Biologist – Diver – Level 3 – Part time

18th September 2017

The National Marine Aquarium, based in Plymouth, is the largest public Aquarium in the UK, as a charity, we are dedicated to a mission of “Connecting us with our Oceans”, inspiring everyone to take action towards sustainability and conservation of the marine environment. We have a vacancy in our Biologist team, that works with the live animal exhibits, which are the most effective way of engaging our visitors.

These exhibits include three large mixed displays of 550,000L, 600,000L and 2,500,000L. One is themed on our local life and is the largest native exhibit in the UK. We then have a Great Barrier Reef exhibit and Atlantic Ocean Tank with numerous smaller exhibits.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Biologist – Diver to join the Aquarium Husbandry Team. A background of aquatic animal husbandry is essential as this forms the majority of the role. Two years experience in an employed public aquarium husbandry team setting would be essential.

This is a part time role only working only two days a week which are Thursday and Friday from 08:00 to 16:00, there will then also be a rota for working one weekend every six weeks as the job will operate on a job share basis. When working weekends two days off will be given in the week in lieu of this.

A professional level dive qualification is essential to either PADI Divemaster or HSE Professional Scuba Diver (Part IV) standard, other equivalents will be considered. The ability to pass a commercial dive medical is necessary for the role. Diving is carried out in the various aquarium exhibits daily but is only a component of the position and so not a sole diving role.

Working with the biologist team, a team of skilled and motivated individuals responsible for the welfare of all the National Marine Aquarium’s animals and the maintenance of the variety of exhibits, the postholder will be involved in all aspects of animal husbandry and new project delivery. They will have a keen eye for detail and be able to create exhibits that meet the needs of the inhabitants and also show case them in a natural appearing habitat. They would be hardworking, methodical and analytical and be able to integrate into the existing team.

The position is a permanent contract with an initial 3 month probation period. On completion of a satisfactory probation the contract reverts to be permanent.

The position will be salaried, with work being carried out five days out of seven on a rota basis. Public holidays and weekend working is essential, as care for the animals needs to be provided on a daily basis. As with any animal care role response can be needed at unsocialable hours, however there is no formal out of hours on-call rota.

The pro-rata salary scale for an experienced Biologist – Diver is £18,500 – £20,000.

The normal location for work is Plymouth but some working away at other aquarium sites may be required as well as occasional journeys for livestock transportation.

Download Person specification / Job Description
Please apply in writing, enclosing current CV and remuneration details to:

James Wright
National Marine Aquarium,
Rope Walk,



If you e-mail in your application please ensure you put “Biologist PT application” as the e-mail title/subject. This will enable your application to reach its intended destination, otherwise it may not get through.

The National Marine Aquarium Ltd welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is an equal opportunities employer.

In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.

A copy of the position advert, person specification and job description is available on the website

Closing Date: 6th October 2017

We will be looking to interview in the week beginning: 9th October 2017

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