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Animal Care Specialist 3 $22.00/HR-$26.00/HR (Marine Mammal)

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
Mare Island, California, US
Closing date
Jun 11, 2023

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Availability: Must have 5 days of unrestricted availability to include weekends, holiday, mornings, and late nights

Hours: 40 hours per week.

Basic Job functions:
  • Enthusiastically represents SFDK by displaying a positive attitude, high level of energy and commitment to quality throughout all aspects of the job
  • Responsible for the care, training, husbandry, and enrichment of all animals in an assigned area
  • Focus is customer service, animal husbandry, training, enrichment, reproduction, medical assistance, transports and facility maintenance

Principle Duties:
  • Prepares daily rations, feeds animals, and stores food according to schedule
  • Cleans and sanitizes animal enclosures, food preparation, storage areas, and office spaces
  • Administers medications as prescribed by veterinarians (orally or injectable)
  • Closely monitors and records animal's behavior and notifies staff of potential health and social challenges, and assist veterinarians with examinations, treatments, surgery, emergency care and necropsies
  • Effectively and efficiently communicates in a professional manner to staff of all levels
  • Demonstrates and applies advanced operant conditioning animal training techniques without supervision of Supervisor
  • Interpret advanced animal behavior and make decisions appropriately
  • Perform in shows as well as conduct educational lectures and/or animal interactions and tours as assigned
  • SCUBA dive in exhibits as required
  • Under the direction of management, develop and conduct research projects with the assistance of other team members
  • Collects and labels blood, urine, fecal and other diagnostic samples as directed by veterinary staff
  • Recognize and react quickly and reliably to unfavorable behavior and aid staff in development of above skill set
  • Provides support on organizing and carrying out capture and restraint (voluntary or un-voluntary) and rehabilitation operation for animals in the assigned area with veterinarian and management's assistance as well as assist in emergency situations
  • Assists in the restraint of animals, administers fluids and assisted feedings, and participates in emergency situations
  • Responsible for the daily operations in area assigned
  • Development of less experienced personnel
  • Assists in the operation of heavy equipment such as trucks, forklifts, and palate jack
  • Provide animal enrichment and husbandry training as well as mentor junior staff
  • Maintain, recognize, and renovate facilities and equipment up to USDA standards
  • Ability to perform basic trainer duties assisting other animal areas in the park as needed
  • Plan and carry out special projects and staff training in husbandry techniques, animal identification and safety
  • Maintains area equipment such as tools and equipment such as scuba gear, transport units, squeeze cage, electric carts and more
  • Supports and aides in implementation of modifications to presentations and guest interactions
  • Properly handles, uses, and stores all chemicals in accordance with SFDK policy
  • Represents SFDK in a well-informed, positive manner before other zoological facilities, professional and educational organizations, the media, and federal and state agencies.
  • Ensure excellence in guest service by responding promptly to customer requirements, expectations and special needs
  • Practices safe work habits
  • Performs other duties as requested/assigned.

Required Skills, Knowledge, Education, and Training:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be SCUBA, CPR and First Aid certified.
  • Must have Bachelor's degree in biology, psychology, zoology or related field preferred or equivalent of 8 years of relevant experience
  • Must have at least two years experience as an Animal Care Specialist III or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 5-year paid, full time experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species
  • Minimum of 2-year experience at Animal Care Specialist 2 level
  • Must have valid California driver's license
  • Must have strong written/verbal communication skills, able to speak effective before large groups.
  • Must be able to lift and/or move 50 pounds
  • SCUBA certified and strong swimming skills (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to read, write and speak English and be proficient in MS office applications
  • Must be willing and able to work both indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Must possess quick reflexes and be able to react quickly to changing animal situations
  • Must possess the mental and physical capacities necessary to perform the primary job duties
  • Must be willing and able to work in and around cold saltwater (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to demonstrate an annual swim competency (in an open water area only)
  • Must be able to work with chemicals and adhere to the MDS and company standards
  • Must have a basic understanding of water chemistry (in an open water area only)

Preferred Qualifications and Expertise
  • Higher understanding and application of operant conditioning techniques with marine species
  • Animal transports
  • Interactive and public programming
  • Experience handling and training of pinnipeds and cetaceans
  • Show experience

Safety Sensitive Position

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