I have had the fortunate pleasure of calling San Diego home for my entire life. Living at the beach provided me with many awesome childhood memories: hours on end playing in the ocean, the endless hunt for seashells, and the very first time I witnessed a dolphin surfing a wave! It’s those summer days that marked the beginning of my interest in the ocean and the fascinating animals that call it home. My family and I have been coming to SeaWorld since as early as I can remember and I knew at a very young age that I would make it part of my career to work with marine animals.
I started working for SeaWorld San Diego while I was in college and have been given the exceptional experience to work in various capacities within the park. Starting in the education department where I taught kids and adults about marine animals on tours, narrated at animal exhibits and lead activities as a counselor for camp programs. I also served on the leadership team and helped hire and train incoming educators as well as assisted human resources during job fairs. I really enjoyed the opportunity to be “first impression” for the education department and have one-on-one interactions with new hires that also had the similar dream to work with marine animals.
I then transferred to the mammal department where I was once again able to work in a variety of areas; from fish preparation, scuba diving with the manatees, working with the stranded animals to selling fish at Pacific Point. All of which provided me a well rounded foundation for caring for marine animals. Which leads me to my current position; working with the park’s arctic animals, including polar bears, beluga whales, walruses, arctic foxes, and seals.
Not too many people can combine their career with something they are passionate about and that is why I feel very fortunate to be able to work for a company whose education and conservation efforts make me proud; combine that with the amazing people and animals I work with on a daily basis, and that makes showing up to “work” FUN!