I built an aquarium job board

gerardo | Dec. 6, 2022, 7:39 p.m.

I launched aquariumshiring.com today. Why? Who doesn't love aquariums? I also wanted a software project I could grow and improve over time.

I am a real geek about nature and have been since I was a kid. Some of my first memories are visiting aquariums and zoos with my family, playing with cattle, or riding horses. If you had asked 4-year-old me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer would have been a vet. At some point, the answer shifted slightly to vet at Jurassic Park.

Somewhere along the way things took a turn and I ended up studying computer engineering. Thanks to my technical background I began to observe more the daily but hidden behind-the-scenes processes and logistics that keep zoos and aquariums running. The job board will have a small blog section coming up and I’ll try to add content about these areas there as well.

Aquariumshiring.com is a project that will help me improve my web development skills. My frontend, as you can see, has *ahem* room for improvement. From a tech perspective I decided to keep it simple and not complicate things. I use Django for the backend, while on the frontend I’m using Bulma. I have a SQLite database since for the moment I really don’t want to complicate things.

This release is version 1 and it’s an mvp. I have a few improvements lined up for the near future. Some of them are:

  • the ability to upload icons with each job post
  • add a search functionality
  • add profile sections that display information on the aquarium and other jobs they have
  • gather emails and send out an email of new jobs every week/month

I also need to work a bit on marketing. I will start by drowning my 200 Twitter followers in tweets about this. As soon as people start posting jobs I’ll ask them for their feedback.

Do you have any suggestions on how to market Aquariums Hiring? Send me your best tips.

Fun fact: I am not much of a gamer, but I did play some Megaquarium. I also played Zoo Tycoon as a kid. Yes, that means zooshiring.com is coming soon.