Job Opportunities at the Sanctuary/Atvinnutækifæri hjá SEA LIFE Trust Beluga Whale Sanctuary

Updated December 16, 2020

We are currently accepting applications for a Senior Animal Care Team Member (Assistant Curator) 

Please send CV and Cover Letter to Applications without CV and/or Cover Letter will not be considered. 

Due to the expected volume of applications, only candidates who will be moving forward in the interview process will be contacted. 

Job Description

Senior Animal Care Team Member (Assistant Curator)



Assists the curator in development of training and welfare protocol to ensure sanctuary residents (beluga whales) acclimate and thrive in an open water facility. Training of specific behaviors for the whales as well as development of team members to work at the highest level of animal welfare and training

Experience Required

  • Minimum of eight(8) years full-time professional experience in the care of marine mammals. Beluga whale experience preferred
  • Experience in a leadership and/or management role with staff and/or volunteers/interns. 
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Willingness to work outside normal business hours including weekends and holidays
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Advanced knowledge in working in behavioral training theory and application with a focus on positive reinforcement
  • Experience applying a high level of animal welfare including but not exclusively to the development of appropriate enrichment program and implementation
  • Fluent in English


Other Requirements

  • Knowledge of the habits and hazards of working with large marine mammals; willingness to work with some physical risk while observing proper safety precautions
  • Ability to work on a boat and in open water.
  • Open water dive certification or higher.
  • Must complete background check, physical examination and open water swim test.
  • Experience with public speaking.


Experience and Qualities Preferred

  • Bachelor’s degree in zoology, biology or a related field. 
  • Experience with life support systems including water quality.
  • Boat captain license. 
  • Drysuit/cold water dive experience and certification.
  • Rescue dive certification.
  • Veterinary technical skills
  • Bird rescue and rehabilitation skills


All applicants must ensure they fulfil the requirements to be able to live and work in Iceland