The New England Aquarium: Aquarist Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1 Central WharfBoston, MA 02110


HIGHEST NEED: Weekday Availability. Volunteers are required to be able to commit to a fixed schedule of the same, consistent day each week for no less than six months.

Assist staff Aquarists with animal husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium's exhibits, including feeding of fish, maintaining aquarium systems and other routine duties related to animal care.

Placements include:

Temperate Gallery,

Freshwater Gallery,

Cold Marine Gallery,

Tropical Gallery,

Yawkey Gallery,

Education Center Wet Lab (tidepool animals),

and West Wing Gallery/Special Exhibits (Currently Science of Sharks)

Responsibilities: Daily care, maintenance and appearance of gallery including food preparation and feeding. Take and record temperatures. Observe fish and report unusual behaviors. Siphon tanks, wash sand and clean filters. Special projects as needed, which may include library research, net repair and exhibit building.

Qualifications: Biology, marine science or animal science experience preferred. Previous experience with animals desired. This position requires physical labor. Applicant must be able to lift 50 pounds. Must be at least 18 years old. We also strongly recommend having a waterproof watch for this position.


  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Aquarium Maintenance
  • Veterinary
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 full,day each week (8am-5pm) for 6 months

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