Job Postings

Marine Mammal Trainer


Dolphin Research Center

Closing Date
June 15, 2023

Ongoing, energetic individual, who is a “people-person” and enjoys working with the public, is needed as a Trainer for our Animal Care & Training department. Applicants with all levels of experience considered. Salary and title based on experience.

Position responsibilities will vary based on the individual candidate’s experience and skill level, but will include:

Daily diets and vitamin preparation for the dolphins and sea lions.
Narrate daily educational public presentations with dolphins and sea lions.
Build relationships with dolphins, learning their personalities and responding to them as individuals.
Foundational free feeding and handling skills with dolphins.
Work with dolphins and guests in public intereactive programs.
Work in water with dolphins for medical assists, in a variety of positions including restraining dolphins.
The first 90 days of employment are the Orientation and Evaluation period. During this time, the staff member determines whether or not the position meets his/her expectations, and the supervisors determine whether or not the staff member possesses the knowledge, skills, and necessary competencies to perform satisfactorily, and if they are a fit with the team.

Education and Pre-requisites

The successful candidate will:

Be a flexible individual, able to think on their feet.
Have experience making connections with and building relationships with animals (and/or children).
Possess an outgoing personality.
Have a good, strong voice and the ability to speak in front of groups of people.
Be a “people-person” who enjoys working with the public.
Be a team player with excellent organization, problem solving, and communication skills.
Must be physically fit and be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds and pass a swim test.
Be confident, physically fit, and strong enough to help medically assist dolphins.
Prior experience with animal training may be beneficial but not required.

Compensation and benefits

DRC currently offers medical benefits, a 401(k) retirement plan, paid vacation, sick, as well as personal growth and training opportunities. DRC seeks to provide for the well being of its employees and our salaries combined with our generous benefits create a competitive total package that is right for our environment.

Application instructions

If you are interested, please send your resume and completed application by email to You may also mail them to Dolphin Research Center, Human Resources Director, 58901 Overseas Highway, Grassy Key, FL 33050