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Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Clinical Intern

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*Spring applications will be available in October

Time commitment: 

Winter: 125 hours minimum

Spring: 12-16 Weeks. At Least Three Full Days per week (8 AM - 6 PM)


Marine Animal Rescue responds to calls to provide medical treatment for whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea turtles. Established in 1968, the Marine Animal Rescue Team has responded to thousands of calls providing medical treatment to stranded, injured and diseased marine animals throughout the New England coastal region. Interns provide support for Rescue staff in all aspects of the program.


  • Administers injections, conducts exams, and performs blood draws on sea turtles
  • Pulls necessary medications for sea turtles based on animal needs and medical staff advice
  • A significant amount of cleaning is required in order to maintain the hospital environment
  • Understand and carry out standard quarantine protocols
  • Facilitate dietary care including food preparations, feeding, and recording daily food intake
  • Assist with procedures by restraining animals for treatments and injections
  • Monitor and keep accurate records of the behavior and health of animals
  • Maintain records including water quality, swim charts and treatment sheets
  • Interns may have the opportunity to assist with necropsies and help with animals in the field


  • Previous advanced level animal handling experience
  • Must be in good physical condition and able to lift 50 pounds
  • Must be able to perform significant cleaning tasks daily
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Note: This internship is extremely competitive; pay close attention in addressing all of the position requirements and qualifications in your cover letter. This position is not available for January term.

Department Description:

Established in 1968, the Marine Animal Rescue Team has responded to thousands of calls providing medical treatment to sick and injured whales, dolphins, porpoise, seals and sea turtles throughout the New England coastal region. The rescue team is also committed to advancing stranding science through post-mortem investigation into the cause of the strandings and/or disease of local marine animal populations.

Organizational Summary:

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.

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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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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