The New England Aquarium: Anderson Cabot Center Database Volunteer

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Position Summary:

The Marine Conservation Action Fund (a part of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life) is seeking an organized volunteer to assist in the development of a Marine Conservation Leadership Fellows Database. The MCAF Program is a micro-granting program that addresses critical needs in the marine conservation field and has funded over 140 projects in over 40 countries. Since its inception in 1999, MCAF has supported researchers gathering key data on threatened and endangered animals, aided grassroots leaders in engaging and educating communities through local conservation projects and supported efforts to offer long-term protection for marine species and habitats. The MCAF Fellows Program brings high-performing MCAF grantees to the New England Aquarium to strengthen their connections with Anderson Cabot Center researchers, build their capacity to convey their work and raise awareness among peers and the public. The intended outcome of creating a database will compare our evolving Fellows Program to other Fellows Program in the conservation field, as well as create a primary data and information source for our current core Fellows which will continue to expand over time. We seek the development of a 2 part database system. The first task will be to develop an external database through excel on existing Fellowship Programs from other like organizations, which will include Fellowship requirements, events, benefits, cost analysis and structuring. This will require extensive internet research. The second task is to continue building and developing our current core Fellowship database in excel, which will consist adding Fellow evaluations, bios, project proposals, visiting activities, social media tracking, and cross collaborations with New England Aquarium projects and other Fellow projects globally.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Development of an External Fellowship Program Database and continued support/additions to current Core Fellowship Database. Online Research, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, directly communicating with external organizations, reviewing social media of MCAF and current core Fellows social blogs/pages


Include any specific degree or course requirements, specific skills or experience, and any preferred characteristics (work independently, problem solving, etc.)
* Exceptional attention to detail and organization skills
* Proficient in Online Researching, Researching Social Media, and MS Excel * Has a understanding in Global Marine Conservation
* Highly self-motivated and able to complete tasks independently following training. Learns quickly.
* Follows directions carefully to perform tasks consistently. Accepts guidance and directions when given.
* Experience with reading scientific publications preferred.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, positive attitude about hard work.


Volunteer will commit 1 weekday per week, preferably Tuesdays to Thursdays, but schedule is negotiable. Volunteer can start as early as April ideally, but May through September is also acceptable. Volunteer will have opportunity to continue volunteering beyond this timeframe.

Program/Project Description:

At the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life, we apply innovative, science-based solutions to combat the unprecedented threat to our oceans represented by climate change and other human activities. We’re saving species, habitats, and strengthening the overall health of our oceans. We combine pioneering marine conservation research with strategic partnerships, and the formidable convening power of the New England Aquarium to combat the unprecedented impacts of human activities on our oceans. For decades, our scientists have been actively working to protect ecosystems from human impacts and conserve threatened animals and habitats. Our conservation and research projects span the globe, from protecting the North Atlantic right whale in New England to helping the next generation of conservation leaders in the developing world. Specifically, the Marine Conservation Action Fund Team’s (part of the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life) mission is to protect and promote ocean biodiversity through small-scale, time sensitive, community based programs and to foster the long-term success of conservation leaders as agents for the ocean. The Marine Conservation Leadership aims to Invest and Inspire Marine Conservation Leaders through our Fellows Program. MCAF aims to ensure these conservation leaders have the financial and professional support they need to be successful.

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New England AquariumCentral WharfBoston, MA 02110



  • Data Entry
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Administrative Support




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 weekday each week from April 2018 onward

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