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  Aquatic Ecosystems, Marine & Freshwater Biology

What could I do with my degree?


Where can I look for Jobs?

Explore the Graduate Opportunities section of our website
Register with myJobs
Join the Wildlife and Environmental Biology LinkedIn group.  This was set-up by your programme staff to discuss Careers opportunities and Careers regularly post relevant vacancies. 

Aquaculture & Fish Farming


Charities and NGOs


  • Irish Marine Institute (Foras Na Mara)
  • James Hutton Institute - environmental research institute.  This website includes career profiles and job vacancies.
  • – PhD studentships, postdoc research and lecturing opportunities
  • MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science & Technology)
  • NERC (National Environment Research Council) with links to British Antarctic Survey – in addition to vacancies for people with PhDs and experience, there are sometimes opportunities for Field Assistants – roles which require a relevant degree + relevant experience which may be gained through voluntary work.
  • NAFC North Atlantic Fisheries College
  • SAMS (Scottish Association for Marine Science)

Zoo and Aquarium work

  • BIAZA (British & Irish Associations of Zoos & Aquariums) – jobs & internships
  • EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) – includes a list of member zoos and aquaria
  • ZSL (Zoological Society of London) - zookeeping and research jobs
  • Zoos of the World – directory of zoos throughout the world
  • Zoo Jobs – vacancy section of Zoo News Digest

Networking and Making Speculative Applications

Looking for work in France

  • CNRS Le Centre national de la recherché scientifique
  • INRA Institute national de la recherché agronomique
  • SPA Societe Protectrice des Animaux
  • Goinglobal has some information about the French labour market and further links for jobs and internships.

What could I do with my degree?

Where can I look for jobs?

How can I get useful experience?

The links listed in Where can I look for jobs? will include some volunteering, placement and work experience opportunities.

The Part-time and Voluntary Work and Placements and Internships pages have a number of links with relevant opportunities for students and graduates.

The following links offer additional opportunities:

Placements / internships

  • Bright Green Placements – student and graduate internship schemes for Scotland, including Step, and the Environmental Placement Programme
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology –students can apply for placements and summer work.
  • The Society of Biology list some long term and short term student placement/internship opportunities and some other work experience suggestions.
  • Wellcome Trust Vacation Scholarships provide ‘promising’ undergraduates with ‘hands-on’ research experience during the summer vacation – to encourage them to consider a career in research.  Applicants must be in the middle year of a science degree. 


  • In addition to the links on the Part-time and Volunteering page, these charitable organisations may offer some useful volunteering opportunities:
  • Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust – have a variety of volunteering opportunities
  • IOSF (International Otter Survival Fund) – run some otter watching events (for a fee)
  • Scottish Wildlife Organisations – a list of wildlife organisations in Scotland.  The site also includes details of some wildlife surveys and monitoring projects
  • People & planet – environmental campaigning organisation - occasionally have internship positions
  • See also the links under Charities and NGOs above.

Additional information about volunteering

The government have written this guide to your rights as a volunteer in the UK. – have lots of useful information for those considering international volunteering, including this discussion about the ethics of international volunteering and a list of questions to ask sending and hosting organisations. | Edinburgh Napier Mobile App