How to Get A Job In Aquarium Maintenance


Using typical employment search websites in an effort to find a vacancy for a position in a field such as "aquarium maintenance" is not very productive. For example, such a search on — one of the most comprehensive employment-related websites — as of the date of publication yielded only one listing: "Animal Research and Care Center Intern" with Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California. The source of that ad, however, is the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, which may represent the best resource for finding employment helping to maintain an aquarium.

  • Study biology, marine biology, icthology, chemistry, math and other science courses. You may be able to take transferable courses at your local community college, but for a degree in aquarium science you will need to find a college offering a program in that course of study. Colleges offering aquarium science programs include Oregon Coast Community College, which offers a one-year program and a two-year program. Major universities on the East Coast and the West Coast offer courses of study that will qualify individuals for employment in a zoo and/or aquarium setting.

  • Visit the Association of Zoos & Aquariums website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Job Listings" in the left-hand corner.

  • Use the "Search Jobs" function to locate posted vacancies in zoos and aquariums throughout the United States. A search for "aquarium" on the date of publication yielded 29 vacancies that had been listed between July 1 and July 24, 2011.

  • Apply for positions posted on the Association of Zoos & Aquariums jobs listings page in accordance with the instructions included at the bottom of each posting. Some will ask that you submit a resume; others will provide links to their human resources departments and the capability of completing and submitting an online application.

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