Marine Careers

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For all marine careers, it is crucial to have relevant training as without this, your CV won't get noticed.

Please contact us for advice on marine-related careers

If you already have a relevant qualification, please visit our Job Board to search for the latest jobs in the marine animal sector.

Marine and Freshwater Biologists work mainly with sea plants and animals. Freshwater biologists work on lakes and rivers or for water companies and environmental agencies researching areas such as pollution concerns and depleted fish stocks resulting from over fishing. 

Marine Rescue charities  are involved with the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or stranded marine animals.

Marine Careers in Aquariums involve a wide range of animal care, conservation and other positions. Most positions require at least a four-year degree in biology, zoology, or a related field, and practical knowledge and hands-on experience.

Aquarist is a popular hands-on, entry level marine careers based in an aquarium environment. It involves having responsibility for the freshwater and marine aquatic systems. The work requires a lot of cleaning as well as feeding, monitoring animal health and water quality, setting up and maintaining new exhibits, and observing the behaviour of wild animals in the aquarium to ensure that they are living in as close to natural environment as possible.

Aquarium Supervisor is responsible for managing the aquarist team and overseeing the details of daily activities. This work involves recruiting and training new employees and ensuring the work is carried out efficiently so that the animals are well cared for and that high standards of cleanliness are maintained.

Curator is responsible for designing and promoting exhibits, overseeing the daily duties of curatorial staff, training of aquarist staff and keeping accurate records. A minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in biology or a related field is required, as well as management training and experience of managing a team.

Herpetologists study and provide information about reptiles and amphibians. The work involves conducting research, observing general behaviour, conducting food supply studies and sometimes even searching for new species.

Other Aquarium careers include administration staff, such as: Assistant Director, Personnel Director, Finance Director and general office staff, veterinary team, volunteer co-ordinator, fundraising director, gift shop/facilities manager.

Covering over 70% of our planet’s total surface, the seas are somewhat of an enigma. As little as 5% of the world’s oceans have actually been explored by man and new species are discovered everyday with an estimated 75% of species yet to be discovered. Irrespective of the fact we know very little about our oceans they are incredibly important to life on earth in a number of aspects; they drive weather systems, control global temperatures based on oceanic currents and provide transport, food and habitats for its extremely diverse inhabitants.

Some valuable  marine careers advice from Thomas Fielding, Displays Supervisor & Freshwater Aquarist at the Blue Planet Aquarium

"Experience is still paramount, it’s a catch 22 situation where you need a job for experience and experience for a job. Volunteering in zoological collections is essential prior to job applications. Routes for progression are relatively uniform among zoological institutions and tend to be as follows: volunteer – seasonal/temporary/part time role – trainee or keeper/aquarist – senior keeper/aquarist – head of department/displays supervisor or assistant curator – curator – group curator (if the company has more than one site). Requirements for progression are the same as they are in any career, if you excel you will be considered for promotion when the opportunity arises, these progressions can take years to achieve.

 Experience in a professional environment – working in a zoo requires on the job knowledge, expertise and experience in the field that paper qualifications (no matter how good) just cant account for. Many institutions offer their own methods of CPD, some sites offer trainee courses in which you earn as you learn, so you are studying for a qualification along side working in the zoological environment, other companies like ours offer schemes in which employees can submit requests for funding towards learning a new skill or undertaking a course to benefit both parties. These examples are usually distributed as and when and under managerial discretion.

We always assess applications equally no matter what the educational background the applicant has, we always regard higher educational qualifications as a better candidate (if it is in a relevant field) due to the obvious fact that they have gone out of their way to further their understanding of the subject and be educated in it however if we had two candidates one of which is educated to a BSc level but with no experience in the field compared to someone educated to diploma level but with experience the latter would more than likely be the preferred choice. There is no biased towards any given school, college or university, as is the human way note is always paid towards to the recognised “quality” of the educational facility but this provides little to no sway in the application as individuals are judged on their individual achievements and personality rather than which professor taught them where".

Animal Jobs Direct course are designed in consultation with employers to enhance career and employment prospects.

Employers look for a combination of relevant training (such as one of our accredited courses) AND practical experience (many of our courses offer practical placements).