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Aquarist Intern, Yawkey Coral Reef Gallery

Apply now for: Fall 2024

*Fall applications will be available in April. Spring and Winter applications will be available in August.

Time Commitment:

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

Winter: 125 hours minimum


This position assists staff Aquarists with the daily husbandry responsibilities of New England Aquarium’s Yawkey Coral Reef Center. This gallery focuses on habitats and species native to the Caribbean, including animals such as coral, dwarf seahorses, and garden eels. Interns in this role will have the opportunity to learn more about the care for tropical fish and invertebrate species, maintaining aquarium systems and other routine duties related to animal care. 


Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:   

  • Assist with daily husbandry functions including the maintenance of living exhibits, holding, and life support systems  

  • Assist with monitoring water parameters for associated systems 

  • Diet preparation and feeding for living collection 

  • Daily assessment of animal welfare 

  • Daily organization and upkeep for associated behind-the-scene space(s)  

  • Record keeping in regulation to protocols set forth by NEAq 

  • Assist with husbandry maintenance for this gallery’s coral propagation system 

  • Assist with the culture of plankton 

  • Assist staff with on-going projects throughout the gallery 

  • Potential to assist in other areas including: Tropical, Temperate, Northern Waters, and Freshwater 

  • Attend two professional development lunches with the Volunteer Programs and Internships office 


  • Must have strong interest in Biology or Marine Science 

  • The position requires physical labor. Applicant must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to climb multiple flights of stairs  

  • Must be able to take in and carry out multiple instructions and execute them in a timely manner  

  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team  

  • Must be comfortable working with animal food items, including raw seafood  

  • Work in confined spaces of varying temperatures, light, and sound levels  



Organizational Description: 

The New England Aquarium is a catalyst for global change through public engagement and education, commitment to marine animal conservation, innovative scientific research, and effective advocacy for a vital and vibrant ocean.

Department Description: 
The Yawkey Coral Reef Gallery 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. 

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