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Aquarium Displays Curator

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth

SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth

Norfolk Closing date for applications is: 22nd Jan 2020
Contact: Michael Best ([email protected])
Sector: Management
Type: Paid
Contract type: Full-time

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

Right now, we are looking for an experienced Aquarium Displays Curator to join our Senior Team at BIAZA accredited SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth.

About the role

It's not easy recreating the beauty of the deep! That's why, as the Leader of our Displays Team, you'll oversee the management and development of displays, whilst building the very highest standards of display presentation and animal husbandry.

In this exciting and varied role, you will manage the day to day operation of the displays department and work alongside your colleagues locally and centrally to deliver our strategic plan for the site.

Using your creative vision and being an expert in your field, you’ll be able to deliver innovative animal displays, novel concepts and effective life support systems to ensure the continual development and innovation of our displays, giving our guests a compelling reason to visit. 

Through the management, organisation and continued development of your team, you will ensure top quality care for our amazing variety of creatures, from Humboldt Penguins to African Dwarf Crocodiles and Blacktip Reef Shark to our Green Sea Turtle - Noah. Your processes will guarantee that all areas of our attraction constantly confirm to all current legal and company standards whilst achieving exceptional levels of customer service for all our visitors.

You will creatively work alongside the attraction marketing team to identify and develop PR stories and social media content which engages with our customers and have full budget accountability to ensure the most efficient use of resources across all areas.

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 need to be a dynamic, confident and a self-motivated individual! You will be a strong communicator who can lead, develop and support our displays team in creating a centre of excellence in public aquarium management, conservation and education.

Gained through significant experience working within a senior level role in the aquarium industry, you will have a robust knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry, the operation of complex life support systems and their maintenance, managing water chemistry, aquatic animal health, acquisition, transportation, quarantining and experience in the movement of a variety of fish and invertebrates. 

You will have previously demonstrated your practical ability to create spectacular displays that deliver a highly immersive visitor experience.  You’ll also have a good understanding of zoo licensing regulations and some project management experience. 

Ideally, you’ll have a degree level qualification in animal care, marine biology or equivalent and a valid Rescue SCUBA certification (or equivalent level) is preferred. In addition to this a strong understanding of our business requirements and how they relate to the operation of the aquarium and the displays team.

Why join Team SEA LIFE?

When you join us, you’ll receive a salary of circa £25,000 - £28,000 per annum (depending on experience and with some flex for the right person), 33 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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