Animal Trainer – Full Time

Natural Encounters, Inc. has a full-time Animal Trainer position available for a career-minded and team-oriented individual who is passionate about training animals and their human caregivers. The person applying for this position should have significant bird and/or other animal training experience and be able to travel nationally and internationally.

Animal Trainer Job Description:

Responsible for working directly with NEI senior consultants and trainers to learn the skills necessary to teach zoological professionals the science of behavior-change principles and the application of positive reinforcement training techniques. Ultimately this position may evolve into leading consultation and animal-training projects at various facilities around the world.

Job Duties include:

  • Working closely with NEI consultants and trainers at projects that include teaching facility staff the art and science of best-practices animal training principles
  • Conducting presentations focused on animal training and educational program design, development, and presentation
  • Participating in the husbandry and training of animals at the NEI Training and Education Center and possibly at NEI’s shows at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and other locations
  • Assisting with administration of medications to collection animals
  • Communicating to supervisors and curator any concerns about animal health and welfare
  • Preparing and delivering diets for animals
  • Maintaining a clean and healthy environment for the animals in the collection as set forth by AZA and industry standards
  • Assisting as needed during health exams and procedures
  • Assisting in the design, development, and production of shows and educational programs
  • Participating in and perpetuating a positive, team-based atmosphere and upholding the NEI Code of Conduct
  • Performing other duties as assigned by management

Qualifications:

  • A good understanding of scientific behavior-change principals
  • A minimum of three (3) years of professional experience training a wide variety of animals at zoological or related facilities
  • Knowledge of natural history and species-specific behaviors of a wide variety of taxa
  • Observable skills in training a variety of animals as shown in a video submitted with application or during the 90-day probation period.
  • Excellent observational skills and sensitivity to animal behavior
  • Strong communication skills and ability to create trusting relationships with animals, including coworkers
  • Ability to thrive in a group setting with supportive feedback and quick application of constructive criticism
  • Flexibility in schedule and ability to travel on short notice for extended periods of time
  • Current driver’s license and passport within six months of employment
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in stressful situations
  • Ability to follow directions and apply constructive feedback

Education:

  • Highschool diploma or GED
  • 3+ years of animal training experience in an animal show environment or exhibit animal environment

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to adapt to changes in routines
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks on schedule
  • Ability to work some evenings, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to work in a warm, humid climate (90+ degrees)
  • Ability to work efficiently in a noisy and hectic environment
  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
  • Ability to stand and walk up to 8 hours or more per day
  • Ability to travel for several months at a time
  • Must be able to provide documentation proving COVID-19 vaccination status

Salary: 

Commensurate with experience.

Benefits:

NEI offers full benefits that includes Health, Life, Dental, Vision, Employer matched retirement fund and PTO which includes Sick Days, Holidays and Vacation.

If interested, please e-mail your resume and cover letter directly to