Animal Care Summer Seasonal Positions


Gulf World is now seeking applicants for seasonal summer positions in the Animal Care and Training Department. Seasonal staff will be exposed to animal care and training techniques and will work directly with animal training staff to support the daily care of our collection. Selected applicants will work in animal show settings as well as guest encounter and interaction programs. Once selected, seasonal staff will be placed in one of our four animal care and training departments: The Dolphin Area, which cares for our collection of bottlenose dolphins; The Sea Lion Area, which cares for our collection of sea lions, seals, penguins, and rough-toothed dolphins; or The Multi-Species Area, which cares for our collection of birds, small mammals, and reptiles.


Specific responsibilities will vary based on area and will include but are not limited to:

  • Diet Preparation
  • Food Prep Kitchen cleaning and bucket scrubbing
  • Habitat cleaning, maintenance, and upkeep
  • Water quality testing and filtration
  • Education portions of guest interactions
  • Monitor guest interactions
  • Operate show sound
  • Narration of presentations
  • Animal observations
  • Assisting with animal training, husbandry, and handling


All applicants should be at least 18 years of age, have proof of US citizenship, and either pursuing or have a completed bachelor’s degree. Preference will be given to those with at least 2 previous animal care experiences (internships, previous employment). Applicants should be comfortable standing and working on their feet for long periods of time in all outdoor conditions. Depending on the season, Florida weather will range between extreme heat and sunshine and cold temperatures and storms. Daily heavy lifting is required, so candidates should be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds. For our marine mammal departments, a scuba certification and strong swimming skills are also required.

May-Aug Application Deadlines: February 15th


To apply, please submit a completed application (below), cover letter indicating which department you are pursuing, and resume. Due to high number of applicants, incomplete application will not be considered.


Download the Animal Care & Training Application Here

Contact: [email protected]