What are the job requirements and responsibilities of an Aquarium Curator and how can I become one?
When I was a kid I had no interest in Disneyland, I wanted nothing but to go to SeaWorld. I've had a passion for plants and animals all my life and a particular fondness for the marine variety. I've studied them for years on my own, but growing up in Colorado left me with very few job options in the field of Marine Biology. I could move to the coast somewhere or work with fisheries or wildlife parks concerning lakes and rivers, but I've been more interested in a job at an Aquarium. Making more money is always great, but what I really want is to work alone or with others in the care and research of various marine animals. I would also like a hand in creating their exhibits and displays. From the little that I can find, all of that falls under the job description of an Aquarium Curator. I've read that it's a competitive field and you don't just go in and apply for the position of an Aquarium Curator; you'll most likely have to start at the bottom and work your way up within the aquarium. That's great, I'm happy to do grunt work. Other than scuba certification and a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Biology, what else is required and/or good to have when climbing the ranks and striving for this job? What are some other things a person in this position can expect to do, like other responsibilities and job hours? What would help them do this job better? I'm prepared to do the schooling and anything else it takes to have an opportunity with these amazing creatures and help to teach people, especially in landlocked locations like I was, about the importance of our lakes, streams, and oceans.
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The typical working environment for an aquarium curator involves a mix between an office and the displays and exhibits that they manage. These members of an aquarium staff may spend part of their day in the water, working with the displays and the fish directly, and they may spend part of their day in their office... More
Answered By: Birdy B - 11/5/2012
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same as above, but most of the curators that i have had talked to had a masters, Phd, or multiple degrees....and they were at state run institutions not big money makers like Sea world or Disney. I'm sure the those would be more difficult to get into to....but good luck.
Answered By: Greg - 11/6/2012
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