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Current Vacancies – Catering, Retail Assistants, Kitchen Personnel
Seasonal Positions from August 2018 to November 2018
The Lakes Aquarium is seeking enthusiastic and flexible team members to join our team and work in our busy café’s, gift shops and admissions. Hours include weekends, bank holidays and school holidays.
Catering and retail assistant’s duties include till operation, assisting customers with enquiries, pricing and merchandising retail merchandise, making coffee and serving food as well as maintaining a high standard of cleanliness.
For our kitchen positions experience of food safety, preparation and/or café experience would be an advantage. Duties include daily opening and closing of our Oscar’s café kitchen, food prepping, creating homemade scones, fresh soups and other menu items, as well as helping to ensure we maintain a high standard of food safety and cleanliness at all times.
We strive for an environment where our staff have the skills and confidence to make a positive contribution to the Lakes Aquarium, and we operate in a service industry so it is vitally important that we offer a consistently high standard of customer service and a safe environment at all times.

Meets Minimum Wage

To apply please email a CV and covering letter to or by post to Fiona Shand, Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria LA12 8AS. For more information please call 015395 30153 ext 201.

Senior Aquarist – Temporary Position from September 2018

The Lakes Aquarium is looking for a confident and enthusiastic person to join our Displays team as a Senior Aquarist in a temporary position as maternity cover. This is a key role in providing the highest standard of animal husbandry, as well as providing visitors with a fun and educational experience. Excellent customer service skills and experience working within a public aquarium are essential, along with the confidence to talk to visitors on both a one to one and group basis.

The Senior Aquarist is responsible for the welfare, production, development and overall maintenance of mammal, reptile, fish and other displays at the Lakes Aquarium, in accordance with the Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (SSSMZP).
This role is split into a number of different sections – responsibility of the displays area including life support systems, veterinary and livestock, interpretation and theming, record keeping, finance, personnel, and health and safety. There is an element of management required for this position as the aquarists will report to the senior aquarist, with the senior aquarist reporting to the Curator & Maintenance Manager.
The aquarium mainly comprises of a diverse collection of freshwater fish from around the world, as well as marine species, otters, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and birds.

You will ideally have an Undergraduate Degree in Marine Biology or other zoological related subject, and have experience in aquatic animal care in a professional aquarium environment.


• A Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a Biological Science, or completion of a vocational diploma program in Animal Welfare and Husbandry, or equivalent combination of education and experience
• At least one year experience in aquarium fish keeping, preferably in a public aquarium or professional environment
• Valid driver’s license

To apply for this position please email a covering letter and full CV to

The closing date for this position is Sunday 29th July. The salary and job description are available on application. Position to start in September 2018.