Keeper and aquarist

Keeper and aquarist

“Keepers and aquarists are responsible for the everyday care and husbandry of animals within a collection”

Keepers and aquarists are responsible for the everyday care and husbandry of animals within a collection at zoos, wildlife parks, aquariums, private animal collections, animal reserves and farms. In this role, you’ll understand species-specific behaviour and needs and the basics of animal training. You’ll record and report any observed changes and concerns to senior animal keeping staff and learn the use of up-to-date recording systems such as ZIMS. You’ll use tools on the job that are needed for cleaning enclosures, enclosure maintenance, and design and food preparation. You’ll complete day-to-day tasks using your initiative, within a specific time period. This will vary with the size of collection. In a smaller organisation, you will have complete autonomy, while in larger organisations you may work within a team. This role may involve unsociable hours and working outside in all weather conditions.

Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £18,000 per annum