You won’t easily find manicured nails, high heels and a splash of perfume among the women who work at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Instead you are more likely to find worn-in jeans, flats (most often gumboots) and ponytails to tame unruly hair. The down to earth, comfortable look is accompanied by buckets of passion, unwavering dedication and a genuine respect and love for what we do.
It takes some girl power to run one of the top 25 aquariums in the world and several women play key and intricate roles in the day-to-day operations of our valued business.
The Two Oceans Aquarium opened its doors in 1995 with a handful of staff. Today we boast 108 permanent members and 50% of us are women. As we celebrate Women’s Day this Sunday, we applaud our female colleagues and welcome three new go-getters to this dynamic team.
Maryke Musson: Curator
No newcomer to the Two Oceans Aquarium, Maryke first joined the Aquarium as a student and was part of the building team in 1995, and then stayed on to take care of our four seals (Daisy, Dozy, Terminator and Mullet), who were subsequently transferred to uShaka Sea World. She left the Aquarium a few years later to get into the business of aquaculture before rejoining the Aquarium family again in 2013 for a stint as Assistant Curator.
Maryke has just been appointed as the new Curator, taking over from Michael Farquhar who is our soon-to-be CEO.
Maryke has splashed her fins in many different departments over the years – business management, consulting, research – but one of the things that excites her most about returning to the Aquarium is the opportunity to tell stories, to challenge visitors and to change their behavior in one way or another. “Aquarium science is an art form,” she says, and it’s with that and many more short-, medium- and long-term goals in mind that Maryke has jumped in with both feet.
Ingrid Sinclair: Digital Content Coordinator
Another familiar face here at the Aquarium. Ingrid worked on the Aquarium’s account with our web development and digital communications agency Flow Communications between 2010 and 2012. Towards the end of 2012 Ingrid decided to spread her wings and travelled abroad. She returned to South Africa and, after a year at a digital marketing agency in Johannesburg, has been appointed as our new Digital Content Coordinator, forming part of our all-female Communications & Sustainability team.
Ingrid says: “The Aquarium has felt like home since the first day I met this passionate, unpretentious group of change-makers (gentlemen included). Now I feel like I’ve been welcomed back by my second family and I am deeply fortunate to be able to assist the team with their mission.”
Jessica Sloan: Graphic Designer
At the age of 26, Jessica is one of the youngest and the most recent addition to the Marketing department. Jessica completed a Bachelor's degree in Art & Communication Management at Vega in 2009. She draws her inspiration from people and shares a love for animals, which most of us Aquarium girls (and gents) hold dear.
Says Jessica: "As my first week at the Two Oceans Aquarium draws to an end I can say I am firmly excited for my future here with my amazing team. I am thrilled to be stepping into this new creative realm which will no doubt allow me to grow not only as a designer but as a person."