The live blue™ Service Corps offers ways to get involved with the mission of the Aquarium on a schedule that works for you!
The Service Corps works with local environmental agencies and organizations to identify threats to the blue planet and develop projects to address those threats. Our volunteers are then mobilized to address these issues on the ground through various single-day projects. In this way, we take the mission of the Aquarium outside its walls and into the Greater Boston Area and beyond.
Getting involved is easy! To start, create a NEAq volunteer profile and then sign up for a single one-hour orientation on our calendar. You will then be added to our volunteer email list to receive regular updates, and you can begin signing up for projects posted on the calendar. You can also apply to Skilled Positions that offer a flexible commitment, but require an in-person interview and training.
You can also get involved with the Service Corps via our PEACH program, in which we offer a series of workshops and field programs aimed at deepening our impact on the environment. You can learn more about PEACH here.
Want to help us plan and lead projects? Apply to become a Service Leader! Applications can be found here.
A Service Corp member showing off invasive Water Chestnut on the Mystic River
When you're a member of the live blue Service Corps, you'll have the opportunity to participate in service projects all over eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod!
Projects in the past included:
- Invasive Species removal and habitat restoration on the Boston Harbor Islands
- Water Chestnut removal in the Charles and Mystic Rivers
- Marine debris cleanups from Gloucester to Dorchester
- Quahog "planting" and seeding in Barnstable
- Dune grass harvesting and restoration in Ipswich
- Walking the beaches of Cape Cod to identify and rescue hypothermic sea turtles
- So many more!
Most of our events are field based and allow you to see the impact of what you’ve done that day. We want our events to be accessible by public transportation and will do our best to provide transportation if that’s not possible.
Service Corp members "planting" quahogs in Barnstable
Interested in maintaining a flexible, episodic volunteer schedule, but want to take on additional responsibilities? Various aquarium departments and partner organizations are in need of skilled, dedicated volunteers for a number of roles!
The live blue Service Initiative offers you the chance to apply to positions that are similar to the Classic Corps but without the weekly, 6-month commitment. Just like the Classic Corps, however, interested individuals must apply, interview, and attend a training to qualify for many of these positions.
Examples of Skilled Service Corps Positions include:
- live blue Service Leaders
- Edge of the Sea Education Volunteers
- Turtle Emergency Response Volunteers (TERV)
- Rescue and Rehab Field Response Volunteers
- Aquarium and Field Photographers
Visit: Volunteer FAQs
What is living blue?
Our mission is to Protect the Blue Planet by actively engaging in research and conservation, as well as by fostering future aquatic stewards. But to protect the 70% of the planet covered in water, we must recognize that our actions on land have a significant impact on on our aquatic ecosystems.
"Living Blue" is essentially the New England Aquarium's version of "going green." By taking action to reduce our energy use, making sustainable choices in what we eat, and conserving terrestrial ecosystems, we can improve our local environment while also lessening our impact on our blue planet.