The New England Aquarium Needs Your Help!

Every year endangered sea turtles swim north into New England waters and move south again as Fall approaches. Many turtles, particularly the juveniles, can become cold stunned, entangled, struck by boats and diseases and become stranded on our beaches. Turtles are recovered by our volunteers and partner organizations and are brought to the New England Aquarium’s Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Due to the nature of this facility’s work we are always looking for dedicated and talented volunteers to help us in caring for these animals. Below you will find postings for some of our highest need positions.

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


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

Rescue and Rehabilitation Volunteer

The Rescue and Rehabilitation Program takes responsibility for the collection and care of sick and debilitated sea turtles and seals found along the New England coast. The vast majority of the fall/winter animals are sea turtles. These animals are brought to the New England Aquarium where they are given special care and treatment. Associates provide support for paid staff in all aspects of the program.

Prepare formula and fish. Tube animals, feed other animals under care in facility. Significant cleaning required. Monitor behavior and health of animals, maintain records. Clean work area and equipment at the end of the day. Follow standard quarantine procedures.


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.
  • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older to apply.
  • Volunteers must have your own transportation because this program is offsite at our Animal Care Center in Quincy, MA.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to learn quickly and be motivated to work independently
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds

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


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