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Assistant Aquarist

Advertiser: Merlin Entertainments GroupMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
9 Jul 2018
Auckland, Auckland Central
Work Type
Part Time
Farming, Animals & Conservation, Conservation, Parks & Wildlife

Assistant Aquarist

Kelly Tarlton's SEA LIFE Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Dr; Orakei
Auckland, AUCKLAND, New Zealand
New Zealand


Are you passionate about Aquatic Animal husbandry? Would you like to work for one of Auckland’s star attractions ensuring that our animals receive the highest level of care and our guests have a magical experience? Then we could have the ideal role for you. We currently have a Part Time Assistant Aquarist vacancy within our team at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton’s Auckland. 

About the Role

Reporting to the Team Leader of the Fish Department, this role is responsible for assisting the Curatorial Team in ensuring best practice animal husbandry as well as providing an amazing experience to our visitors.  You will have the opportunity to work across all exhibits within the Aquarium.

Your duties include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with daily husbandry, management and welfare of the animal collection
  • Helping to develop and maintain excellent and innovative animal exhibits that deliver an exceptional visitor experience
  • Food preparation and feeding of fish and marine animals
  • Cleaning and maintaining the exhibits and quarantine tanks
  • Feed presentations
  • Guiding groups for snorkelling, diving and other activities
  • This position requires intensive diving for feeding, cleaning and animal husbandry

About You

The ideal candidate for this role will be passionate about and have an understanding of animals and will display commitment, loyalty and a strong work ethic. Aquatic animal husbandry experience/ knowledge would be a definite advantage, in addition to physical fitness as some heavy lifting will be involved. You will also have:


  • Marine  biology knowledge
  • Weekend availability 
  • Commitment to excellent customer service
  • Diving certification, ideally to the level of PADI Divemaster or above
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Medical Clearance for Occupational Diving
  • The ability to work weekends and public holidays as required
  • Full drivers licence

Great people, great perks! Alongside a fun and collaborative environment, you can enjoy our great benefits package, including a discretionary company bonus, corporate partnership discounts, and of course, a Merlin Magic Pass, which entitles you and your family and friends free admission to all our attractions worldwide. Perhaps the biggest benefit of joining us however, are the invaluable opportunities for further career training and development across our ever-expanding group.  


About Us

We are MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS, Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator. Merlin operates 106 attractions, eight hotels and three holiday villages in 23 countries and across four continents. We aim to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to our 54 million visitors worldwide, through our iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of our managers and more than 26,000 employees. Why do we do it? For the love of FUN!!

We are all about creating memorable experiences for our guests through animal experiences, fascinating animal facts and offering mementos of your visit. There’s also a strong conservation message threaded through our experience which is a core value for all our team.

If you love animals, feel passionate about conservation and love sharing your enthusiasm with others then we could have the job for you.

So if you are a team player who is vibrant and passionate about creating memorable experiences in a great company and team who Love What We Do, we want to hear from you!

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