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 displays of 500,000 litres, 650,000 litres and 2.5 million litres, themed on the native UK marine environment, the Great Barrier Reef and the Caribbean respectively.

An opportunity has arisen for the right candidate to join our team as a Lead Biologist Diver. The right candidate is someone who shares our ethos of how an aquarium should be run. A passion for marine conservation is a must as is the belief that we can make a positive difference through immersive public engagement. The right candidate will also be a team player, show respect for their colleagues and offer support to junior team members and volunteers when needed. In return you will be given the opportunity to develop and flourish at the UK’s largest aquarium as we believe in the importance of personal development.

You would be joining one of the most experienced and knowledgeable husbandry 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 four years’ experience of working in an aquarium setting. This role is based in our “Biozone” department and as such a passion for tropical marine creatures and their habitats. Practical DIY skills, confidence in your own ability and a desire to improve yourself and the aquarium are all important aspects of this role.

A diving qualification of at least PADI Dive Master (or equivalent) is preferred although a qualification of PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent) may be considered for the right candidate with training provided to reach Dive Master level within a pre-determined time period.

Salary is £21,500 to £22,770 dependent on diving qualification.

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.

​In line with current legislation 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 OCT operates an Equality and Diversity Policy and is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. All applications will be judged solely on merit, however we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under represented in the workforce.

To apply please send your CV and Cover Letter to

Closing date is Friday 15th October 2021.

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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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