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Sea Turtle Emergency Response Volunteer

*We are currently not hiring for this position*

Due to Covid-19, we are placing a hiring hold on all Classic Corps Volunteer positions. All applicants will be placed on our wait-list through September 2020. Please email if you have any questions. 

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 two full day (8:00 am to 6:00 pm) training shifts between January 5th and February 29th, 2020


  • A significant amount of cleaning is required in order to maintain the hospital environment. Volunteers are responsible for cleaning floors and surfaces, laundry, etc.
  • Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to:
    • preparing animal diets,
    • feeding
    • restraining animals for treatments and injections
    • maintaining records including water quality, daily food intake, and swim charts


  • Previous animal handling, medical, emergency response experience is preferred. (Please note these experiences in your volunteer profile).
  • Must be in good physical condition and be 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

Summary: The Marine Animal Rescue Team primarily rehabilitates sick or injured endangered sea turtles, and responds to dolphins, whales, porpoises, and seals in the field. Established in 1968, the Marine Animal Rescue Team has responded to thousands of calls for stranded, injured, and diseased marine animals thoughout the New England coastal region.

Turtle Emergency Response Volunteers are needed from mid-November through the end of the year to aid in the Marine Animal Rescue Team's response to the busy New England sea turtle stranding season. During this period, the team will intake and provide critical care for anywhere from 100-700 cold-stunned sea turtles.

Other information: This position is not located in Boston and is at our Animal Care Center located alkone 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.

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