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Marine Mammal Apprentice Trainer - $17.00/HR - $18.00/HR


Six Flags Discovery Kingdom


Vallejo , California





Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepares daily rations, feeds animals, and stores food according to schedule Duties

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Must be SCUBA, CPR and First Aid certified.

  • Preferred Associate’s degree in biology, psychology, zoology or related field and/or equivalent of 1 year of relevant experience

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

  • 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


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 

If you are able to answer "YES" to all of the following questions, please continue the application process by clicking "Apply" 

  1. Can you provide legal documentation establishing your identity and eligibility to be legally employed in the United States? 

  2. Are you able to perform the essential functions of the job for which you are applying with or without reasonable accommodation? 

  3. Within the last 90 days, can you state that you have not used illegal or social drugs (excluding marijuana), such as MDMA (Molly), cocaine and crystal methamphetamine? 

  4. I am willing to agree that future text messages relating to Six Flags, Inc., including company news, job posting application status updates, and other information, may be sent on behalf of Six Flags, Inc. to the cell phone number I provide.