Saturday, March 9, 2013

Head Penguin Trainer

Ski Dubai is looking for a Head Penguin Trainer for their successful educational project in United Arab Emirates.

Working closely with the Curator and Senior Trainer, the Head Penguin Trainer is responsible for managing and working alongside staff, directing the penguin training program and maintaining high quality guest service.

Key Tasks:

  • Ensure responsible health protocol and daily maintenance of penguins
  • Oversee daily cleaning of exhibit
  • Oversee proper air and water quality
  • Oversee proper light cycles
  • Proficient in identification of animal behavioral problems/concerns with solutions to alleviate such concerns
  • Participate in daily penguin encounters
  • Assist in any veterinary procedures
  • Develop and conduct daily training of penguins regarding daily march and feeding and photo sessions with the public
  • Effective training techniques, applications, and tools
  • Develop and implement high-end show quality animal presentations
  • Prepare exhibit for penguin breeding season
  • Oversee records for each bird
  • Instruct and mentor trainers
  • Performs other duties as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology , Zoology , related field or equivalent experience
  • Several years of training experience, preferably with marine mammals
  • Familiar with Word, Excel and animal record keeping systems
  • Solid background in theater or public speaking

Key Competencies:

  • The know-how of maintaining an animal population
  • Previous experience in staff supervision and team dynamics
  • Staff development.
  • Communication between departments and facilities
  • Water/air quality analytical equipment
  • Incubation

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Be able to lift 50 lbs. to shoulder height
  • Carry materials, transport boxes, buckets, etc. throughout the facility
  • Standing, walking and working for long periods in a very cold environment.

Learn more of this exciting and interesting project by watching this video:

If interested please forward your CV along with a recent photo to:

Applications Close 31st March 2013

N.B. This post will also be advertised internally.

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