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Quincy Commissary Volunteer

*We are currently recruiting volunteers for every day of the week*

Required Commitment and onboarding:

Due to the unique nature of this position, successful candidates will be asked to complete the following steps:

  • Successfully pass a screening process and interview with the Office of Volunteer Programs and Internships
  • Complete one half day training (10:00 am to 3:00 pm) during the last week of August or first week of September. Exact TBD. 
  • Commit to volunteering for six 3 hour shifts (8:30am-11:30am) between September and December 31, 2021



  • Diet preparation responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • Carefully following written protocols
    • Strict adherence to kitchen safety and quarantine procedures
    • Food quality control
    • Chopping, cutting, and gutting a variety of fish and shellfish to specified sizes
    • Weighing food amounts using scales
    • Portioning cases of frozen food items into smaller containers
    • Inventory and organization of storage freezer
    • Maintaining records
  • Volunteers are responsible for a significant amount of cleaning including: cleaning food prep room counters and floors, laundry, etc.



  • Previous animal handling or food handling experience is preferred. (Please note these experiences in your volunteer application).
  • Must be in good physical condition and be able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to perform significant cleaning tasks
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Summary: Quincy Commissary Volunteers work alongside Aquarist staff, interns, and volunteers to provide the highest quality nutrition for the roughly 700 animals in our quarantine and holding facility. Volunteers in this role will work to maintain quality control while preparing food for animals ranging from tiny gobies to large stingrays. Mornings will be spent cutting and weighing fish, shellfish, vegetation and other foods to be fed out by the Aquarist team. Additionally, they will spend time cleaning the food prep space and equipment. 


This position reports to the Aquarist staff at New England Aquarium’s offsite facility.


Other information: This position is not located in Boston and is at our Quincy Animal Care Center (QACC) 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 a bus and walking about five minutes.

Department Description: The Quincy Animal Husbandry Team provides care for animals undergoing quarantine prior to going to Boston, provide holding space for larger sharks/teleosts awaiting exhibit display, as well as rearing larval fish and culturing a variety of live foods.  From stingrays to reef fish to feeder shrimp, the NEAq’s QACC cares for a very diverse group of species housed in both small and large systems.

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