The New England Aquarium: Marine Mammal Dive Volunteer (Weekdays)
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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. Volunteer divers will assist the Marine Mammal Department staff in the underwater care and maintenance of various marine mammal exhibits and holding areas that feature our Atlantic harbor seals, northern fur seals, and California sea lions.
NOTE: Candidates MUST be SCUBA certified from a nationally recognized dive training program at the time of application.
Responsibilities: Maintenance work includes window washing, scrubbing, and vacuuming of exhibit rock work, walls, and floors with brushes, scrub pads and/or motorized scrubbers, and soft mesh material. Divers must be able to communicate clearly with all staff as well as follow written or verbal instructions. Dives may or may not take place while animals are on exhibit. Volunteer divers may dive solo on exhibit with a surface tender or with another diver.
·SCUBA certification by a nationally recognized dive training program.
·Must have logged a minimum of fifteen (15) open water dives, at least five (5) of which must have taken place in the last twelve (12) months. These dives are in addition to certification checkout dives
·Medical clearance to dive based on requirements outlined in NEAq Medical Dive Forms.
·Completion of a Giant Ocean Tank checkout dive under the supervision of the NEAq Dive Safety Officer.
·Ability to work in various climates throughout the year.
·Ability to walk on wet, slippery surfaces in full scuba gear and must be able to list forty (40) pounds unassisted.
·Physical demands may also include bending, stooping, repetitive motion, lifting, reaching, climbing and swimming.
About New England Aquarium
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, US
Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource. The Aquarium is redefining what it means to be an aquarium: combining education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean. Through a wide variety of educational programs and conservation initiatives, we make a lasting impact globally. We fulfill our through our educational exhibits, research programs, and conservation projects around the world. Volunteers and interns play an integral role at the New England Aquarium, working side by side with our staff, gaining a unique set of skills, resources and contacts.
The mission of the New England Aquarium is to increase understanding of aquatic life and environments, to enable people to act to conserve the world of water, and to provide leadership for the preservation and sustainable use of aquatic resources.
This mission is fulfilled through exhibits, and through 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 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, caring and action.
We'll work with your schedule.
New England AquariumCentral WharfBoston, MA 02110
- Facilities Management
- Environmental Science
- Animal Care / Handling
- Water Recreation
- Orientation or Training
- Same consistent day each week for 6 months
- 15 total logged dives, 5 within the past year