Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Intern
Apply now for: Fall 2023, Winter 2024, and Spring 2024
*Fall applications will be available in April. Spring and Winter applications will be available in August.
Winter:125 hours minimum
Spring, Summer, Fall: 12-16 weeks. At least Three Full days per week (8 AM - 6 PM)
Our rescuers rehabilitate endangered sea turtles. In the past decade alone, our rescuers have treated and released hundreds of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles as well as many green and loggerhead sea turtles. These numbers are especially significant considering the Kemp’s ridley is the most endangered sea turtle in the world.
Each fall, staff and volunteer walkers from the Massachusetts Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary comb dozens of miles of beach trying to find stranded sea turtles. The turtles are transported to the rescuers and veterinarians at the New England Aquarium with extreme hypothermia, severe dehydration, pneumonia, and often shell or bone fractures. While 2014 was a record-smashing year when 733 turtles were treated at the Animal Care Center in Quincy, on average we treat about 300 turtles each year. Their treatment can last between two and eight months, sometimes longer. Most of the sea turtles that arrive alive at the Aquarium recover and are released back into the ocean.
- 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.
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