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Animal Care Specialist 1 - Marine Mammals $18.50/HR- $20.00/HR

PARK

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

LOCATION

Vallejo , California

JOB TYPE

Part-Time

CATEGORY

Operations

 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities 



  • Must have minimum of 4 days of unrestricted availability to include weekends, holidays, early mornings, and late nights

  • 30 hours per week minimum

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    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, facility maintenance, and general animal care

  • 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)

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    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 a understanding of operant conditioning animal training techniques and how to apply it for maintaining animal behavior with supervision of an ACS 2 or higher

  • Understand and learn how to interpret animal behavior and make decisions appropriately with the aid of ACS2 or higher

  • Perform in shows as well as conduct educational lectures and/or animal interactions and tours as assigned

  • SCUBA dive in exhibits as required

  • Collects and labels blood, urine, fecal and other diagnostic samples as directed by veterinary staff

  • Provides support on 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, fluids and assisted feedings, and participates in emergency situations

  • Responsible for the daily operations in area assigned

  • Provide animal enrichment and husbandry training maintenance with the animal collection

  • Maintain, recognize, and aid in the renovation of facilities and equipment up to USDA standards

  • Maintains area equipment such as tools and equipment such as scuba gear, transport units, squeeze cage, electric carts and more

  • Provides support in the implementation and/or 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.


Skills and Qualifications



  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must be SCUBA, CPR and First Aid certified.

  • Must have an Associate’s degree in biology, psychology, zoology or related field preferred or equivalent of 2 years of relevant experience

  • Minimum of 1-year paid, full time experience in the care, husbandry and training of a variety of marine mammal species

  • Minimum of 6 months experience as an Animal Care Intern

  • 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

  • Must possess 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



  • Understanding and application of operant conditioning techniques with marine species

  • Interactive and public programming

  • Experience handling and training of pinnipeds and cetaceans

  • Show experience