The salary for this role is £21,400 per annum.

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust and our vision is of a world supporting a healthy Ocean to sustain all life.  We have been connecting people with the Ocean for over 20 years, encouraging everyone to #thinkocean!

Our aquarium in Plymouth includes three large mixed displays of 500,000L, 650,000L and 2,500,000L. One is themed on our local marine life and is the largest native exhibit in the UK.  

An exciting opportunity for a Biologist / Diver has arisen in our Husbandry team who are responsible for delivering all the day to day care our aquatic livestock require.  You would be joining one of the most experienced and knowledgeable aquarist teams in the country which is passionate about leading the way in developing the aquarium industry.  Evidence shows that being exposed to nature helps people want to look after it and therefore we aim to create exhibits that help people connect to the animals and their habitats by developing displays that are windows into nature.

The successful candidate will ideally have a minimum of 2 years’ experience of working in a public aquarium setting. Knowledge of coral, jellyfish and fish larval cultures would be an advantage. 

A diving qualification to at least PADI Divemaster or equivalent is preferred although a qualification of PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent will be considered for the right candidate. The ability to pass a HSE commercial dive medical is also essential.

This role is full-time working 37.5 hours per week.  Work will be on an annual rota’d basis to provide 7 day cover, providing the very best exhibit maintenance, animal nutrition and welfare, diving operation support, record keeping and reporting.   Due to the nature of our business all applicants must be available to work weekends, public and bank holidays and throughout the school holidays.

To apply: Please email your full CV with a covering letter setting out your experience and suitability for the role to:

Marcus Williams, Curator marcus.williams@oceanconservationtrust.org

Closing Date: 5th February 2021  Interviews will take place via video conference on 11th and 12th February.

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.

The National Marine Aquarium welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is an Equal Opportunities employer.  

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The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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