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Aquarist Intern, Interactive Exhibits

Apply now for: Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024

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

Time commitment: 

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

Winter: 125 hours minimum


Assist staff Aquarists with animal husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium’s
Shark and Ray Touch Tank, Edge of Sea Tidepool Touch Tank (currently closed to the public) and surrounding exhibits, live coral and mangrove exhibits, headstart turtle program, shark and ray rearing program, as well as holding areas supporting these exhibits.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Food preparation and feeding, including handling raw seafood
  • Siphoning tanks and cleaning filters
  • Daily care and maintenance of the gallery’s and holding area’s appearance
  • Observing animals and reporting unusual behaviors
  • Attend professional development sessions with the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office



  • Must have strong interest in Biology, Marine Science, or Animals
  • Previous experience with animals preferred
  • This position requires physical labor; Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds, the ability to climb multiple flights of stairs, and utilize small ladders
  • Work in confined spaces of varying temperature, light, and sound levels. 

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 West Wing 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 Shark and Ray Touch Tank and our Shark and Ray Nurseries establish a connection between visitors and these miss-understood and increasingly imperiled animals. 

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