The Animal Trainer performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of connecting people, wildlife and conservation and pursues green/conservation practices when feasible. Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of functions in the training, handling and care of exhibit animals used for public appearances and contact, such as educational programs, and performs related work as required. This position reports to a Supervisor or Manager.
An Animal Trainer performs a wide variety of moderately difficult tasks involved in preparing wild animals for public contact and presentations.
· Trains animals in new behaviors and reinforces trained behaviors
· Transports animals to exhibit or performances
· Assists handlers at performance
· Sets up props, stages or other performance areas
· Grooms animals for public appearance and health maintenance
· Controls animals to ensure public safety
· Prepares animal feed
· Feeds animals
· Administers prescribed medication and nutritional supplements
· Assists medical staff in treatment of assigned animals
· Keeps feeding, medication and other records regarding animal care
· Conducts special tours
· Makes informational presentations to the public
· Answers questions and provides information to the public regarding assigned animals
Gentles and trains a wide variety of exhibit animals so that they may be used in public appearances, sea lion shows, animal walk-around programs, wildlife workshops, school assemblies, etc
Observes assigned animals with regard to general appearance, health, feeding habits, etc.
Cleans and performs minor maintenance to animal compounds and exhibit areas
May operate light and medium duty motorized equipment, such as trucks, skiploaders, water trucks and forklifts
Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
Education, training and experience, which would clearly demonstrate the knowledge and skills outlined. An example would be two or more years experience as an animal handler at San Diego Zoo Global or a comparable organization; valid California driver license may be required.
Animal behavior modification
Care, feeding and handling of wild animals
Safety practices around wild animals
San Diego Zoo Global policies, procedures and regulations regarding the care, handling and training of exhibit animals
Train and control wild animals
Discriminate differences in animal vocalizations, and monitor animal behavior
Keep simple records
Communicate and work effectively with others
Deal tactfully and courteously with the others
Respond to cautions from co-workers
Monitor animal behavior and appearance
Operate motorized equipment and vehicles
Competently perform the essential functions outlined above
Frequent exposure to predictable and controllable hazards associated with close contact with a wide variety of exhibit animals, including large animals; exposure to varying weather conditions, dust, and allergens; handle hazardous materials; work in cramped or confined spaces.
This position has been identified as one requiring at least occasional lifting in excess of 50 pounds; frequently move moderate to heavy objects; standing, bending, squatting, twisting and reaching; work in uneven terrain and move around on slippery surfaces; may work from elevated positions.
ALL EMPLOYMENT CONTINGENT UPON PASSING A DRUG SCREEN.
SOME EMPLOYMENT CONTINGENT UPON PASSING PRE-PLACEMENT TESTING.