Biologist - Trainer 1
Job Details
St Louis Aquarium at Union Station - St. Louis, MO

Position:  Biologist Trainer 1

Department:  Life Sciences

We are currently looking for an energetic and dynamic Biologist Trainer 1 to join our team.  This role will be responsible for the day-to-day husbandry and wellbeing of the ambassador animals within the Aquarium, with a specific focus on operant conditioning.

As a Biologist Trainer 1, you will be responsible for using operant conditioning to facilitate guest engagement opportunities through public presentations with the facility’s wide variety of animals. 

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Undertake daily operations to ensure highest level of safety, courtesy, education, efficiency, and operational readiness at all times.
  • Train animal behavior and provide enrichment activities.
  • Public presentations and interactive programs consistent with the facility’s philosophy and procedures.
  • Maintain positive representation to professional agencies and institutions.
  • Compliance with health and safety standards in accordance with local municipality, state and federal rules and regulations.
  • Provide animal care and ensure habitats meet compliance of facility specific policies and procedures.
  • Maintain up-to-date electronic records on animal health, training sessions, enrichment, water quality, system maintenance, and system checks, as necessary.
  • Monitor, identify, and communicate any animal health concerns.
  • In collaboration with Guest Experience Department and the Aquarium Foundation, ensure habitats and programs engage, educate, and entertain diverse audiences.
  • Work closely with the Aquarium Foundation to ensure volunteers and educators provide exemplary guest service and engagement.
  • Perform daily dive requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Experience

  • Full-time, paid experience in zoological animal husbandry with emphasis on operant conditioning, educational presentations, and interpretive guest engagement.
  • SCUBA Diver certification required.
  • First Aid, Emergency O2, and CPR/AED certifications required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline required.
  • Competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.