Organization: SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium
Location: Minneapolis, MN, us
Job or Internship:

To provide the management, organization and strategic planning for the Displays Department to achieve consistently high standards of display presentation and animal husbandry at Sea Life Minnesota.  The Curator leads the on-site Aquarist Team and assists them with the required routine maintenance of all aquarium displays and husbandry related issues, and coordinates these activities with SEA LIFE sites across the US.

SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases over 10,000 sea creatures in 1.3 million gallons, allowing visitors to come face to face with animals never-before-seen in Minnesota. The transformation from Underwater Adventures to SEA LIFE, complete in March 2011, made it the third U.S.-based SEA LIFE location. With the newly opened Mysteries of the Rainforest in 2012, and Jellyfish Discovery in 2010, there is always something new and exciting for guests to discover. Now with the addition of Octopus Garden in spring of 2013, SEA LIFE Minnesota continues to feature more fascinating displays and creative hands-on activities, giving kids and families a new level of excitement and understanding of the world’s oceans.

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment, and has seen dynamic growth over the last five years. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 99 attractions, eight hotels/three holiday villages in 22 countries and across four continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its 54 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and more than 22,000 employees. 

Merlin has nineteen attractions in the USA  - including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its Water Park and LEGOLAND California theme park with Water Park, SEA LIFE aquarium and exciting new hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas and Hollywood; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; and Westchester, New York; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Dallas/Fort Worth; and the Mall of America in Minneapolis - underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. 


  • Management and oversight of all husbandry and life support of aquarium systems while ensuring a consistently high standard of animal care and displays presentation throughout all public and behind the scenes areas.
  • Oversee daily care of animal exhibits including diet preparation, feeding and general care and maintenance of aquatic exhibits in accordance with established protocols.
  • Ensure that correct levels of livestock and key species are maintained in all displays through the development and updating of livestock requests.
  • Participate in specimen transports, water quality testing, quarantine, diagnosis and treatment of fish disease.
  • Maintain accurate daily records for aquarium systems and exhibit specimens. Interact with guests, management, veterinarians and other individuals as required.
  • Supervision of day-to-day activities of all aquarists and divers; directing exhibit maintenance, animal husbandry practices, setting aquarist work schedules, and assisting with department budget planning and spending.
  • Play a lead role in the continual development and strategic planning of the displays areas in line with the long term goals of the company.  


Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in Life Sciences
  • Minimum five to seven years experience of aquatic animal care in a professional aquarium environment.
  • Minimum four to five years of managerial experience supervising teams and individuals.
  • Advanced open water SCUBA certification Dive Master preferred.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Proven knowledge of the maintenance and operation of large life support systems including, but not limited to, sand filters, canister filters, UV sterilizers, protein skimmers, and ozone generators.  
  • SCUBA diving skills:  advanced underwater exhibit maintenance skills, advanced open-water diving and animal collection skills.  Aquarium dive program management skills and experience preferred.
  • Advance knowledge and experience with AZA accreditation or its equivalent.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience working with a wide variety of tropical and temperate marine and freshwater specimens including, but not limited to, sharks, rays, jellies, corals, seahorses, cephalopods, and turtles.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in the quarantine, diagnosis and treatment of fish disease.
  • Strong water quality testing and record keeping skills and experience
  • Proven knowledge and hands on experience in aquarium displays set-up and development, including, but not limited to LSS design and installation, exhibit collection planning, and aquarium theming concepts. 

     All applicants apply online at: to Job Id 2094