Senior Biologist / Diver

26th February 2018

Senior Biologist / Diver

The National Marine Aquarium is an award-winning charity with a mission to ‘connect us with our oceans’. We’re committed to conserving the marine environment and inspiring others to do the same.  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 600,000L, 650,000L and 2,500,000L. One is themed on our local life and is the largest native exhibit in the UK.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Senior Biologist / Diver to join the Aquarium Husbandry Team. A background of aquatic animal husbandry is essential as this forms the majority of the role. At least five years experience in a public aquarium setting would be essential.

A professional level dive qualification is required 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 on a daily basis but is only a component of the position and so not a sole diving role.

Working with and leading a section of 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 permanent but with an initial 3-month probation period with performance review(s).

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.

You can find the full job description here and the full person specification here.

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 movement.

Please apply in writing, enclosing current CV and remuneration details to:

James Wright
Assistant Curator
National Marine Aquarium,
Rope Walk,



If you e-mail in your application please ensure you put “Senior Biologist 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, job description and person specification is available on the website It is advisable to view this prior to applying.

Closing Date: 23rd March 2018

We will be looking to interview in the week beginning: 26th March 2018

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