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General catering assistants, catering supervisor, maintenance person and aquarist

Lakes Aquarium Vacancy

Aquarist – Full Time

The Lakes Aquarium is looking for a confident and enthusiastic Aquarist to join our Displays team. This is a key role in providing visitors with a fun and educational experience, as well as assisting with the husbandry of the animals in the collection and ensuring the displays areas are presented at a high standard. Excellent customer service skills are essential, along with the confidence to talk to visitors on both a one to one and group basis.

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. As such, knowledge of these animals would be advantageous. More important, is the drive and enthusiasm to develop your knowledge and skills and apply them appropriately. As part of a busy team, you must be well organised, physically fit and capable of working with others.

This is a permanent full time position. As you will be required to be part of the 24/7 on call team a full driving license will be required.

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 please send a CV and cover letter detailing why you wish to work at Lakes Aquarium to

Current Vacancies – Catering, Retail Assistants, Kitchen Personnel
Seasonal Positions from July 2019 to November 2019
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.