Jul 07, 2019

Aquarist - Skegness Aquarium

  • Earlybird Jobs
  • Skegness, UK
As and When Required Other

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Skegness Aquarium for an experienced Aquarist to join our passionate and busy team.

As an Aquarist, you will play a vital role in maintaining the exhibits to the highest possible standards and ensuring that they surpass the expectations of our visitors, with animal welfare as the priority. You will also be encouraged to come up with exciting new ideas and concepts for our displays, improvements to husbandry and conservation work.

Skegness Aquarium is set in an interactive Treasure Island themed environment and is home to an interesting and varied collection of tropical marine, native marine, tropical freshwater and terrestrial species with scope to introduce new species and further develop or redesign displays in the future.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Daily husbandry tasks and maintenance of displays
Maintaining the highest standards of animal welfare and striving to constantly make improvements
Monitoring animal behaviour and health
Ensuring compliance with our site’s policies and protocols to ensure the highest standards of animal welfare
Delivering basic veterinary care & treatments under guidance from the Senior Aquarist, Curator and vet.
Life support systems maintenance
Daily record keeping
Guest interpretation and interaction
Essential requirements:
A keen passion for the aquatic world and it’s conservation
Minimum one years’ experience working within the aquarium industry but this can be a voluntary experience
Experience of tropical marine aquatic husbandry and basic knowledge of aquarium life support systems
Proven ability to work under own initiative with high attention to detail but also a strong team player
Good communication skills and personable
Confidence speaking in public and interacting with visitors
Excellent record keeping skills and some knowledge of the British zoo licensing procedure
Passionate about delivering the highest standards throughout the work environment
Be able to relocate within 30 minutes of the aquarium
Desirable requirements:
Qualification/degree in marine biology, animal care or similar
DMZAA would be beneficial
Dive qualifications of minimum PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent, and be able to obtain an HSE Dive Medical
Experience in providing basic veterinary treatments and care under Vets’ and Curator’s guidance
Experience and knowledge of basic plumbing
Experience working with corals and terrestrial invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles
Experience developing conservation initiatives
This is a full-time position with a minimum of 40hrs per week for a competitive hourly rate as you may be required to work over the minimum of 40hrs at peak times. This includes working regular weekends, bank holidays and school holidays as well as being on call for out of hour emergencies and working sometimes early or late to meet business and animal care demands.

Benefits include a pension plan, 28days holiday including substitute bank holidays and free entry or discounts at other Teenspirit Ltd. attractions.

For more information please contact, or to apply send a CV and cover letter to:

Alex Wright – curator@skegness-aquarium.uk
Skegness Aquarium, Tower Esplanade, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 3HH.

Due to the high number of applicants, we regret that only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.
Tower Esplanade, PE25 3HH Skegness

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