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Apply Now: Turtle Emergency Response Volunteer

New England Aquarium

Sea Turtle Emergency Response Volunteer Apply Now Availability: Currently recruiting for every day, but WEEKDAYS preferred

Time commitment: 4 shifts (8:00am to 6:00pm) between January 1st, 2018 and March 31st, 2018. Specific dates are flexible.

Department Description:

The Marine Animal Rescue Team primarily rehabilitates sick or injured endangered sea turtles, and responds to dolphins, whales, porpoises, and seals in the field. Established in 1968, the Marine Animal Rescue Team has responded to thousands of calls of stranded, injured and diseased marine animals throughout the New England coastal region.

Turtle Emergency Response Volunteers are needed from mid-November through the end of the year to aid in the Marine Animal Rescue Team’s response to the busy New England sea turtle stranding season. During this period, the team will intake and provide critical care for anywhere from 100-700 cold-stunned sea turtles.

  • ​A significant amount of cleaning is required in order to maintain the hospital environment. Volunteers are responsible for cleaning floors and surfaces, laundry, etc.
  • Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • preparing animal diets,
    • feeding,
    • restraining animals for treatments and injections,
    • maintaining records including water quality, daily food intake, and swim charts

  • Previous animal handling, medical, or emergency response experience is preferred. (Please note these experiences in your volunteer profile).
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to perform significant cleaning tasks daily.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
Onboarding & Service Requirements: Due to the unique nature of this particular volunteer position, successful candidates will be asked to complete the following steps:
1. Successfully pass a screening process and interview with the Office of Volunteer Programs & Internships
2. Complete four full day (8:00am to 6:00pm) training shifts by March 31st, 2018. Schedule will be determined if hired.

*Note: This program is based at our offsite Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA. You must have your own car to participate in this opportunity.​


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11/2/2017    - 3/31/2018VOLUNTEERS NEEDED THROUGH 3/31/2018

Boston, MA 02110


500  471

Ryan Kingston

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