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Careers and Work Experience

Here you'll find the information on any job or work experience opportunities currently available at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

This page is regularly updated with details of opportunities as and when they arise. 

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Year 10 Work Experience for 2016 has now closed.

If you have missed out then there are still options for you. We recommend our Aquarist for a Day and Aquarist for a Week programs. These run during the school holidays and provide you with unique opportunities to work directly with some of our animals, including archerfish in our Rainforest, sea stars in the Rock Pools, and penguins in the Antarctica exhibit. Some of these experiences and opportunities are not available during the normal Work Experience program. You will also be involved with feeding, food preparation and daily tasks involved in keeping the animals safe and healthy. More information, including costs, can be found at

Our conservation group SEA LIFE Trust also offers the Ocean Youth program for 14 – 17 year olds  who are keen ocean lovers and want to find out how they can make a difference to protect it. This program is about getting you back into our big Blue Backyard and having some good old fashioned fun as well as kitting you up to help you become an influential leader and change maker around sustainability and ocean conservation. You’ll be kayaking with sea dragons, seals and dolphins, doing citizen science in Port Phillip Bay and assisting the SEA LIFE team with health checks of rescued marine animals. The cost of the program is $950 for the year and includes all activities as well as putting you in the funding pool as part of the end of year project pitchfest. You can apply online at

Year 10 Work Experience for 2017

Applications Work Experience at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium for 2017 open on Monday 3rd October. All interested students will need to read through the information sheet below before completing and submitting their application form. Please download and fill out the application form below. These can be sent in via email or post to the addresses on the form. Applications will only be received after 9am on Monday 3rd October and close 5pm sharp on Friday 4th November 2016.


Please note that applications for 2016 are closed. Find out more information here.

For any further Work Experience enquiries please email

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SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium does not offer volunteer opportunities at this time.

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University or TAFE placements

SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium offers the opportunity for tertiary students to complete a certain amount of hours in practical work placements within our business. Currently we are accepting students from selected Victorian tertiary institutions studying in fields including Education and Tourism. Places are limited and we run by a case by case basis. Please email to see if placements are available.


Animal Husbandry: 101 Program

For those students studying Marine Biology, Zoology, Animal Biology or Conservation we recommend our Animal Husbandry: 101 program. This program is offered all year round and provides the opportunity to receive hands-on experience working along-side SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium aquarists. Activities include a Shark Dive in the 2.2 million litre Oceanarium, a one-on-one session with SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium’s Vet, animal behavioural training and husbandry assistance, animal enrichment activities, animal feeds and assisting with maintaining exhibits.

Costs start from $1299 for one week placement. For more information please contact our Bookings Officer on (03) 9923 5911.

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Job Vacancies at SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium

Please check the Employment section of our website (under GENERAL INFO) for the latest updates.



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