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Zoological Specialist, Assoc. at SeaWorld Parks

Zoological Specialist, Assoc.

SeaWorld Parks Tampa, FL (Onsite) Full-Time
Busch Gardens is a place of thrills, fun and positive, lasting memories. And that's just what its like to work here! As a key member of our team, you'll play a major role in bringing happiness and excitement to people from around the world. If you're dedicated, dependable and driven to deliver exceptional guest service, this is a place for you!

What you get to do:

As a Zoological Specialist, you'll:

* Work in a team environment and interact with others in a professional manner
* Train & maintain behaviors in both protected & free contact environments.
* Actively participates in the progression of animal training goals and standards.
* Develops behavior to facilitate public programs & management.
* Train behavior to completion under minimal supervision.
* Assist with the development and implementation of dynamic animal training projects and programs that serve to enhance animal care, animal management, & guest experience.
* Perform primary & secondary speaking roles in daily presentations, educational tours, & large-scale special event shows.
* Must be comfortable speaking to both large & small audiences. Public speaking is required.
* Provide physical stimulation and mental challenges for our animals as a member of our elite team of professionals
* Provide for animals' best welfare with attention to animal behavior and training, habitat upkeep, cleaning, and nutrition
* Ensure excellent guest experience by interacting with guests and participating in guest- focused presentations
* Daily cleaning and maintenance of animal habitats and state-of-the-art husbandry facilities
* Animal Care and welfare of a variety of species including large and potentially dangerous animals
* Husbandry training for animal management program procedures and working side by side with the staff vet team when needed
* Daily record keeping including ability to learn our new electronic record keeping program (TRACKS)
* Perform other duties as assigned

What it takes to succeed:

* A positive, team-minded attitude and desire to give/receive constructive criticism
* Strong communication skills (written and verbal) allowing for efficient communication with teammates and management
* Excellent observational skills
* A strong work ethic with the ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities appropriately
* The flexibility required to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
* The desire to promote conservation messages to a varied audience
* A fluent understanding of fundamental & advanced concepts of positive reinforcement driven animal training principles.
* Ability to successfully apply fundamental & advanced positive reinforcement driven principles in a fast-paced environment.

What else is important:

* At least 18 years of age
* College degree in Zoology, Biology, or related field preferred
* Experience and skill in operant conditioning using positive reinforcement techniques preferred
* Robust communication skills to include public speaking and guest relations, as well as efficient communication with team members
* Previous public speaking experience in demonstrations or presentations preferred
* Hard-working, decisive, and able to handle multiple responsibilities
* Team-oriented and flexible, with a positive attitude and the ability and desire to work in a dynamic, stimulating environment
* Self-disciplined, self-reliant, and able to follow all safety guidelines
* SCUBA certification preferred
* Able to work at least 40 hours a week, and with a flexible schedule to include evenings, weekends and holidays and occasional overnights
* Able to operate light and possibly heavy equipment including tractors, skid-steers, mowers, weed eaters, and other landscape equipment
* Communicate professionally and effectively with ambassadors and guests
* Able to lift, push, pull and/or carry up to 50 lbs. on an occasional basis
* Position engages in extensive walking and standing throughout entire work shift and climb/ascend heights if needed
* Able to work indoors and outdoors, in varying Florida weather, to include extreme heat. Position may be exposed to fumes, dust, odors, and cold/heat temperature extremes
* Perform the following physical activities: kneeling, squatting, bend floor-to waist/waist-to-overhead, reach overhead, simple grasp and fine hand manipulation tasks (use of tools/keyboard/writing)
* Perform all cleaning duties, including use of cleaning chemicals
* Flexible in work locations as placement will depend on business needs and career development opportunities
* Work a flexible schedule/hour based on business need, to include opening, mid-, and closing shifts, nights, weekends, and holidays
* Must attach resume to be considered for this role

The perks of the position:

* Paid Time Off
* Complimentary Park Tickets and Passes
* Park Discounts on Food and Merchandise
* Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
* 401K Retirement plan
* Voluntary Insurance
* Life Insurance
* Disability Benefits
* Tuition Reimbursement
* Dependent and Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
* Employee Assistance Program
* Legal Assistance Plan

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