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Job Shadow: Mammalogist

Want to be an animal trainer when you grow up?

Do you need to shadow a marine biologist for a school assignment or are you just interested in what a job in the field of animal care is like?

The Job Shadow series of programs at the Aquarium is perfect for either. We have four unique 3-hour programs that are sure to give you the inside scoop on a career in marine biology. Take the entire series, one is typically offered the first Wednesday and Saturday of every month.


This Job Shadow program takes a closer look at the fascinating and competitive field of marine mammal training. During this 3-hour program participants will:

  • Hear from our marine mammal staff what it takes to do their jobs
  • Learn some of the common hand signals our trainers use while training our mammals
  • Visit various behind-the-scenes locations
  • Feed the sea otters behind-the-scenes*

Other activities may include:

  • Observe sea otters on exhibit while looking for discrete otter behaviors
  • Observe a seal and sea lion feed
  • Prepare food for the seals and sea lions
  • Meet some of the program animals our mammalogists also train
  • Practice training using positive reinforcement techniques on a classmate

*The Aquarium reserves the right to change the animal interactions without notice due to animal safety, exhibit maintenance, or animal health reasons.

Participants must wear closed-toe shoes for behind the scenes access!

Job Shadow: Mammalogist
Event Information

Cost $39.00 per student
$35.00 for Aquarium members
Aquarium admission not included
Tickets Purchase your tickets for Job Shadow here. Please select the correct date from the calendar to book the correct program.
Members, please call to purchase your discounted tickets.
Ages Ages 13-17
RSVP (562) 951-1630. Pre-registration and pre-payment required on all experiences unless noted. Cancellations made 72 hours before the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations made less than 72 hours before a program will still be charged the full program price.