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Indianapolis Zoo

Trainer – Marine Mammal

The Indianapolis Zoo is seeking applicants with at least one year of professional work experience at an accredited zoo or similar organisation for a full-time trainer position.  The trainer is responsible for the health and well-being of the collections assigned to his/her care, as well as maintenance of the exhibits.  Position may work with any animals within the department including dolphins, sea lions, or walruses, as well as helping with special projects.  This position requires SCUBA certification, and the ability to lift 50 pounds frequently.  Applications must be received by May 20, 2019.


Requirements include but are not limited to:

Completing area daily and weekly duties, and reports

Thorough understanding of water chemistry

Knows and implement species quarantine procedures as directed by Area Manager

Follows all safety Policies and Procedures of the Indianapolis Zoo

Participates in and develops area chats, feeds, and behind the scene tours.

Assists with research projects.

Assists with exhibit modifications.

Applicants must display a professional attitude and appearance to both visitors and co-workers.  Must be temperamentally suited to work with animals.


Skills:  Must have strong observational skills.  Must be a strongly team oriented with excellent communication (both written and oral) skills.  Ability to work mandatory overtime, weekends and holidays.

Education:  A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university in life sciences is required.

Applicants must also have SCUBA certification or be able to acquire within six months of hire.

Interested candidates must complete an on-line application at the Indianapolis Zoo’s website, .

In the “Position Desired” section of the application, please enter “Trainer-Marine Mammal”.  Cover letters and resumes should be attached. Please indicate your salary requirements.  Please complete the application thoroughly.

ONLY ON-LINE APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED.  Faxed, mailed, and delivered resumes will not be considered.  PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS.

Successfully passing pre-employment testing, including drug tests and criminal history checks is a condition of employment.

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, Child Safe and a Drug Free Work Environment.

How to Apply

Please apply online at:

Indianapolis Zoo

1200 W Washington St

Indianapolis, IN 46222



Marine Mammal Aide

Company Name National Aquarium Company Location  Baltimore, MD, US

Posted Date Posted 5 days ago Number of applicants among the first 25 applicants

The Marine Mammal Aide is responsible for providing husbandry and support to the marine mammal training staff. Responsible for preparing daily animal diets as instructed. Responsible for cleanliness and safety of all animal and back-up areas.

Essential Functions

Aides the Marine Mammal staff with the daily husbandry of marine mammal animal collection

Prepares daily animal diets and dispenses vitamins as instructed.

Assists in feeding all colony animals.

Provides secondary assistance in the training of behaviours under the guidance of experienced staff members.

Assists in daily animal observations.

Participates in the scheduled SCUBA dives into the Dolphin pools to clean/scrub and maintain the overall cleanliness of the exhibit

Maintains all animal and related records.

Assists in the marine mammal enrichment program.

Responsible for the cleanliness and safety of all animal and back-up areas.

Aides staff in training of animal collection

Responsible for observing behaviuor training within a learning capacity.

Develops basic understanding and application of operant conditioning techniques and terminology.

Will participate in back-up and primary roles for public presentations.

Adheres to all organizational and departmental policies and procedures

Other duties as assigned or required

Qualifications/Position Requirements

Bachelor’s degree or undergraduate coursework in biology, zoology, psychology or a related science is preferred.

Open water SCUBA certification required

Able to apply basic knowledge of marine mammal biology, and basic operant conditioning concepts to an Aquarium setting.

Basic understanding of marine mammal natural history.

Ability to learn about basic marine mammal husbandry and training techniques.

Familiarity with computers is necessary; especially MS Office software.

Ability to take direction and follow instructions

Capacity to absorb feedback from training staff and/or director in order to meet developmental goals.

Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.

Able to communicate effectively with the visitors, and staff. Work in a teamwork environment. Able to meet assigned goals on time.

Must interact with other staff members in a professional manner with an emphasis on teamwork.

The National Aquarium is committed to diversity and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture, experience and ideas to apply.

About The National Aquarium

Recently named one of Baltimore’s Best Places to Work, the National Aquarium opened in 1981 as a non-profit aquatic education and conservation organization, the jewel of the city’s Inner Harbour redevelopment. Smart CEO Magazine honoured the National Aquarium with the Healthiest Workplace award and the Corporate Culture award in 2016. With a mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures, the Aquarium is consistently ranked one of the nation’s two top aquariums and has hosted over 51 million guests since opening.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on a 37-year history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting marine life, ecosystems and aquatic communities. Its Animal Rescue team has rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Its Animal Care and Welfare teams participate in important research efforts to confront pressing ocean conservation issues and advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

HOW TO APPLY Interested and engaged applicants should apply through our website Requests for reasonable accommodation can be made by e-mailing

Seniority Level

Entry level


Non-profit Organisation Management Hospital & Health Care Hospitality

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Wildlife Biologist, Marine Mammals Management – Alaska

Company Name U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Company Location Anchorage, AK, US

Agency US Fish and Wildlife Service Location Anchorage, AK Job Category Full time Positions Salary GS 11/12Last Date to Apply05/01/2019Websitehttp://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.govDescriptionThe U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska Region is currently advertising for Fish and Wildlife Biologist / Wildlife Biologist GS click apply positions in the Marine Mammals Management Program. We are currently advertising for a biologist within the Polar Bear program. The successful applicant will work with a team of dedicated professionals to better understand the status of the polar bear. This exciting position will include biological field investigations on the polar bear, working with State and local agencies, Alaska Native organizations and communities, and other stakeholders representing a broad cross-section of interests to further the Service’s management effort of this important Arctic species. As part of the polar bear team you will also be developing and reviewing biological study proposals and survey designs and analysing the results of research. We are also currently advertising for a biologist within the Regulatory program. The successful applicant will work with a team of dedicated professionals to implement portions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act for the conservation and management of polar bears, northern sea otters, and Pacific walruses in Alaska. This position will include working with the oil and gas industry, State and local agencies, Alaska Native organizations and communities, and other stakeholders representing a broad cross-section of interests. We seek candidates with strong writing and analytical skills and the desire to work in a fast paced, interdisciplinary environment. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. For further information please see the announcements at: R click apply AV DE R click apply AV MP If for some reason, the link doesn’t work, you can find the announcement by going to and searching for the job announcement numbers. Qualifications See USA Jobs posting for full list of qualifications Contact

Person Christopher Putnam

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Non-profit Organisation Management Environmental Services Government Administration

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Job Functions

Research Analyst




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