Conservation Project Aquarist (Fixed-term)

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Do you want to work with some of Australia’s most iconic animals in one of the world’s greatest visitor attractions? Are you passionate about conservation and creating incredible guest experiences?

If the thought of delivering magic to over a million guests every year makes you smile, then we have an amazing opportunity for you to join our team here at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium as an Full-time Conservation Project Aquarist (Fixed-term).

About the Role

We are looking for an experienced aquarist who will be responsible for the successful delivery of 2022-2023 Cauliflower Soft Coral, Dendronephthya australis, and White's Seahorse, Hippocampus whitei, breeding, rearing and release project. This includes, but is not limited to, the establishment of aquarium holding systems and display habitats, development and maintenance of nutrition and health plans, development and maintenance of digital records keeping systems and creation of reports for fulfillment of government grant agreement. This role is fixed-term from end of July 2022 to end of March 2023.

About You


  • Minimum 4 years experience ideally working in a aquarium setting with coral husbandry experience being essential and Syngnathid experience being highly desired.
  • Tertiary qualifications in animal care and/or marine biology and/or conservation.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills with a high level of confidence in public speaking.
  • Be guest obsessed demonstrating a passion for guest experience, education and connecting people with wildlife, sustainability and conservation.
  • Experience in training trainee aquarists and volunteers/students.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, cope with frequent and unpredictable changes to daily routine and workloads, and to work, at times under high pressure.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work unsupervised, assess tasks and set priorities for self.
  • Current (or willingness to obtain at own expense) NSW Working with Children Check.
  • Full NSW Driver’s License.
  • Current First Aid / CPR / Oxygen Administration.
  • ADAS Occupation SCUBA Part 1 or Aquarium Diver (desired).


APPLY HERE: Please submit a maximum ONE-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria and a maximum TWO-page resume. You must be available to interview w/c 25/07/22.


The salary for this role is competitive, and other benefits include:

  • Corporate benefits including free access to all our attractions worldwide
  • Domestic and global opportunities to develop and progress your skills and career in tourism and attractions
  • Additional Leave (including birthday and wellbeing) and 3 volunteer days to give back to a social cause you care about
  • Being part of a business built on fun

About Us

Merlin Entertainments is the company behind iconic brands like SEA LIFE, Madame Tussauds, LEGOLAND, and Peppa Pig World of Play. We operate in over 130 attractions across 25 countries, delivering memorable experiences to 54 million+ visitors a year.

We’re the leading operator of visitor attractions in Australia and New Zealand, with 10 attractions, including SEA LIFE, Wild Life, Madame Tussauds, and the Fly Treetop Adventures, amongst others.

Merlin Entertainments is driven by a strong social responsibility with the vision to create a world where the global community respects, conserves, and sustainably manages our precious aquatic habitats, wildlife, and natural resources. We strive to achieve this goal through our 3 charities: Merlins Magic Wand, the SEA LIFE Trust, and the WILD LIFE Conservation Fund.

So, if you are vibrant and passionate about delivering an amazing service within a great company and in a team who loves what we do – then we want to hear from you!

Everyone Matters at Merlin.

At Merlin we welcome the world to our magical attractions and resorts every day and we want to reflect that same multicultural mix inside our business too. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse workplace where people can be themselves, have the same opportunities and thrive together. Because at Merlin, everyone matters!

Together, we work to create a workplace where everyone feels valued, no matter their age, race, gender, disability or sexual orientation. Although we understand that we'll always be learning and growing, we aim to be the most inclusive and flexible employer in our industry.