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Mammalogist III

Full Time, Eligible For Benefits

The Mammalogist III is responsible for the care and behavioral management of assigned animals in the Aquarium’s collection and for assisting the Curator/Assistant Curator in the mentoring and training of the bird and mammal staff. Under the direction of husbandry management, the individual coordinates, trains, and may assist in the recruitment of staff in addition to providing daily care, handling, feeding, cleaning and exhibit maintenance. The individual is expected to act as a positive role model to other staff members and must carry an in-depth expertise of natural history, husbandry, and behavioral management of animals.

The Mammalogist III Responsibilities:

  • Provides the highest possible quality of care to the animals
  • Observes and recognizes medical conditions that may require treatment. Promptly reports those conditions to the Curator or Asst. Curator. Coordinates care and treatment with the Veterinary Staff
  • Prepares food and feeds the animals planned diets. Works with management to determine appropriate base levels and make adjustments as needed
  • Assists the management in coordinating activities and communicating changes in policies and practices with other staff working with the animal collection
  • Performs animal encounters to VIPs and special guests when required
  • Works with management to implement the behavioral management plan of the animal collection by developing training stategies and long-term training plans. Instructs and communicates to other staff those strategies and techniques to ensure consistency
  • Under the direction of management, oversees the selection, training, and work of volunteers and interns assigned to work with animal collection
  • Routinely performs in public presentations and animal behavioral demonstrations
  • Works with management to plan and coordinate yearly physicals and exhibit maintenance/upgrade projects
  • Maintains all records pertaining to the Aquarium’s collection of marine mammals
  • Ensures the proper care of life support equipment by adhering to a regular preventative maintenance schedule and by keeping all items clean and in good working order
  • Promptly reports all non-functional life support equipment to the Curator, Asst. Curator or Facilities Supervisor for immediate repairs
  • Works closely with Life Support staff to maintain proper water and air quality (temperature, pH, chlorine, ORP levels, etc.) to ensure the health of the animals and high water clarity
  • Performs diving operations to support cleaning of exhibits. Diving may require advanced training with special equipment, such as dry suits or full face regulators.
  • Maintains a clean and organized area to facilitate a presentable and safe environment for work and behind the scenes tours
  • May occasionally provide interviews to the media under the direction of Public Relations
  • Assists management in recruitment, training, and development of staff
  • Adheres to all established safety protocols (fire, OSHA, diving, etc.) and reports unsafe conditions to the area Curator Asst. Curator, or Safety Officer to be remedied
  • Serves as the Aquarium liaison to the USDA-APHIS, in the absence of the Curator/Asst. Curator
  • Tracks behavioral and physiological changes of collection throughout the year


  • Bachelors degree in Biology or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible experience as an animal keeper/trainer (paid) in a zoological facility
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • SCUBA certification from a nationally recognized agency
  • Must possess demonstrated proficiency in the training, capture, handling, transfer, and transportation of marine mammals in exhibits and holding facilities
  • Must possess demonstrated knowledge of necessary safety measures (relating to animals and exhibits) required when working in and around sea otters, pinnipeds, and other animals
  • Possess experience and skill in public speaking and media relations
  • Successfully trained multiple husbandry and enrichment behaviors incorporating all necessary steps from determining criteria to completion – which includes the ability of other staff members to be able to perform the behavior freely

Knowledge and Skills

  • Maintain a high level of knowledge and expertise of the operation and theory of all life support systems
  • Presents workshops, seminars, lectures, member programs, behind the scenes tours and other interactions with guests and staff
  • Higher understanding of animal care practices, such as training , quarantine, exhibit maintenance, and animal handling
  • Proficient in public speaking
  • Increased proficiency in general animal husbandry with collection of animals
  • Ability to organize and lead a team, area, or project
  • Animal transport regulations and breeding experience
  • Cross-trained to work in any of the mammal and bird areas, with the ability to fully cover a shift

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-75lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
  • Ability to swim, SCUBA certification in dive aquarium habitats or open ocean
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to respond to unpredictable marine mammals
  • Exposure to injury from animals
  • Food preparation with fish and shellfish
  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Elevated platforms
  • Use of special auditory, visual, and personal protective equipment
  • Exposed to working with bio-hazards
  • Use of hand tools, machinery and company vehicles
  • Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments

Interested & Qualified?

If you meet the requirements of this position, please click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required for all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Hire Select:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the online assessment(s).

    Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.