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SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth

Norfolk Closing date for applications is: 21st Jan 2020
Contact: Michael Best ([email protected])
Sector: Animal Care
Type: Paid
Contract type: Full-time

We are SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth and we are part of the magical Merlin Entertainments!

We’re looking for a knowledgeable and passionate Aquarist to join the displays team here at Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Centre. 

About the role

We have lots of animals here and you will find that no two days are never the same. Your work routine (if you can call it that!) will be divided by an assigned area as we have over 30 displays. During a typical day you could be creating enrichment for our “bale” of terrapins or scrubbing the carapace of Noah, our large Green Sea Turtle. You could also enter a display for siphoning and get really close to our rays.

Preparing the food and feeds for our animals is a big part of the job (so is the washing up). You could be preparing the feed for our two African Dwarf Crocodiles, Ntombi and Masozi or our playful gang of Humboldt Penguins. We have reptiles, amphibians, native marine fish, tropical fresh water, a tropical ocean display (250,000 Lt) and lots of life support systems to take care of, each tank has its own dedicated system! It goes without saying therefore, that you will need to ensure the highest of standards are met as you will be responsible for the cleaning, maintenance and refurbishment.

You will be interacting with guests during feeding sessions whilst providing information about the animals, entertaining and educating our visitors and making their journey into the deep a memorable one!

This role is Full Time and includes working a regular, fair share of weekends and bank holidays as required as well as providing emergency call out cover on a roster basis.

About you

You’ll have a genuine passion for the welfare of reptiles, amphibians, freshwater and marine animals and a good understanding of aquarium animal care. Experience within public aquariums involving maintenance, plumbing and operation of large life support systems would be an advantage. You’ll need a basic understanding of the fundamentals of water chemistry as applied to an aquarium environment and an ability to quickly identify and resolve any environmental issues.

Ideally, you’ll have a degree level qualification in animal care, zoology or equivalent.

You will also have demonstrable experience of aquatic animal husbandry, a practical ability to create ‘wow’ displays with a working knowledge of the correct use of, theming, lighting and water movement to deliver this. Skills in animal training and enrichment are desirable too, and a love for conservation and the wild environment is essential.

As you’ll be engaging with our guests, you’ll need to have great communication skills.

Why join Team SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth?

When you join us, you’ll receive a salary of £18,508 per annum28 days holiday including bank holidays, 25% discount in our retail shops and restaurants, 40% off LEGO, and benefits (Group Personal Pension Plan, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance.)

You’ll also get your flippers on a Merlin Magic Pass - giving you free tickets to our attractions across the GLOBE!

Merlin is a large, global, expanding business, with no end of curatorial roles, so for an ambitious and talented individual looking to go much further with their career, we can provide the opportunities and the support to help you realise your potential.

About us

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is a living, breathing, interactive habitat that's all about immersing visitors in the experience. Come face to face with Ntombi and Masozi, our African dwarf crocodiles, these sleek and sinister sisters can grow up to 5ft long! Our amazing tropical ocean display and tunnel holds 250,000 litres of natural seawater where you can see our largest inhabitants as they roam around the lost city of Atlantis themed display. By sharing the wonder and beauty of our oceans we help visitors experience the ocean’s hidden marvels, and our expert staff are dedicated to, and passionate about conservation.

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