Work Experience Programme
The Merlin Animal Welfare and Development department (previously Displays Development Department) supports SEA LIFE public aquaria throughout the Merlin estate and is responsible for setting standards, the development of new displays and rolling out new concepts to SEA LIFE sites.
The department are now accepting applications for its 2015/16 work experience programme. The programme will give candidates the opportunity to work alongside experienced aquarists and marine biologists in the day to day running of the Concept Development Unit where animals are quarantined and their husbandry requirements developed ready for innovative displays. This will include gaining skills and knowledge in aquatic animal husbandry, species identification, veterinary care, animal behaviour, life support systems and water quality. The animals at the department will vary but will predominantly include marine fish and invertebrates.
With more and more people choosing to go to university, achieving a career within the animal care industry is incredibly competitive; completing a volunteer programme is a great way of gaining a competitive edge over others whilst gaining valuable work experience and knowledge at the same time.
The successful applicant must be at least 18 years old and be able to commit to the programme for a period of 6 – 12 weeks. They must demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm for marine life with a relevant qualification, be highly motivated with an eagerness to learn and able to work well within a team as well as individually.
If you are looking for fun as well as the ability to gain invaluable experience please send your CV along with covering letter to [email protected]
Please note; the programme is carried out on a voluntary basis and we are unable to contribute towards accommodation or travelling costs. The department is located on the same site as Weymouth SEA LIFE Park but is run separately. Please contact them directly for related enquiries.