Aquarist Intern, Freshwater Gallery

Apply now for:   Fall 2019, Winter 2019/2020, Spring 2020 

Time commitment: 

Winter: 125 Hours minimum

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

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


Interns in this gallery assist staff Aquarists with animal husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium's Freshwater Gallery, including feeding of fish, frogs and snakes, maintaining aquarium systems and other routine duties related to animal care. This gallery focuses on freshwater areas from the Amazon River Basin to the rivers of North America. Interns have the opportunity to learn more about the daily care of animals such as piranhas, anacondas, salmon, and Surinam Toads while discovering the design and vision of aquarium exhibits.


  • Daily care, maintenance and appearance of the gallery
  • Food preparation and feeding
  • Removing and siphoning detritus from exhibits and holding tanks
  • Monitoring water levels and water quality
  • Cleaning acrylic exhibit windows, cleaning filters
  • Maintaining live fruit flies
  • Interacting and answering questions from visitors
  • Organizing and cleaning behind the scenes
  • Collecting animals from the Aquarium docks and the possibility of local New England collecting trips
  • Attend two professional development sessions with the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office




  • Comfortable working with large snakes, live food items such as fruit flies, earthworms and black worms and handling deceased animal
  • The ability to climb multiple flights of stairs
  • The ability to lift and carry 40 lbs
  • The ability to work independently and as a team
  • Take and carry out multiple instructions in a timely manner
  • Using small ladders

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 through 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, caring and action.

Department Description:

The Freshwater Gallery 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.

To Apply: 

If you're applying for Fall 2019 cycle, please apply here

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E-mail: intern@neaq.org

Applications should be submitted by*:

Spring: December 1st

Summer: January 31st

Fall: June 1st

Winter: October 16th

*Priority given to students applying by this date. Full application details available here.

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