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Zoological Specialist, Dolphin (Full-Time)

Sea World San Diego
San Diego

When applying for full time jobs with Sea World San Diego, consider the company's culture and values to ensure that they align with your personal and professional beliefs. The job posting for the Zoological Specialist, Dolphin (Full-Time) role was made available on July 10, 2024, and it will no longer be open after August 7, 2024. While this position is currently based in San Diego, the company may be open to considering candidates from other locations if they are the right fit. Not being exposed to the salary, you can negotiate based on the company's customer base and market share. The assigned work site for this position is located at San Diego , CA , San Diego , CA.

Sea World San Diego

Zoological Specialist, Dolphin (Full-Time)

Job Description

What you get to do:

You will maintain husbandry of dolphins including preparing food and feeding animals. This role will involve providing proper aquarium maintenance, such as algae removal, display diving, aquarium decorating, preventive maintenance, pump replacement, etc. You will:

  • Perform basic water quality testing, chemical additions, salt water make up, pH and temperature testing
  • Utilize knowledge of aquarium husbandry techniques, including taxonomy, record keeping, aquarium filtration, aquarium theory, and emergency procedures
  • Monitor aquarium health-related issues, including parasitic identification/treatment, and perform area quarantine procedures as needed
  • Assist with animal collecting and repairs to aquarium filtration systems
  • Answer guest questions concerning aquarium animals
  • Provide animal transports, in park and out of park
  • Follows proper park safety protocols and performs safety checks
  • Communicate professionally and effectively with Ambassadors, vendors and our guests
  • Perform other duties as assigned

What it takes to succeed:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma
  • Have 18 or more months of experience in a similar public aquarium setting
  • Knowledge of food preparation and feeding techniques
  • Bachelor’s degree in marine science or related field preferred
  • SCUBA certification
  • Valid driver’s License
  • Strong written/verbal communication skills; able to read, write and speak English.
  • Strong mathematical skills
  • Ability to speak to in public and engage with guest

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  • Able to lift, push, pull and/or carry up to 50 lbs.
  • Position engages in extensive walking and standing throughout entire work shift and climb/ascend heights, if needed
  • You will perform the following physical activities: kneeling, squatting, bend floor-to waist/waist-to-overhead, reach overhead, simple grasp and fine hand manipulation tasks (use of tools/keyboard/writing)
  • Able to work indoors and outdoors, in varying weather, to include extreme heat
  • Position may be exposed to fumes, dust, odors and cold/heat temperature extremes
  • Will perform cleaning duties; including use of cleaning chemicals
  • Will work flexible schedules/hours based on business needs, to include opening, mid-, and closing shifts; nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Flexible in work locations as placement will depend on business needs and career development opportunities

Compensation :

  • 16.85 - 25.00 per hour, contingent on professional zoological animal care experience at an AZA or equivalent facility

As a 365 day/year operation, candidates are expected to provide flexible availability to support year-round operating needs. This may include, but is not limited to, working opening, mid-day and closing shifts during peak and non-peak seasons, as well as weekends and holidays.

How to Apply

Sea World San Diego
500 Sea World Dr
San Diego, CA 92109

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