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 Aquarist Intern, Shorebird Exhibit (Summer Only)

Apply now for: Summer 2017
Time commitment: At Least 2 Full Days A Week (8:00 am-5:00 pm)


Assist Aquarists with the husbandry responsibilities of NEAq’s shorebird exhibit, which features local shorebirds as well as local marine life. Interns participate in collecting trips for local fish, invertebrates and plants. In addition, there may be the opportunity to observe and assist with bird health procedures. 

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Daily care and maintenance of exhibits and holding areas
  • Food preparation and feeding (with a focus on learning the routine care of the shorebird exhibit)
  • Observe birds, fish, and inverts and report unusual behaviors
  • Clean exhibits and filters and maintain live food supplies, including crickets and mealworms
  • Special projects as needed, including creation of a fish and invert ID book
  • The intern may also have the opportunity to work with the New England Aquarium’s shark and ray touch tank exhibit and jellies exhibit
  • Attend two professional development lunches with the Volunteer Programs and Internships Office


  • Must have strong interest in Biology, Marine Science or Animals
  • Previous experience with animals, especially birds, preferred
  • This position requires physical labor; Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds

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 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, care, and action.

Department Description: 

The West Wing staff support the New England Aquarium’s mission to protect the blue planet by creating and maintaining exhibits that encourage the public to care about the ocean and to become involved in conservation. Specifically, our Shark and Ray Touch Tank and our Shark Nursery exhibit establish a connection between visitors and these miss-understood and increasingly imperiled animals. In addition, in our Shorebird Exhibit we display birds that were injured in the wild and could not survive on their own, and we work to educate the public about bird conservation on local beaches.

*Note: This position is available for the summer only.

To Apply:
Please follow this link to begin your application.


Visit: Frequently Asked Questions

E-mail: intern@neaq.org

Call: 617-973-5235 

Applications should be submitted by*:

Spring: November 1st

Summer: January 31st

Fall: June 1st

Winter: October 16th

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

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf , Boston, MA 02110 
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