The New England Aquarium: Penguin Colony Volunteer

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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.

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

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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.


We'll work with your schedule.


New England AquariumCentral WharfBoston, MA 02110



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




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

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