Zoological Specialist, Sr. - Dolphin FT

SeaWorld San Diego

Zoological Specialist, Sr. - Dolphin

At SeaWorld, we’re passionate about caring for animals. In fact, we’ve already rescued over 40,000 animals (and counting!). And we can save you from being stuck in just another job. Join us and help bring joy, excitement, and lasting memories to people from around the world. We’re seeking enthusiastic, dedicated and hard-working individuals in a wide variety of roles. Join us and play an important part on our incredible team!

As a Zoological Specialist, Sr. - Dolphin you will:
Perform daily husbandry tasks, including administering vitamins and medications as directed, preparing food, and maintaining a safe and sanitary working area for all animal habitats. You will also help ensure guest, personal, and animal safety through diligent observation and response to any and all behavioral precursors of potentially harmful behavior by both animals and people.

What you get to do:
  • Observe animals and report any abnormalities to supervisor and team
  • Maintain all animal records and equipment
  • Ensure working environment follows established guidelines and safety procedures
  • Consistently display consideration, tolerance, cooperation, open communication, and reliability
  • Support education and general public shows in order to develop speaking skills and stage presence
  • Proactively engage with guests and respond to guest inquiries
  • Help prepare educational aspects of shows
  • Serve as secondary animal person and safety spotter when needed
  • Act as primary trainer when approved and as directed by leadership
  • Work with animals on basic behavior and behavioral modification techniques under supervision
  • Represent company in public relations or media situations/events
  • Perform primary roles as assigned by area leadership
  • Engage in and execute all aspects of guest interaction programs
  • Work with animals using behavioral modification techniques as instructed
  • Train behavior to completion under minimal supervision
  • Deliver department seminars
  • Lead education and general public shows, and guest interaction programs
  • Be proficient in application of behavioral modification techniques used at SeaWorld. This includes developing and implementing new behavior; training naïve animals with minimum supervision; training behavior to completion without supervision; proactively maintaining conditioned behavior; and forming relationships with animals

What it takes to succeed:
  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma (College Degree Preferred)
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of animal training or animal husbandry experience in a marine mammal, zoological, or aviculture professional setting.
  • College background in psychology, zoology or biology preferred
  • Open Water SCUBA certified
  • Ability to pass pre-employment and post-employment swim tests and diving physicals
  • Familiar with the principles of Operant Conditioning, specifically the application of positive reinforcement training preferred
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Basic math abilities
  • Ability to frequently lift, pull, and push 50 pounds
  • Ability to stand, walk, and work for prolonged periods of time in extreme weather
  • Scheduling flexibility
  • Ability to attain CPR certification
  • Ability to complete all legal, company, and department training requirements
  • Preferred experience with Dolphins and or Whales

The perks of the position:
As part of the SeaWorld family, you’ll enjoy a fun, fast-paced environment and great teammates, as well as:
  • Paid Floating Holidays
  • Accrual based Paid Time Off
  • SEA Employee Complimentary Park Tickets and Passes
  • SEA Park Discounts on Food and Merchandise
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • 401K plan
  • Voluntary Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Benefits
  • Dependent and Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Legal Assistance Plan

Join the team!
If you’re looking for the opportunity to make the most of your abilities in a one-of-a-kind setting with an entertainment industry leader, we’re looking for you!

More Information

SeaWorld San Diego

San Diego, CA


Full Time Hourly


8/31/2022 11:59 PM ET