How Much Does a Dolphin Trainer Get Paid?

In a 2011 report by Dana Severson on an overview of trainer’s salaries, animal trainers earned an average of $30,510 a year, this was taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Salaries can be higher or lower than this average but this average is an indication of a trainer’s earnings.

A previous 2007 survey conducted by the Dolphin Research Center found that salaries for dolphin trainers vary from facility to facility, but the average was between $18,000 and $20,000 a year. After eight to twelve years of experience, salaries increased to a range of $25,000 to $40,000 annually.

As with any job, your choice of employer can affect salaries, and dolphin trainers are no exception. For example, a dolphin trainer at Sea World can make $40,000 to $60,000 a year, says Mary Sears, a dolphin trainer at Sea World’s Dolphin Interaction program, on the California Travel Expert website.

SimplyHired.com listed the average salary for marine trainers as $45,000 in 2011, though this is generally considered on the high end of the marine mammal trainer salary range.

My view

It is important you to bear in mind, that trainer’s salary also reflect the cost of living in each particular country. Those working in a foreign country as a necessity, need a return ticket to their own country and a place to stay as minimum.

Money is not the only consideration, it is very important that you are able to develop in your role, so that you can give the best of your qualities, to the facility. So that YOU can make a positive difference you need to be in a positive and comfortable environment. You can deliver tasks of a higher quality, with a greater level of communication and positivity amongst colleagues. Management support and appreciation will play an important role on your input and results and how motivated you are for the work you do after each strenuous-working day, whatever salary you are paid.

Do not forget…what you put in is what you will get back…

Whatever your responsibilities are, make sure you give the best of you to the animals when you are fully engaged with them, your state of mind will reflect on them, especially because some can sense your emotions and the right thoughts and emotions, ultimately will avoid future difficulties.

 

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Marine Animal Trainer

Part-Time

Sea World, Main Beach, Gold Coast, AU

About The Role

You will provide a level of care, enrichment and husbandry to ensure appropriate welfare and standards are maintained for the relevant animal collection. You will train and share responsibility for presenting our mammal and birds in our live shows, keeper talks and interactive programs. You will be required to pass relevant audition criteria including swimming, training knowledge test and speaking on a microphone. Some weekend work will be required.

Duties

Undertake animal husbandry and exhibit maintenance tasks for animals and exhibits in assigned area

Develop an understanding of animal training and conditioning techniques

Assist with organisation and planning of feeding schedules and training of animal behaviors

Provide the general public with correct information about our animals

Skills And Experience

Knowledge of operant conditioning

Bachelor of Science degree or Certificate III in Captive Animal Management is required

Experience in public speaking

Manual car drivers license

Available to work on any day including weekends

Benefits

Unlimited free entry to our theme parks

Food and beverage and retail discounts

Unique team member events

Opportunity for professional development

About The Company

Village Roadshow Theme Parks comprises of Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ’n’ Wild Gold Coast, Paradise Country, Australian Outback Spectacular, Village Roadshow Studios, Sea World and Sea World Resort. We encourage a fun, entertaining and enthusiastic environment!

Seniority Level

Entry level

Industry

Food & Beverages Entertainment Hospitality

Employment Type

Part-time

 

 

Marine Mammal Rescue

Job description

The Rescue and Response team at The Marine Mammal Center is seeking applicants for their Monterey Bay Operations Rescue and Response Internship working primarily with stranded pinnipeds, as well as occasional cetaceans and sea otters. The Rescue and Response Internship is an exciting opportunity for individuals who are interested in increasing their experience and knowledge of marine mammals and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Program Opportunities

Gain valuable professional development experience while learning the rescue and response operations for one of the leading marine mammal hospitals

Work in an organization dedicated to veterinary medicine, research, and ocean conservation

Learn marine mammal rescue and triage while gaining husbandry experience working with the seal and sea lion patients

Attend training classes, learning more about rescue and response methods as well as the rehabilitation care for pinnipeds

Develop interpersonal and team leadership skills working with individuals from diverse backgrounds

Intern Schedule

This internship runs from mid-December or January through mid-March or April (dates are flexible). Interns must be able to work for a minimum of 3 months, 5 days a week, at least 40 hours per week. Work schedule must be flexible and may include weekends and holidays.

Additional Logistics

This is an unpaid internship and interns are responsible for their own housing accommodations and transportation. Unfortunately, we are unable to host international applicants at this time.

Responsibilities

Intern Qualifications:

All applicants must be 21 years of age or older, with an avid interest in marine biology, zoology, general biology, policy or a related field.

Interns are required to pass a background check and a motor vehicle check prior to acceptance into the internship.

Applicants should demonstrate excellent communication skills and have practical computer knowledge with programs such as Word, Access, and Excel.

This internship position involves a fair amount of physical activity, such as lifting, restraining and moving animals.

If the intern intends to receive university credit for their internship, they are responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institution.

Requirements

Answer and triage the animal rescue hotline

Coordinate rescue and triage responses throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

Participate in marine mammal rescues, releases and other field responses

Maintain rescue equipment

Join teams of volunteers to provide triage care for rescued seals and sea lions

Support data entry and tracking of the pinniped patients

Other projects as assigned

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply following the link below. The deadline to apply is October 27, 2017.

https://tmmc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0fuqo

 

 

Assoc. Curator, Mammals & Birds

Company Name Georgia Aquarium  Company LocationAtlanta, GA, US

Job description

Requisition Number 17-0079 Post Date 10/3/2017 Title Assoc. Curator, Mammals & Birds City Atlanta State GA Description Position Summary

Coordinates operational activities related to Mammal & Bird shows and animal programs as directed by the Curator, Animal Training-Mammals & Birds. Develops, implements and oversees appropriate standard operating procedures; insures compliance with requirements of various professional associations and regulatory agencies; works toward further advancing Mammal & Bird husbandry, programming, and display; develops, maintains and drives animal training and environmental enrichment programs; facilitates professional staff development; supervises Mammal & Bird personnel, as well as elements of Mammal & Bird operations. Works with assigned staff in developing and achieving animal care and training goals that promote the mission and vision of Georgia Aquarium and coincide with professional associations and accreditations. Works with other departments in the evaluation and development of enhanced guest experience, performance, interactive, and public relations opportunities.

Requirements Responsibilities

Works with leadership of Animal Training, Mammals & Birds to develop, institute, lead and facilitate animal training goals and standards.

Works with fellow leaders and their respective teams on the development and implementation of dynamic animal training projects and programs that served to enhance animal care, animal management, guest experience, and Aquarium public relations.

Monitors and directs day-to-day Mammal & Bird related animal care and operations.

Provides excellent care and wellbeing of all animals assigned to the Mammal & Bird section.

Assists the supervision of personnel matters within the Mammal & Bird section of Zoological

Operations department.

Assigns and checks work, establishes schedules, sets deadlines, and delegates authority within the operational framework of the Mammal & Bird section.

Assists the setting of performance standards for staff.

Assists the preparation of annual performance evaluations. Makes personnel related recommendations to Curator and Director, Animal Training-Mammals & Birds.

Trains Mammal & Bird personnel in all aspects of their assigned tasks, and conducts or arranges for training as necessary to carry out the Section’s objectives.

Constantly evaluates and improves show performance, exhibit enhancements, behavioral management techniques, and animal enrichment procedures.

Works with Curator in maintaining exhibits and related facilities and collections in a manner stimulating and factual to Georgia Aquarium guests.

Cross trains with other zoological management to provide efficient supervisory coverage of other department sections when necessary.

Assists senior zoological management with preparing the Mammal & Bird component of the annual budget. Monitors expenditures to ensure budget compliance.

Assists the acquisition, display, care, performance, and maintenance of all specimens required for the Mammal & Bird section.

Coordinates and supervises animal handling for medical care and transport.

Assists the coordination of Mammal & Bird team record keeping, filing, and diet planning.

Assists the coordination of the development of Mammal & Bird section animal care programs and protocols consistent with current industry standards for animal care and use.

Ensures all Mammal & Bird personnel are properly trained and equipped for their assigned tasks, and conducts or arranges for training as necessary to carry out the section’s objectives.

Work with the Zoological Operations management team to maintain the highest quality staff, programs, and exhibits, programs, and shows.

Interface effectively with other departments to maintain the highest quality standards and promote guest experience.

As needed, interact on behalf of the Georgia Aquarium with guests, media, general public, etc.

Fosters working relationships with other institutions.

Implements dive safety guidelines established by the dive safety officer.

To perform other duties as workload necessitates.

Qualifications

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.

Eight years of work experience in an AZA accredited institution, or equivalent, working with aquatic mammals in a variety of programs (show, interaction, etc), with demonstrated experience in the care, training, and management of marine mammals, and knowledge of marine mammal transport and regulatory requirements.

Extensive background in animal training.

Experience in show performance and public programs preferred.

Working knowledge of life support operation and water quality control for maintaining marine mammals.

Supervisory experience preferred.

Strong team skills.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Valid State of Georgia driver’s license, or the ability to obtain one.

Valid passport, or the ability to obtain one.

Proficiency with Personal Computer (P.C.) hardware and contemporary software including Microsoft Office Products.

SCUBA certification.

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.

 

 

 

Marine Mammal Veterinarian

Company Name National Marine Mammal Foundation  Company LocationSan Diego, CA, US

Job description

Position Overview

The National Marine Mammal Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California, has a job opening for a full-time marine mammal veterinarian. The primary responsibilities of the veterinarian would be in direct support of the US Navy Marine Mammal Program, to include clinical case management of the Navy’s collection of bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions.

NMMF’s clinical veterinary team includes a veterinary epidemiologist, and has access to veterinary and human consultants in anesthesia, surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, urology, infectious disease, radiology, and interventional radiology. This position would be based primarily in San Diego, but could travel up to 10 weeks a year offering veterinary support for satellite facilities and marine mammal deployments. Evening, weekend, and holiday on-call responsibilities are shared with the other San Diego clinical veterinarians.

Primary Responsibilities

Implementing the Navy’s preventive medicine program

Performing routine health assessments to include biological sampling and diagnostic imaging

Providing supportive care and critical care for ill animals

Offering field medical support for national and international marine mammal system deployments

Training and mentoring incoming veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and animal care specialists on marine mammal medicine

Supporting and/or leading clinical research projects

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of an AVMA accredited veterinary college or ECFVG certified institution and have a valid U.S. license.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have the ability to obtain a secret clearance.

Preference will be given to applicants that have a minimum of 5 years of experience in marine mammal medicine and to those with a research background, including research project management and scientific publications.

Personal Requirements

Maintain high ethical standards in personnel safety and animal care.

Display a strong commitment to collaboration and teamwork.

Demonstrate strong communication and conflict resolution skills.

Convey a professional image and positive attitude regarding the NMMF, the US military, and the nonprofit sector.

Offer flexibility to adapt to an evolving work environment and changing weather conditions.

Embrace a flexible work schedule to include work hours on holidays, weekends, and after hours as needed.

The position will be open until filled.

 

Part Time Conservation Assistant

Company Name: Ocean Park Corporation  Company LocationHong Kong, HK

Job description

Responsibilities

The incumbent will support the regular marine mammal stranding programme, horseshoe crab rearing programme, community education and fundraising campaigns and other duties as assigned.

Requirement

Degree in Ecology, Biology, Environmental science or related discipline

Ability to conduct field work and arrange field logistics independently

Good presentation and interpretation of conservation or environmental knowledge

 

 

 

 

Investment Opportunity

We are pleased to present the Tourist Project “La Hispaniola Park” exclusive theme park that has no similar in the Dominican Republic.
Located in Juan Dolio-Guayacanes, area with special features that is projected as one of the most important tourist poles that have the country, with a rapid development in the hotel sector, rise apartments and condominiums he promises in the next three years to reach have a movement of 300,000 foreign tourists per year, and all domestic tourism which is housed in the houses and apartments is estimated at about 50,000 people annually.
The park fills the large gap that has always had Juan Dolio-Guayacanes, extra hotel activities for that great tourist population.
In our feasibility study this increase was not included, it was more conservative. Our areas of taxation of tourists, as expressed in detail in the study, are with other surrounding areas.
That is why “La Hispaniola Park” today has a secure future as a successful project.
The project design has been conceived using the most modern materials such facilities always adapting to the impact on the environment, complying to detail national and international standards for such installations.
We have specialized professionals in the field, with vast experience in the management of the species that have for display and interaction, as well as all manuals and bibliographies necessary for proper application thereof.
The total cost is around $ 14,000,000 US dollars when completed and put into operation. The current investment is set to $ 11,000,000 US dollars. The payback is estimated at five years after commissioning.
The runtime is scheduled in 18 months.
We have all the permissions set by the country’s laws and licenses.
We are ready to start. We are looking forward to your participation.

 

Free job Posting

Vacancies that arise in positions that are both paid or voluntary, intern, animal care, animal hospital experience, assistant trainer, senior trainer, supervisor trainer or related to the marine mammal field can be advertised through our website.

Any enquiries will be dealt with confidence and no charge is applicable.

Need trainers for your facility?

Send the details to viadolphin@hotmail.co.uk  and we will post them.

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There are different types of opportunities out there, which can put you on the right path, here are some ideas for you to bear in mind.

Deciding on what you think you like is not easy, I have put some courses here for you to check and see if any of these are the right choice for you.

These are short courses that will help to identify if this is the right thing for you and you can also make choices of what career is the suitable one.

They offer theory and practical training, you will receive a diploma on the course.

If you would like to have more information, do not hesitate to contact me.

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Marine Biology Diploma Course

The Marine Biology Diploma Course is specifically designed for those interested in working or volunteering in the many different areas of marine biology.

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Marine Zoology Diploma Course

This Marine Zoology Diploma Course is perfect for anyone with an interest in marine life and is great preparation for anyone wishing to pursue a future career in marine zoology.

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Marine Animal Rescue Diploma Course

The Marine Animal Rescue Diploma course was designed for anyone wanting to work with marine animals or are already involved in their rescue, rehabilitation, and care.

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Marine Research Station Practical Placement

This is a 3 weeks practical placement where volunteers work in a marine research station that involves the local village boatmen conducting daily surveys, to better understand problems and help empower them to protect their own islands. This placement includes a PADI Open Water Course.

Source: www.animaljobsdirect.com

 

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A DOLPHIN TRAINER?

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A DOLPHIN TRAINER?

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If you think you have it, then there are some things you should know.

Many of you have the passion, but you have been told, that you need to have a degree or any number of courses to become a dolphin trainer. If anybody told you that, don`t let it stop you!

In my opinion many persons even with degrees, who try very hard, are not successful. Sometimes the job is too hard, because they cannot deal with the high level of customer service skill that is required. They may not have the stamina or the charisma, which is so important for the job and worse of all, they cannot make a connection with the animals! Don’t get disheartened and do not give up so easily. I know it`s very hard to find all these characteristics in one person, but believe me, there are many people out there who come pretty close and don`t forget, if you are open minded, then you are trainable…ha-ha.

I will acknowledge a degree is commendable, we all know the importance of having a good educational background, but consider the following; what if you study for three or four years, only find out after you have invested so much effort, that this is not the job for you? Better to try out the type of career, with hands on experience.

I believe the best way to find out is, take a part time job, work experience, perhaps take a gap year before you start your studies and give it a try.  You will soon find out if it is for you or not. If this is really your passion, if you really want to be a dolphin trainer, you should be sure before you commit to it. Remember striving for what you enjoy and really want, usually results in achieving it faster.

If you are still in doubt or are not sure about what to do, just write to me and I can help advise you with tips or experience that can help guide you.

 

 

 

SOS-SEN CHILDREN

Interacting with dolphins can have a tremendous impact, physically and emotional in humans; especially in children.

Taking advantage of the high level of reinforcement that these creature create, we take the opportunity to utilize those great benefits to help the less fortunate with learning disabilities.

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SOS- SEN children is an educational project designed to support and motivate Children with Special Education Needs (SEN) and at the same time enriching the environment for the animal supporting their well-being. Utilizing their natural playful nature, not performing tricks, we develop the best technique to modify behavior through positive training, benefiting both children and dolphins.

Welcome

This page is inspired by truly extraordinary marine mammals and the passion, effort, commitment and dedication of their trainers.

Our purpose is to bring together and reinforce those individuals who create the opportunity for working with marine mammals, whether you are thinking about opening a new business, or are a trainer, a veterinarian or an associated professional. We aim to help improve animal wellbeing and provide a positive environment for the animals, staff and of course customers.

We welcome those persons seeking technical advice, those wanting to share their experiences and those interested in gaining and developing more knowledge in the marine mammal field.