Mid-life octopus crisis!

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Moving to the area and doing what you already do might be a good first step; you would be halfway there. Once there you can start to make connections. Aquariums do hire from their volunteer base. There are very active SCUBA clubs in the area.
 

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What do you want out of 'working with octopuses'? If you are looking for a career and money to live on this is probably not a great direction to go. Academia is hard, Public Aquariums often end up being a slave to the system kind of job once the shine has worn off, so I would be with James on this one. If you love octopus and want to be around them in a more professional setting, I would see about volunteering with them at a public aquarium or keeping them at home. This isn't to say that working at a PA doesn't offer some great experiences and knowledge, but the move across the country and start a new career part makes me nervous. If you really want that job in a PA, volunteering at a PA before you move is a good way to go...then you can also talk to the aquarists and get a good idea about the realities of work life at their facility.
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