Aquarist Chessington, England

Chessington World of Adventures
Full Time Chessington, England 22421 GBP ANNUAL Today
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Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Leatherhead Road
Chessington, SURREY, KT9 2NE
United Kingdom


Location: Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Surrey, KT9 2NE
Hours: Full time, permanent, averaging 40 hours per week, working 5 days out of 7, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays as required by the business.
Benefits: Competitive salary of £22,421.16, discount on our animal VIP experiences and Go Ape course, discounts on our Hotels and a Merlin Magic Pass - 20 free tickets for you, your family and friends to enjoy all of our Merlin Attractions across the world.

With our Theme Park, Zoo, spectacular Hotels & Glamping as well as our Go Ape courses there are plenty of ROARingly exciting career paths available. We're also a part of the Merlin Entertainments family - associated with attractions like SEA LIFE, LEGOLAND Parks, Madame Tussauds and More!

We're currently looking for an Aquarist to join our Zoo team at Britain’s Wildest Adventure!

About the Role

In this role you will ensure we are delivering amazing, immersive, safe experiences for our guests each and every day, with a positive team spirit, initiative, innovation and high standards.

Working with the Displays Supervisor, you will be part of the team of Aquarists that looks after our SEALIFE. Together with the team, you will undertake the vital day to day tasks involved in caring for over a thousand amazing creatures.

You’ll be responsible for the maintenance of the life support systems along with the cleanliness and presentation of our displays, record keeping, tank and enclosure design, aquascaping and theming, always striving to ensure it is the best it can be.

You will ensure suitable diets and feed plans are in place and delivered for our creatures, as well as continuing to develop our excellent animal welfare across the collection.

In addition to this, you will support new exciting exhibit developments, with a proactive focus on the correct care and attention to the quarantine and transportation processes, and implementation of policies and procedures that maximise the efficiency of the management of animal husbandry and innovation throughout the resort.

What we’re looking for

  • A dynamic, confident, self-motivated individual who supports our conservation and education goals. Robust knowledge of aquatic animal husbandry, and a good level of understanding of animal behaviour.
  • Basic knowledge and experience of reptiles and amphibian’s husbandry is desirable.
  • A degree in a relevant biological science is advantageous, or a minimum of two years of paid relevant experience in public aquaria, as equivalent.
  • Experience as a diver in an aquarium setting and trained to a level PADI Rescue Diver, or equivalent as laid down by the HSE, is advantageous.
  • Good presentation skills, in addition to the ability and passion to interact with the public.
  • Strong communication and computer skills are required, as are efficient time management and organisational skills.
  • Enthusiasm to learn and develop in the role.

What’s on offer?

  • A competitive salary of £22,421.16
  • 28 days holiday (including bank holidays)
  • Merlin Magic Pass - 20 free tickets for you, your family and friends to enjoy all of our Merlin Attractions across the world rising to 40 after a year’s service
  • Company bonus
  • Private pension scheme
  • 40% discount online off LEGO
  • 25% discount in our on-site retail shops and restaurants
  • Ongoing training and development opportunities
  • Plus many more…

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.


Chessington World of Adventures
Chessington, United Kingdom
Tim Harrison-Jones
$1 to $5 million (USD)
501 to 1000 Employees
Company - Public
Culture & Entertainment
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