Work Experience and Volunteering

Zoological Work Experience Opportunities

We welcome students over the age of 18 for work experience within our zoological department who are interested in learning more about marine animal husbandry. You’ll need to be as passionate about all things aquatic as us and really want to get stuck in and help with daily jobs, such as preparing food for feeds, cleaning tanks and helping us set up new displays.

In return for your hard work we guarantee you’ll learn more than you thought possible about the operation and animal husbandry at Bristol Aquarium!

There are two work experience opportunities available:


Industrial Placements – for students whose degree course requires an industrial placement year

  • The student will gain an overall view of all the husbandry areas and will assist the zoological team with the development of the aquarium over a one year placement. There is also scope to conduct a relevant husbandry-based research project. This role is rota’d and includes some weekends.

Husbandry Work Experience

  • Will allow students to immerse themselves within the husbandry team for a period of 3 or 6 months. The student will assist the zoological team in the day to day running and development of the aquarium. This role is rota’d and includes weekends.


You must be 18+ years and physically fit.

Demand for work experience at Bristol Aquarium is always very high.

If you would like to apply, please email your CV and Covering letter to [email protected] and mark it for the attention of the Aquarist Department making sure that you highlight which of the two programmes you would like to apply for.

Please note that work experience opportunities at Bristol Aquarium are unpaid.

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