Marine and Freshwater Biologists:
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. Relevant training: The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Biology.
Marine Rescue charities:
Marine Rescue charities are involved with the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or stranded marine animals. Relevant training: The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Animal Rescue.
Marine Careers in Aquariums:
Marine Careers in Aquariums involve a wide range of animal care, conservation and other positions. Most positions require training in marine biology, mareine zoology, or a related field, and practical knowledge and hands-on experience. Relevant training: The Level 3 Diploma in Marine Zoology.
An 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.
A 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. Relevant training: The Level 3 Diploma in Herpetology.
Other Aquarium careers:
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.
Animal Courses Direct offers various online and practical marine animal courses.