The New England Aquarium: Animal Health Laboratory Volunteer

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Quincy Animal Care Center - New England AquariumQuincy, MA 02169


Animal Health Laboratory Volunteer

Summary: New England Aquarium’s Quincy Animal Care Facility hosts the organization’s Marine Animal Rescue Team and animal populations currently undergoing holding or quarantine procedures.

Animals living under the care of the New England Aquarium rely heavily on analysis work completed by the Animal Health & Environmental Quality teams. These teams analyze environmental elements and blood work daily to ensure the appropriate parameters are met to keep the animals under their care thriving. Volunteers provide support for laboratory staff in all aspects of the program.

Responsibilities: Assist with the chemical and microbiological analysis of water samples under the supervision of Environmental Quality Technical staff Volunteers will be utilizing several techniques to analyze salt and fresh water, including pH meters, spectrophotometers, and titrations. Assist with processing and analysis of sea turtle blood samples under the supervision of Animal Health staff. Completing data entry and analysis for blood data into animal records. Assist Animal Health staff with other medical duties as needed. Assist in maintaining laboratory supplies and inventory


  • Basic chemistry and/or biology background
  • Previous experience in a lab or veterinary environments preferred
  • All positions must be filled by September 15th 2017 and candidates must be available through January 15th 2018.

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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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