Senior Sea Lion Trainer


West Edmonton Mall


Marine Life

Closing Date

Jun 07, 2024

The Marine Life Senior Sea Lion Trainer is an experienced animal trainer, able to observe animal behavior and apply animal behavior modification techniques. This role maintains a sustainable environment for the sea lions and assists to create educational experiences for all Marine Life guests.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Demonstrating extensive knowledge on the feeding and husbandry requirements for California sea lions.
  • Maintaining, cleaning and disinfecting Sea Lion areas.
  • Organizing and overseeing the Sea Lion training operation.
  • Training, guiding, mentoring, and overseeing junior staff.
  • Showing extensive proficiency on the knowledge of Operant Conditioning Training techniques applied to sea lions.
  • Confidently managing different ages and stages of sea lion social groups.
  • Training complex behaviors with California sea lions and assisting in the development and maintenance of training programs to ensure industry guidelines and government regulations, policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • Training and mentoring staff presentations ensuring exceptional customer service while delivering an educational and conservational message about the facility and animals.
  • Maintaining the safety of all animals and animal care staff through health and safety policies and protocols for the day-to-day facility procedures.
  • Assisting with organizing and overseeing computer programs and record keeping.
  • Training staff in non-voluntary handling and behavior techniques (such as restraint, and unconditioned medical behaviors).
  • Assigning daily job tasks according to operational requirements.
  • Understanding California sea lion needs by monitoring health, collecting samples and ensuring mental and physical stimulation.
  • Assisting in managing and conducting a comprehensive nutritional program.
  • Other responsibilities as required.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Minimum 8 years of paid work experience in Animal Behavior Modification and Operant Conditioning applied to California sea lions, with focus on husbandry, socialization, and interactive programs.
  • Secondary school diploma or equivalent.
  • Thorough familiarization with operation of a CAZA or AZA facility, including knowledge and understanding of modern animal husbandry techniques.
  • Previous experience with public speaking, customer service experience and effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with the ability to easily learn different software programs.
  • Must be able to swim and rescue SCUBA diver level certification from an internationally recognized institution is desirable.
Terms of Employment:
  • This is a permanent, full-time position that requires flexible availability for days, weekends, and holidays. The wage for this position is $28.85 per hour. 
  • Must be able to speak and write in English.
  • This position works in a busy mall environment primarily at attractions and in a classroom setting.
  • This individual is required to interact successfully with guests and children of all ages.
  • The position requires some city traveling to deliver educational courses.
  • Must be able to carry 50lb.
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time.
  • Must be able to pass a basic security clearance.