1937 - Aquarium Volunteer (Student Placement)

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Posted: 26/09/2019 11:49
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Volunteer Student Placement
Location: World Museum
Level: Volunteer
Deadline: 20/01/2020 12:00
Hours: 6
Benefits: Opportunity to gain valuable experience in a national museum service, discount at NML's shop's and cafe's, references
Job Type: n/a

Hours 10am - 4pm one day per week, Monday – Friday

Minimum commitment of 3 months.

Overall Purpose

The purpose of the placement is to assist the Live Centres aquarists with the routine husbandry and maintenance of the aquarium and bug house, delivering the public engagement programme and contributing to our conservation efforts by undertaking a research project.

Key Results

As a volunteer you will:

  • Gain valuable experience of animal management in line with zoo license requirements.
  • Have the opportunity to undertake research projects which contribute to our understanding of animal husbandry, welfare and conservation.
  • Gain confidence in working with visitors to deliver our public engagement programme.
  • Work as part of a team of dedicated professionals.
  • After completion of the relevant induction training, volunteers are expected to carry out routine tasks independently and assist with more specialist work under supervision.
  • Over time, be expected to make yourself familiar with the working environment and use your own initiative to find jobs that need doing.


  • Interact with museum visitors by giving demonstrations, feeding talks and assisting with craft activities.
  • Contribute to the Visitor services information file
  • Assist live centres staff with school sessions
  • Assist with routine animal husbandry
  • Carry out water tests, temperature and humidity readings
  • Maintain records
  • Carry out assigned jobs from the daily jobs board
  • Read the daily diary and add any relevant information
  • Carry out any other reasonable task to assist the department

Measures of Success

  • Feedback from Live Centres staff
  • Visitor feedback

Personal Qualities

Applicants must be 18 or over and should be working towards or have completed an animal management, conservation or ecology qualification. They should possess a keen interest in the natural world and be eager to build on existing knowledge.

Experience of working with school groups and or the general public would be useful but is not essential as long as the volunteer has an enthusiastic, outgoing personality and is willing be trained in these areas.

The Live Centres department is very small so team work is very important as well as the ability to use initiative.

Computer literacy is essential for record keeping as well as other administrative tasks.

Behind the scenes, volunteers are required to assist staff in maintaining the live collection. To undertake this role volunteers must be able to work in cramped, wet conditions at varying temperatures; and be willing to carry out both simple tasks such as cleaning and emptying bins as well as more complex tasks such as feeding and plant room maintenance.

Work will largely be in the aquarium but there is some crossover into the bug house so a willingness to work with invertebrates is also required.

Volunteers must be aware that animal husbandry involves a wide variety of tasks some of which are dirty and mundane but are still important.

The role involves climbing ladders and some heavy lifting. Applicants will be invited for a tour of the aquarium prior to interviews so that they can assess for themselves if the work environment is suitable. The role may not be suitable for people with some medical conditions. We invite applicants who find the aquarium working area conditions unsuitable to consider our front of house roles as an alternative.

As National Museums Liverpool hosts children and vulnerable adults, all volunteering roles are subject to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. We are additionally unable to offer roles to applicants with convictions for animal welfare or wildlife crimes.

Please be aware that if a volunteering role is offered, the start date will be subject to the completion of the National Museums Liverpool volunteer registration pack, completion of DBS checks and the subsequent presentation of the DBS certificate to HR. DBS checks may take four weeks or longer during busy periods.

A placement will begin from the start date of volunteering, not the date of registration. The decision to continue a placement beyond three months is at the discretion of the aquarium team.

Training Provided

  • Induction
  • Animal husbandry
  • Record keeping
  • Plant room maintenance


  • Opportunity to gain valuable work experience  in a national museum service
  • Discount in NML’s shops and café’s
  • References
  • Experience of professional animal management in a zoo licenced aquarium

To apply, please provide a short supporting statement and CV detailing how you meet the required personal qualties and why you are interested in volunteering with us.

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