Penguin Colony Volunteer


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New England AquariumCentral WharfBoston, MA 02110


Summary: Assist staff with animal husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium's penguin colony, which includes African, Rockhopper, and Little Blue Penguins.

Responsibilities:Prepare food and maintain food preparation area. Clean the penguin exhibit and support area, including washing islands, scrubbing algae/guano, vacuuming pool and rock climbing on penguin islands. Feed penguins and record daily intake for individual birds, observe and monitor the penguins' behavior and physical state. Informally respond to visitors’ questions regarding penguin colony.

Qualifications: Must be able to lift 50 pounds. Also must be over 5'4" due to safety and liability concerns (our exhibit is deeper in certain spots). Biology, marine science or animal science experience preferred. Previous experience with animals desired, but not absolutely necessary. Requires physical labor, including significant bending and climbing (may be very difficult for someone with current or former knee injuries). This position involves heavy cleaning duties. Requires standing in 50-60 degree F water for at least 5-6 hours. Must be able to interact informally with Aquarium visitors.

Special Requirements: Bathing suit required, wool socks recommended

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.

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  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Environmental Education

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 consistent day each week for 6 months or more

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