Organization: Coral World Ocean Park
Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, us
Job or Internship: Job
Title: Aquarist
Coral World Ocean Park
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands


Be part of our marine operations department at Coral World Ocean Park! We are seeking a friendly, motivated aquarist to join our staff. Our marine ops staff members fill a variety of roles within the park, which provides the opportunity to build a broad base of skills.

Responsibilities include:

• Daily care and maintenance of the park’s animal collection including fish, rays, sharks, sea turtles and parrots among others

• Conduct public talks and feeding demonstrations with the animals, including animal interaction programs

• Collect specimens for aquatic exhibits and assist with designing new exhibits

• Diet preparation

• Maintain accurate records

• Maintain exhibits and pools, including the use of SCUBA

• Participate in special events and educational programs

• Assist with the rescue and rehabilitation of marine creatures including sea turtles, shore birds, and other local wildlife

• Work in a team environment and assist in all areas of the park, as needed


• Minimum of 2 years experience in a professional aquarium or marine-related field

• Must be physically fit, able to lift 50 lbs, and able to pass a swim test

• Advanced SCUBA certification required, able to obtain Rescue Diver certification within 6 weeks of employment

• Must be a team player, have a positive attitude, and an outgoing personality, with the ability to work well unsupervised

• Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology, Biology, or related field preferred

• In an effort to further diversify our current team of aquarists, applicants with experience in shore birds or other avian experience and interests will be strongly preferred

• Must be aware of the challenges of living on a Caribbean island (high cost of living, working in the sun and heat all day, etc.)

**This is a very physically demanding job requiring long periods of time working outdoors, daily exposure to sun, wind and saltwater, and diving and swimming daily.

References required - No phone calls please
Please submit resume and cover letter by email

Contact Information

Erica Palmer, Assistant Curator, Exhibits
Coral World Ocean Park
6450 Estate Smith Bay
St. Thomas, USVI 00802