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Aquarist Volunteer

Time commitment: One full day (8:00 am.-6:00 p.m.) per week for a period of 6 months

Summary: Assist staff Aquarists with animal husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium's exhibits, including feeding of fish, maintaining aquarium systems and other routine duties related to animal care.

Placements include:

  • Temperate Gallery- Work within one of our most diverse galleries, with species like our Sea Dragons and our Goliath Groupers!
  • Freshwater Gallery- Work within our only freshwater exhibit, with species like our Electric Eel, Piranhas, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians!
  • Cold Marine Gallery - Work with our deep water species, like our Giant Pacific Octopus, Goosefish, and Atlantic Cod!
  • Tropical Gallery- Work within our warmest gallery, working with species like clownfish, lionfish, cuttlefish, and more!
  • Yawkey Gallery - Work with our Coral Reef Gallery, learning about Coral Reefs and their inhabitants!
  • Interactive Exhibits - Work with our shark and ray touch tank and surrounding exhibits!
  • Changing Exhibits- Work with our larval fish exhibit, shorebirds, jellies, and more!


  • Daily care, maintenance and appearance of gallery including food preparation and feeding.
  • Take and record temperatures.
  • Observe fish and report unusual behaviors.
  • Siphon tanks, wash sand and clean filters.
  • Special projects as needed, which may include library research, net repair and exhibit building.


  • Biology, marine science or animal science experience preferred.
  • Previous experience with animals desired.
  • This position requires physical labor.
  • Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • We also strongly recommend having a waterproof watch for this position.


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