Lobster Aquaculture Lab Volunteer


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Time commitment: One full day (8:00 am.-5:00 p.m.) per week for a period of 6 months


Summary: American lobsters are a cultural icon and one of the most important fisheries in New England. But did you know it takes a lobster 7 years to grow to 1 pound (the legal harvest size)? At the New England Aquarium, larval and juvenile lobsters are raised in a small hatchery and then used in experiments, which have focused on growth, nutrition, and disease.


  • Must have a desire to learn how to care for hundreds of juvenile lobsters in a small research setting.
  • Daily tasks include observing, recording data, and feeding all lobsters in the research collection, collecting and counting newly hatched larvae, changing filters, and cleaning tanks.
  • Opportunities to become a more active participant in ongoing research may become available, but are subject to current progress, research scope, and supervisor discretion.


  • Strong interest in working with animals in a research environment.
  • Must have basic computer skills, be able to follow written protocols, and work independently.
  • Must be comfortable working in a wet laboratory environment, and willing to get dirty.
  • Good attention to detail is essential.
  • Prior lobster experience is not necessary.
  • Must be at least 18 years old.

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