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Husbandry Dive Intern, Quincy Animal Care Center

Apply now for: Fall 2023

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


Time commitment:

12-16 weeks - At least Two/Three Days per week 



The main focus of the Husbandry Dive Intern is to assist staff in the maintenance of the large holding systems at the Quincy Animal Care Center. These systems are used to hold a variety of animals including sharks, stingrays and teleosts being quarantined or as backup holding for larger animals awaiting exhibit display. All maintenance will be done while SCUBA diving under the NEAq's scientific diver certification program.


  • SCUBA diving in the large tanks for cleaning (scrubbing, vacuuming, etc.)
  • Daily care, maintenance, and appearance of the facility, plus a significant amount of cleaning to maintain the quarantine environment
  • Daily husbandry tasks:
    • Food prep
    • Tank maintenance (changing bag filters, cleaning protein skimmers, etc.)
    • Surface feedings (no feeding dives)
    • Maintaining records


  • Strong interest in biology and marine science, previous experience with animals preferred
  • Must have logged a minimum of 25 open water dives, at least 5 of which must have taken place in the previous 12 month period.
    • These dives are in addition to certification checkout dives
  • This position requires physical labor, must be able to lift 40lbs and be at least 18 years old
  • Must be able to work independently and as a team

This position is not located in Boston and is at our Animal Care Center located along the Fore River in Quincy. Transportation to this facility is easiest by car but one can also reach the facility by public transportation. Public transportation requires taking the Redline to Quincy Center, transferring to bus, and walking about 5 minutes.

Required Events:

  • Orientation (takes place prior to first training or shift with department)
  • Meet and Greet
  • Two Professional Development sessions 
  • Intern Celebration
  • Exit Interview

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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