We’re currently not recruiting but there are a number of other ways that you can help us safeguard the future of sharks.

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Unfortunately we’re unable to offer short-term work experience, however from time to time we do have a number of limited long-term in-house volunteering positions available. If you’re passionate about shark conservation, aged 18+, based locally to Plymouth and can spare at least one day a week for a minimum of three months then we'd love to hear from you.


We often get asked for career advice and so hope any aspiring marine biologists out there will find this helpful.

Marine conservation is a highly competitive field, so it’s a good idea to get as much experience under your belt as possible. To start on this career path you'll need to study the separate sciences at GCSE and then gain two sciences at A-level (biology/chemistry/physics/maths/geography). This will enable you to go to university to study a related science field.

To get a head start we'd advise gaining as much volunteering experience as possible and joining local environmental conservation groups. It’s also very useful to be able to dive, so an open water diver qualification with PADI or BSAC would be worth considering.

To find out more about different careers in shark research and conservation we've asked a number of experts working in the field to write about a day in their life.

Click on any of the profiles below to find out more about the rewarding and challenging aspects of each job, how people came to work in these particular roles, and the education and voluntary experience that helped them get there. You can also find out what the job involves on a day-to-day basis.

Ben Jones.
Ben Jones
Aquarist at The

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Colin Speedie.
Colin Speedie
Basking Shark Field Researcher

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Craig O'Connell.
Craig O’Connell
Magnetoreception Researcher

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Ian Fergusson.
Ian Fergusson
BBC Presenter
- Natural History

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Joel Kimber.
Joel Kimber
PhD Elasmobranch Behaviour

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Josh Filer.Josh Filer
PhD Elasmobranch Behaviour

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Katie Clements.
Katie Clements
Resident Marine Biologist

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Katy Seward.
Katy Seward
Native Marine  Specialist

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Dr Lauren Smith.
Dr Lauren Smith
Senior Research Scientist

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