week internship semester
  • Must commit to a schedule of 24 hours per week, working 7:30am-3:30pm Thursdays – Sundays
  • Candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education in a Biology or Psychology related field
  • Able to lift 50 lbs and climb ladders/stairs without assistance
  • May be asked to work holidays
  • Must pass a background check and may be subject to random drug testing
  • Must have strong communication skills and be comfortable engaging a diverse audience.
  • This is a non-paid internship, interns are responsible for all housing, transportation and living expenses.

Salary

Unpaid

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resumes to: Kristine Grzenda Curator, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Husbandry Department 1 Canal Street New Orleans, LA, 70130 or email to kgrzenda@auduboninstitute.org with the subject “Sea Otter Internship” Dates of Position: Spring, February- May Summer, May- August Fall, August- November Winter, November- February 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
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Audubon Nature Institute

Advanced Marine Mammal Training (Sea Lions) Intern (Zoo)

The Sea Lion Department is seeking applicants for 2019 internship positions in advanced marine mammal training and care.

Internship Overview:

The Advanced Sea Lion Internship at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana is designed for college students or recent college graduates who are interested in a career in marine mammal training. Our interns work side-by-side with experienced marine mammal trainers and educators. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of California sea lions. An advanced intern will spend the first half of their internship completing the duties of the basic internship. Once the intern has successfully completed all the requirements of the basic internship, they will then move into their role as an advanced intern. The advanced internship focuses on the intern first understanding the concepts of Operant Conditioning and then working to successfully apply those concepts in the hands-on training of California sea lions.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in diet preparation, exhibit maintenance, cleaning, water quality testing, and other section responsibilities.
  • Assist trainers in training and husbandry sessions.
  • Implement enrichment for sea lions and design original enrichment.
  • Complete weekly study guides and quizzes.
  • Participate in lecture series given by the training staff.
  • Speak on microphone during daily educational presentations in the Sea Lion Theater.

 

  • Work alongside an experienced trainer to train a new behaviour
  • Assist in the training of basic interns and act as a leader
  • Complete a research project of  your own choosing
  • Construct original enrichment items
  • Learn to ask animal behaviours in a presentation setting
  • Develop an original project that will be used in the education of basic interns in the future
  • Develop ability to properly keep training, enrichment, and diet records

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have successfully completed one semester of college.
  • Must have one previous animal internship focused on operant conditioning.
  • Must be able to afford housing, food, and transportation to and from the zoo as this is a full time (40 hours per week) unpaid internship.
  • Must be available for the full 28 week internship period.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work in all weather environments (extreme heat and humidity, rain, and freezing temperatures).
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to start date.
  • Must be able to acquire housing on own.
  • Must be a self-motivated, upbeat, and hardworking individual.

Salary

Unpaid

How to Apply

Send cover letter and one-page resume, and two references via e-mail to sealions@auduboninstitute.org. Please write “Advanced Internship” in the subject line and please indicate which internship term you are applying for. 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
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Audubon Nature Institute

Marine Mammal Training (Sea Lions) Intern (Zoo)

The Sea Lion Department is seeking applicants for 2019 internship positions in marine mammal training and care.

Internship Overview:

The Basic Sea Lion Internship at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana is designed for college students or recent college graduates who are interested in a career in marine mammal training. Our interns work side-by-side with experienced marine mammal trainers and educators. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care and training of California sea lions. For qualified hard working candidates there is the opportunity to take part in the Advanced Sea Lion Internship following the completion of the Basic requirements.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in diet preparation, exhibit maintenance, cleaning, water quality testing and other section responsibilities.
  • Assist trainers in training and husbandry sessions.
  • Implement enrichment for sea lions and design original enrichment.
  • Complete weekly study guides and quizzes.
  • Participate in lecture series given by the training staff.
  • Speak on microphone during daily educational presentations in the Sea Lion Theater.
  • Can earn the opportunity to feed and ask for basic behaviours.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have successfully completed one semester of college.
  • Must be able to afford housing, food, and transportation to and from the zoo as this is a full time (40 hours per week) unpaid internship.
  • Must be available for the full 14 week internship period.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds and work in all weather environments (extreme heat and humidity, rain, and freezing temperatures).
  • Must provide a current negative TB test prior to start date.
  • Must be able to acquire housing on own.
  • Must be a self motivated, upbeat, and hard working individual.

Salary

Unpaid

How to Apply

Send cover letter and one page resume via e-mail to sealions@auduboninstitute.org. Please write “Basic Internship” in the subject line and please indicate which internship term you are applying for. 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
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118

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Tips and Advice

Being an animal trainer is very rewarding and it gives a high level of satisfaction, but we also know that trainers must have flexible schedules to accommodate the needs of the animals.

It is important you to bear in mind that in many cases in order for you to get a job, you must be willing to relocate.

Are you ready for this?

Are you just starting?

I recommend you have animal related work experience

This is a great opportunity to start developing your skills for animal care, practicing team work and at the same time you could develop experience in animal rescue and rehabilitation.

You can also make a difference in animal sanctuaries and with companies with missions to improve animal welfare and prevent animal abuse.

On this link, you can find different opportunities

http://www.animal-job.co.uk/voluntary-work-with-animals.html

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