Assistant Curator, Marine Mammals; Ocean Wise Conservation Association

Job Title: 
Assistant Curator, Marine Mammals
Job Location: 
Vancouver BC

Role overview reporting to the Marine Mammal Curator the Assistant Curator, Marine Mammal role ensures that the highest levels of husbandry care and training are provided for the Vancouver Aquarium's marine mammal collection. The Assistant Curator, Marine Mammal coaches, trains, mentors and ensure proper performance management for department employees while ensuring the maintenance of the marine mammal habitat, diet, health, enrichment, training, behaviours and records through appropriate timely feedback and leading by example. As a liaison between interpreters, researchers, and other Ocean Wise employees, this role maintains the day-to-day operations of the marine mammal and marine mammal training teams, shows, habitats and education programs and schedules. key accountabilities responsible for all marine mammal teams for new and existing behaviours by: Selecting methods to be utilized through team discussions; Implementing training schedule in accordance with curatorial departmental goals; Ensuring all animal interactions are conducted in a professional, energetic and enthusiastic manner; Communicating effectively with interpreters and other Ocean Wise employees regarding present and future training and shows. Responsible for maintaining and monitoring health of the animals on an on-going basis by: Ensuring that all staff are capable of preparing animal dietary requirements and weighing daily food portions to criteria; Maintaining and overseeing completion of records on feeding, behaviours and observations; Providing input on actions to be taken when a problem arises; Administering medication and samples using various animal husbandry techniques; Reporting daily to curatorial and veterinary staff regarding any pertinent animal issues; Maintaining and overseeing cleaning of marine mammal work areas and exhibits; proactively creating an enriching environment for the animals under the coordinators care. Ensuring that the welfare needs of the animals in their care are met or exceeded Assists with the development and training related to new shows and education programs by: Working closely with the Marine Mammal Curator to develop and maintain a well balanced, entertaining and educational high calibre show; Promotes internal and external education and awareness of marine mammals through accurate and entertaining informal and formal presentations. provides assistance and support to the Marine Mammal curator by: Reviewing and approving employee timesheets; Completing the shift schedule for the assigned group; Assisting in overseeing department and area budgets and providing regular status updates to the Curator, noting any variances; Contributing to department goals; Providing guidance to employees on projects and daily logistics; Leading departmental meetings as assigned by the Curator; ensuring proper agendas are set and action items are followed up; Coordinating special projects as assigned by the Curator. oversees and monitors the Volunteers, Practicum and Work Experience Student Volunteers by: Training them on Marine Mammal department standards and expectations; Providing recognition initiatives; Conducting regular performance coaching and reviews; Providing guidance, leadership and management of volunteer team members. Provides management, coaching and mentoring to Direct Reports and contributes to, and fosters the development of the team by: Creating an environment conducive to individual development, productivity, and achievement while ensuring open lines of communication; Ensuring that employees are well organized, sufficiently trained/cross-trained to perform their responsibilities, developed to their potential and deployed in a manner that permits a cost-effective operation; Planning and facilitating individual touch bases, group touch bases, and skill-building sessions where appropriate; Providing direction, guidance and support to team members and motivating staff to achieve a high level of performance and productivity; Establishing performance objectives/goals, reviewing progress throughout the year, and completing formal performance reviews for direct reports as required; Recognizing and rewarding success, and managing poor performance; Developing and obtaining agreement on development plans for all direct reports, recommending training courses and seminars where appropriate; Recruiting, hiring and promoting team members in accordance with standard Ocean Wise policies; Creating an environment conducive for full employee engagement; Monitoring and controlling expenditures to ensure that Ocean Wise standards are met while continuing to maintain monthly budget; Tracking budget and maintaining financial records throughout the year. Consciously improves the overall organization and its processes by: Continually improving our impact on the environment and greening of operations through support of EMS protocols; Maintaining and supporting organizational safety standards; Abiding by all organizational policies and procedures; Performing other duties of a similar nature or level. qualifications education and Experience Degree in Biology, Marine Biology or Zoology is required; Minimum of 5 years hands-on training and husbandry experience with marine mammals ndash; combination of hands-on training through undergraduate degree, internships and work experience; Experience coaching, training and/or mentoring others; Required Aquarium dive certified; Required OFA1 certification; Required WHMIS certification (onsite training will be provided); Required valid BC driver's licence. Skills High degree of consistency in animal training; high degree of accuracy and attention to detail during husbandry procedures; Excellent leadership and management skills and abilities; Excellent interpersonal skills; Must be able to lift at least 50lbs; Ability to crouch, bend and stand for periods of time; Active demonstration of the company's values, mission and code of conduct; Excellent project management and time management skills, with the ability to keep on task with strategic items while managing day-to-day responsibilities; Strong customer service skills; internal and external stakeholders. working conditions exposure to animal bites, potential pathogens & chemicals; Job requires high degree of alertness to changing conditions when working with large animals; Requires standing for periods of time; Exposure to slippery conditions and uneven surfaces. Required to work in extreme weather conditions; Some computer/office work required.

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