Marine Mammal & Sea Turtle Rescue Intern

Apply now for: Fall 2019, Winter 2019/2020, Spring 2020

Time commitment: 

Winter: 125 Hours minimum

Fall: 12-16 Weeks. At least Two Full Per Week (8:00 am-5:00 pm)

Spring: 12-16 Weeks. At least Two Full Per Week (8:00 am-5:00 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. 


  • A significant amount of cleaning is required in order to maintain the hospital environment
  • Follow standard quarantine protocols
  • Food preparation and feeding of animals
  • Restraining animals for treatments and injections
  • Monitoring behavior and health of animals
  • Maintaining records including water quality, daily food intake, swim charts and treatment sheets
  • Interns may have the opportunity to assist with necropsies and help with animals in the field


  • Previous 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.

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.

To Apply: 

If you're applying for Fall 2019 cycle, please apply here

If you're applying for Winter 2019 cycle or Spring 2020 cycle, please register an account here then click “Submit an Application” in the menu bar. If you already have an account, please log in and click "Submit an Application."




Visit: Frequently Asked Questions

E-mail: intern@neaq.org

Applications should be submitted by*:

Spring: December 1st

Summer: January 31st


May 1st for the: Marine Mammal, Penguin Colony, Marine Mammal, and Sea Turtle Rescue, and Human Resources internships.

June 1st for all others

Winter: October 16th

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


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