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Aquarist Intern, Freshwater Gallery

Apply now for: Fall 2022

*Fall applications will be available in April. Winter & Spring applications will be available in August

Time commitment: 

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

Winter: 125 hours minimum


Interns assist staff Aquarists with basic animal husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium's Freshwater Gallery, including feeding of fish, reptiles and amphibians, 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, cichilds, and salmon.


  • Daily care, maintenance of the gallery's appearance
  • Food preparation and feeding
  • Removing and siphoning detritus from exhibits and holding tanks
  • Monitoring water levels and water quality
  • Cleaning exhibit windows
  • Cleaning filters
  • Maintaining live fruit flies
  • Interacting and answering questions from visitors
  • Organizing and cleaning behind the scenes
  • Attend required professional development sessions with the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office


  • Must be comfortable working with live food items such as fruit flies, crickets, and black worms
  • Must be comfortable with handling deceased animals
  • Must be able to work indepently as well as with a team
  • The ability to take in and carry out multiple instructions in a timely manner
  • This position requires physical labor. Applicant must be able to lift 40lbs. Must be able to climb multiple flights of stairs and utilize 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.

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