Sea Lion Trainer Internship
Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, North Devon, UK
Internship opportunity within sea lion department (unpaid)
We are offering an exciting internship for individuals interested in gaining hands on experience in the husbandry and training of marine mammals. This internship will involve the successful applicant/s working closely with our group of California sea lion, African penguins and where appropriate the opportunity to observe and become involved with park wide training programs.
This internship would be a perfect opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career as a marine mammal trainer or for university students looking to complete their work based learning placements.
Responsibilities will include: Daily sea lion and penguin husbandry, assisting with public-sea lion interaction sessions, public speaking, show presentation, pool maintenance, charity fundraising, and assisting with training sessions.
Requirements: The successful candidate/s should possess a positive attitude, good communication and organisational skills, the ability to work well under own initiative and also within a team, they should also have an interest in marine mammals. Candidate must be willing to do public talks and have the confidence to speak over a microphone to large crowds. A basic understanding of operant conditioning would be an advantage but not required.
Candidates must commit to a 40 hour working week for 3-6 month period. This may include weekend and bank holidays.
Combe Martin Wildlife Park is located along the beautiful North Devon coastline, unfortunately accommodation cannot be provided with this placement but budget accommodation is plentiful as is seasonal employment.
If interested please send a cover letter and CV to:
Alternatively you can mail a copy to:
Sea lion department
Higher Leigh Manor