Keeper (entry)

Merlin Entertainments Group

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Keeper (entry)

SEA LIFE Sydney, 1-5 Wheat Rd; Darling Harbour
Sydney, NSW, 2000

Are you passionate about conservation, animal welfare and creating incredible guest experiences for our multitude of visitors?  Do you want to be an integral part of our dedicated curatorial team of Aquarists, working on a 6 month fixed term contract across our aquarium in different areas which house many native and exotic teleost and elasmobranch species, three species of penguins as well as one of only 1 of 2 dugongs in human care? If interested, we have a fintastic opportunity for you to join our dynamic Curatorial team as an aquarist.

We’re looking for knowledgeable and passionate Aquarist to join the displays team at SEALIFE Sydney Aquarium. Caring for our amazing and diverse collection of unique, colourful, mesmerising and mysterious marine life is what will make this role truly unique. Educating and engaging our visitors to discover the secrets of the ocean and help us with our mission to immerse our guests into the ultimate unexplored environment and inspire them to do all they can to protect it.

Working alongside a passionate and talented team of aquarists, you will deliver consistently high standards of animal husbandry and welfare to all of the animals across our attraction. You are a highly motivated, energetic team member, who works well within a close team environment and takes initiative when working autonomously. Public speaking is part of every aquarist’s role, so we are looking for a confident communicator who can demonstrate their passion for marine life and inspire visitors through informal talks and programs.

About you

You MUST have a passion for marine life, and a desire to work up close and personal with some amazing creatures, and the experience necessary to ensure exceptional aquarium animal care and memorable experiences for our guests. 

Ideally you’ll have a degree or equivalent experience in a relevant biological science. Experience in an animal care facility is a must, skills in guest experience, water quality, animal training and enrichment are desirable too, and a love for conservation and the wild environment is essential.

Diving is a crucial aspect of this role to this end all candidates must have a minimum qualification of “rescue diver” with more advanced certifications desirable, candidates must also hold first aid and advanced resuscitation certifications as well as a current commercial (AS2299) dive medical. You must have weekend availability. 

About the benefits

Alongside a competitive hourly rate you can also look forward to enjoying a great benefits package, including a group personal pension plan, free entry to Merlin’s attractions (after qualifying period), an employee assistance programme,  life insurance, 25% discount in Merlin’s retail shops and restaurants, 40% discount online off of LEGO products, plus much more.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of joining us, are the amazing opportunities to advance your career. Merlin is a large, global, expanding business, with no end of curatorial, operational, or general management 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

Merlin Entertainments is a global leader in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1 and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 130 attractions, 20 hotels and 6 holiday villages in 25 countries and across 4 continents. Merlin’s purpose is to deliver memorable experiences to its 67 million guests around the world, through its iconic brands and multiple attraction formats, and the commitment and passion of its c.28,000 employees (peak season). Why do we do it? For the love of FUN!

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