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Marine Mammal Education and Research Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2024

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

Time commitment: Please see below (Summer Internship Begins Mid-May)


The New England Aquarium is currently seeking Marine Mammal Education & Research Interns to assist with the daily operations of our commercial Whale Watch Cruises, which are offered in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises. Marine Mammal Education & Research Interns are responsible for collecting, and transcribing data of the identification, location, and behavior of marine mammals found in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary region. Interns are also involved in public education aboard the vessels. Additional duties include data entry, photo-identification processing, and educational outreach.

The position will report to Boston Harbor Cruises’ Director of Marine Education & Conservation and will be an active part of the New England Aquarium’s internship community, which includes more than 50 individuals that serve in various departments throughout the Aquarium.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Assists with collecting, transcribing and analyzing field data relating to marine mammals sighted in the Stellwagen Bank Region
  • Provide engaging environmental interpretation for the public while aboard commercial whale watching vessels
  • Provide exceptional customer service to all members of the public, volunteers, interns and staff
  • Assists with a variety of educational outreach opportunities
  • Manages a variety of research related data processing including data entry, photo-identification
  • Assists with minor cleaning of the boats
  • Active participation in NEAq intern community including attendance to trainings and events


  • Requires minimum of 1 year of completed undergraduate study
  • Demonstrated interest in biology, zoology, environmental education, or related field
  • Knowledge of scientific research methods
  • Ability to work and communicate well with others; ability to work independently and on a team
  • Strong scientific, educational, interpersonal and communication skills
  • A desire to educate the public about ocean conservation and biology
  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and willingness to work long days in the field
  • Experience on boats strongly preferred

Time Commitment:

  • Minimum of 12 weeks
  • 3-4 days/week consisting of 1-2 whale watches each day
  • All interns will be scheduled on 1 weekend day and holidays
  • 1 Mandatory Training Session: Summer: Mid May | Fall: Late August 
  • Average about 25 hours/week on the boats
  • Additional time will be spent in office based data entry


Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium is a catalyst for global change through public engagement and education, commitment to marine animal conservation, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for a vital and vibrant ocean.

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