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Aquarist Intern, Changing Exhibits

Apply now for: Spring 2024

*Fall applications will be available in April. Spring applications will be available in August. Summer applications will be available in December. We are not accepting WINTER applications for this role.  

Time commitment: 

Spring, Summer, Fall: 12-16 Weeks. At least Two Full Days Per Week (8:00 am-5:00 pm)


Assist staff Aquarists with animal husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium’s Science of Sharks exhibits, Blue Planet Action Center which houses animal ambassadors herps, shorebirds exhibit, live foods program, jellies culturing and exhibits, as well as holding areas supporting these exhibits. 

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Daily care and maintenance of the gallery’s and holding area’s appearance
  • Siphoning from tanks and cleaning filters
  • Food preparation and feeding, including handling raw seafood
  • Daily care and maintenance of the gallery’s and holding area’s appearance
  • Interacting with and answering questions from Aquarium guests
    Observing animals and reporting unusual behaviors
  • Maintaining live food supplies including crickets, fruit flies, mealworms and waxworms
  • Special projects as needed, which may include on-line research and offsite collecting for fish, jellies and other invertebrates
  • Attend professional development sessions with the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office



  • This position requires physical labor; Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Work in confined spaces of varying temperatures, light, and sound levels
  • Capable of working independently in a timely manner
  • Must be comfortable working with animal food items
  • Must have strong interest in Biology, Marine Science, or Animals
  • Previous experience with animals preferred

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.

This mission is fulfilled through exhibits and education, conservation, and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance, and beauty of aquatic life and habitats and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience, seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community, adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship, and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, care, and action.


Department Description: 

The Changing Exhibits staff support the New England Aquarium’s mission to protect the blue planet by creating and maintaining exhibits that encourage the public to care about the ocean and to become involved in conservation.  Specifically, our Science of Sharks Exhibit establishes a connection between visitors and these miss-understood and increasingly imperiled animals.  In addition, in our Shorebird Exhibit we display birds that were injured in the wild and could not survive on their own, and we work to educate the public about bird conservation on local beaches.

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