Marine Mammal Care & Training Associate

National Marine Mammal Foundation

National Marine Mammal Foundation

San Diego, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, March 18, 2023
The National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) has a mission to improve and protect life for marine mammals, humans, and our shared oceans through science, service, and education.

We achieve our mission through the following actions:

  • Support the Navy’s ability to provide exceptional care and training of their marine mammals
  • Conduct research that benefits the conservation and care of marine mammals and the health of humans
  • Collaborate with the nation’s top scientists and institutions to translate our research into applicable medicine and species conservation
  • Foster an environment that creatively, effectively, and positively shapes marine mammal medicine, research, training, and education
  • Develop education programs to share NMMF research discoveries and expertise
Our vision for the future is to revolutionize the way we think about marine mammals. By embracing the partnership created between human and marine mammal, we can create a sea change in our global approach to scientific exploration, ocean conservation, and public education.

Position Overview:

The NMMF is seeking a full-time Marine Mammal Assistant Trainer to support our dolphin and sea lion training and care efforts in support of the US Navy Marine Mammal Program in San Diego, California, USA. This job will be 40 hours a week. Benefits will be offered for this position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the training and care of dolphins and sea lions for the US Navy Marine Mammal Program.
  • May serve as a designated primary trainer for specific animals, capable of independently executing individual training plans.
  • Serve as a secondary trainer for multiple animals.
  • Responsible for all the support tasks essential to the world class level of training and care performed by the training staff at the NMMF. This includes, but is not limited to, diet preparation, administration of medications, and facility maintenance.
  • Responsible for the operation and maintenance of a variety of watercraft.
  • Serve as part of a dive team tasked with performing open water diving in support of the Navy Marine Mammal Program’s directives.
Eligibility Requirements:

  • Two (2) years college credit or more from an accredited learning institution.
  • A minimum of 1 year animal training experience OR 3 months of marine mammal care or training experience.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to obtain a secret security clearance.
  • Must be a United States citizen and be able to provide proof of citizenship.
  • Must have a current SCUBA certification. Preference will be given to applicants with advanced diving certifications and experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants that have occupational coxswain experience.
Personal Requirements:

  • Maintain high ethical standards in animal care and training, and a strong commitment to collaboration and teamwork.
  • Convey a professional image and positive attitude regarding the NMMF, the US military, and the nonprofit sector.
  • Offer flexibility to adapt to an evolving work environment and changing weather conditions.
  • Embrace a flexible work schedule to include coverage on holidays, weekends, and after-hours as needed.