The New England Aquarium: Aquarist Volunteer - Quincy Animal Care Center

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New England Aquarium

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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.

We are currently recruiting for volunteers for our Quincy Animal Care Center which handles exhibit animal quarantine. Positions are available for any day of the week, Sunday-Saturday. Volunteers commit to one consistent day per week for a period of six months, the application can be found here:

The Aquarist Volunteer position will assist staff with basic husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium’s offsite holding facility in Quincy, MA, which cares for animals being quarantined and/or awaiting exhibit display. From sharks to corals to endangered shorebirds, working at the NEAq’s Animal Care Center presents an opportunity to care for a very diverse group of species, both small and large systems.

Responsibilities: Daily care, maintenance, and appearance of the facility, plus a significant amount of cleaning to maintain the quarantine environment. Additional responsibilities include food preparation and surface feedings, cleaning filters, maintaining records, organizing dry storage, assisting with the transport of animals, and providing support to divers. Special projects as needed, such as online research or local salt marsh collecting.

Qualifications: Strong interest in biology and marine science, previous experience with animals preferred. This position requires physical labor, must be able to lift 40 lbs and be at least 18 years old. Applicant must be able to work independently and as a team; the ability to take and carry out multiple instructions in a timely manner; be comfortable working with live foods such as crickets and black worms, as well as handling deceased animals. Scuba certification helpful.

To Apply: Visit and create a volunteer account. Once registered you can search and apply for available opportunities.

This position is not located in Boston and is at our Animal Care Center located along 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 bus, and walking about 5 minutes.

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About New England Aquarium


Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, US

Mission Statement

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.


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Quincy Animal Care Center - New England AquariumQuincy, MA 02169



  • Facilities Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Plumbing




  • 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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