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Penguin Colony Intern

Apply now for: Winter 2019 
Time commitment: Winter: 125 Hours minimum. 



The New England Aquarium’s Penguin Colony is an open air, 150,000 gallon saltwater exhibit. It has 6 manmade islands with water temperatures ranging from 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit. It is home to 3 different types of temperate climate penguins-the Southern Rockhopper penguin, Little Blue penguin, and the endangered African penguin.

Penguin Colony Interns assist the penguin staff with the daily husbandry and programming requirements for the exhibit.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  

  • Prepare food twice a day for the penguins
  • Help maintain and organize food preparation area
  • Assist with the cleaning of the penguin exhibit and support area;  This involves washing/ scrubbing habitats and disinfecting materials
  • Assist the staff with feeding the penguins by recording daily intakes for individual birds and document observations of behaviors
  • Will be responsible for formal presentations given to the Aquarium’s visitors


  • Biology, Marine Science or Animal Science major preferred but not required; Previous experience with animals desired
  • This position requires extreme physical labor including crawling, lifting, bending, reaching, and scrubbing while rock-climbing; 90 % of this work is done wearing a coldwater neoprene SCUBA diving suit
  • This position involves heavy cleaning duties
  • It requires standing in 50-60 degree Fahrenheit water for at least 5-6 hours
  • Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Due to the water level, applicants must be at least 5'4" in order to stand in the exhibit

**** Because of the physical demands, this position may be difficult for people with active or former knee and back injuries.

Required Gear:

  • Wool socks
  • Long sleeve rash guards or lycra skins
  • Bathing suits


Special Note: In general, research proposals or semester projects will not be accepted.

To Apply: 

Winter 2019: Please apply here.



Visit: Frequently Asked Questions

E-mail: intern@neaq.org

Call: 617-973-5235

Applications should be submitted by*:

Spring: November 1st

Summer: January 31st

Fall: June 1st

Winter: October 16th

*Priority given to candidates applying by this date. Full application details available here.

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