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 Marine Mammal Training Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2022, Winter Applications will NOT be accepted

*Fall Applications will be available in April

Time commitment:

14-week minimum commitment, 3-4 days per week 

Second semester interns must be available for a minimum of an additional 12 weeks


The Marine Mammal Department maintains two outdoor pinniped exhibits featuring Atlantic harbor seals, Northern fur seals and California sea lions. The Marine Mammal Internship Program is designed to be a career learning experience and is best suited for individuals serious about careers in marine mammal training and aquatic animal welfare.

Interns assist training staff in all aspects of animal welfare with a strong emphasis on operant conditioning, training techniques, marine mammal husbandry, and enrichment. Interns play an integral role assisting staff during training sessions and presentations, and work in close proximity to the animals.

Second semester interns will have additional responsibilities and more advanced curriculum and mentoring.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Diet preparation
  • Cleaning exhibits, behind the scenes areas, and items used in training and enrichment sessions
  • Mentorship with training staff
  • Assisting trainers during training sessions and presentations
  • Readings and activities related to training and animal welfare topics
  • Creating toys for the animals
  • Conducting enrichment sessions
  • Public presentations
  • Interact informally with Aquarium visitors
  • Behavioral observations
  • Individual project and presentation

Second semester interns will have additional responsibilities including

  • Additional public presentations
  • Marine mammal blogs
  • Animal identification, data and media organization
  • Animal training problem solving activities
  • Shadow/conduct Behind the Scenes Tours
  • Develop enrichment concepts and catalog enrichment data


  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old and have a serious interest in a career working with marine animals
  • Interns must feel comfortable bending and walking on uneven and wet terrain and be able to lift 50 lbs
  • Comfortable using a substantial amount of cleaning with various cleaning agents
  • Comfortable being exposed to all weather conditions
  • Knowledge and understanding of power tool safety is an essential requirement

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.

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