Internships and Volunteering

Internship Opportunities

We welcome students for internships 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 internship 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. There is also scope to conduct a relevant husbandry based project. This role is rota’d and includes some weekends.
Husbandry Internships
  • Will allow volunteers to immerse themselves within the husbandry team for a period of 3 or 6 months. The intern 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 over and physically fit.

Demand for internships 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 internship opportunities at Bristol Aquarium are unpaid.

Education Volunteering

Sealife and Conservation Officers of Bristol Aquarium (SCOOBA)

We are looking for outgoing people with a passion for learning and sharing information to join us at Bristol Aquarium. We are passionate about conservation and education and how we can share this with our visitors and you will have the opportunity to pioneer this passion through acting as a guide for our visitors along their journey.

About You
You will be at least 16 years old and be able to commit to at least 60 hours with us.

You must be confident in engaging our visitors and have the willingness to pro-actively approach visitors in the aquarium to share facts about our animals and increase conservation message awareness.

Bristol Aquarium Coral Seas


  • You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge about wildlife and conservation, with the platform to share this with others
  • An opportunity to improve confidence and communication skills
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Free tea and coffee whilst you are volunteering
  • Free entry to Bristol Aquarium for the duration of your volunteering period, as well as complimentary entry for friends and family when visiting with you


“The induction process was really interesting and helped me out a lot before I started”

Please note that this volunteering placement does not include working directly with animals or behind the scenes and is primarily education/engagement focussed.

To apply for a place on our SCOOBA volunteering team please download and complete the short application form below and send this along with your CV and a short covering letter outlining why you would like to volunteer with us to [email protected]

If we think that you may be a good fit for our team we will invite you to the aquarium for an interview to discuss the programme in further detail and to find out if you are a suitable candidate for the team.

Volunteer Application Form