Marine animal trainers use effective methods to reliably elicit desired behaviors from marine mammals. Work environment and pressure may vary depending on whether animals are being trained for obedience, assisting people with performing on stage or show. Working with animals can be dangerous and unpredictable. Marine animal trainers many times must also be performers, dancing, swimming with the animals as part of a show. They must interact with the audience during and after a show.
Evaluate an individual animal’s training potential and determine which methods may be most effective. Must also be able to perform for audiences and interact with people.Plan and implement a course of training using proven methods that will condition the animal to produce the desired behavior(s) on cue.Train animals according to the desires of the owner, requirements of a sport or performance, specifications of competition, or guidelines set in place.Communicate with management regarding the desired outcomes, training plan, and progress.The trainer may provide handling and cues during a performance. Help animals become accustomed to the presence of humans.
Skills and Knowledge (Strengths and Talents)
Behavior – know and apply a range of behavior modification techniques, understanding the principles of positive and negative reinforcement and their effects on animalsListening – actively attend to what others are communicating, evaluating your own understanding and asking questions as needed while not interrupting at inappropriate times Critical thinking – use logic, reasoning, and problem solving skills to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions, determine the validity of conclusions, and identify the pros and cons of different approaches Reading comprehension – understand written material related to the fieldCustomer service – know relevant guidelines, procedures, and methods for preventing and solving customer issuesBusiness – knowledge of entrepreneurial skillsProblem solving – identify, organize, and prioritize relevant information to determine the most beneficial approach to resolve an issue Speaking – clearly and effectively communicate informationAttention to process – remain attentive during training, observing progress and determining if a change in approach is needed
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