My name is Dani and I'm a Senior Marine Mammal Specialist here at DPMMR. I began my journey at the facility as an intern in Fall of 2017 and I've been here ever since. A very common question the trainers get asked is "How did you become a trainer?" Although that is a complex question and every trainer's journey to becoming a trainer is different, I can give some helpful tips if this is a career path you may be interested in.
Most facilities do look for a 4 year college degree, but usually people assume we all have marine biology degrees. Most trainers have degrees in any of the following: marine biology, animal science, psychology, or animal behavior.
The next most important tip is to gain experience with animals! The more hands-on experience you can gain whether it be at your local animal shelter, volunteer programs, or especially internships at different facilities will aid you in becoming a trainer one day.
I hope these tips help you better understand how to become a trainer and if you have more questions come visit us at DPMMR so we can talk more about it in person!