Work Experience

Please be aware that all placements for 2017 are now fully booked. We apologise for any disappointment this may have caused, however our work experience program is extremely popular and books up very quickly. We will be accepting applications for 2018 placements from the 1st November 2017. 


Are you interested in a future career working with marine life? Why not come and gain some hands on experience at SEA LIFE London Aquarium!

Life at the aquarium is busy, ever changing and totally unpredictable. We can never guarantee what you will be doing on you work placement, however we will endeavour to give you as broad and interesting an experience as possible.
We will tailor each placement to meet your individual learning requirements. Most placements will be spent on our Guest Experience team, assisting with guest interaction and education. However, if you are interested in learning about other departments, you can also spend some time helping out our retail and admissions departments – just let us know!

A typical day on the guest experience team includes getting stuck in with everything which you would see as a guest going through the aquarium. This could mean you are helping out in the public feeding displays of many of our animals, including the piranhas, rays and seahorse. You could be educating from our interactive touch pool or taking guests around on our Behind the Scenes tour to show them the areas not usually accessible to the public. With over 40,000 school children visiting the aquarium every year we have educational tours and sessions running on a daily basis which need as many hands as possible. Of course, on a temporary placement you would never be expected to do any of this by yourself and will always be with an experienced member of staff.

Our aim is to ensure your placement is both completely flexible and totally beneficial to you – so whatever it is you want to gain experience in, just let us know! We will do everything we can to help you get the most from your time with us.

When can I come?

All placements for 2016 are full. Placement applications will be accepted for 2017 from 1st September 2016 and the applications period will close on 30th October 2016. Placements run Monday – Friday during term times only and are not available to book over weekends or school holidays. The placement dates for 2017 will be available on this page later in 2016.

These placements are all 1 week. We can only accept candidates aged 16 and over.

How do I book?

If you would like to book a placement, please download the application form here. Fill it out, scan and send to

Please note: due to the high number of applicants we receive, we may be unable to respond to all emails. If you do not hear back within 10 working days, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


Good luck and we hope to see you soon!