At the Aquarium, our staff is asked all the time about careers in the marine sciences. We have some tips and ideas about things you can do and where to start.
At the New England Aquarium
The best way to evaluate if a career in marine sciences is for you is to get a sense of what it might be like to work in the field. The Aquarium can be a great place to do that.
- If you are 16 or older, you can volunteer as an Aquarium Guide in the Education Department. Once you are 18, you can volunteer in an Animal Husbandry departments.
- If you are a college student, we offer a college internship program.
- If you are a resident of Boston or Cambridge, check out our summer teen internships.
- Or check out the Aquarium’s camp programs.
About Careers in Marine Sciences
- When it comes to hiring, most aquariums look for college graduates who have a degree in a science-related field like marine biology, zoology, animal behavior, veterinary technology or environmental affairs. Make sure your college or university offers internships so you can get real world experience.
- The work is generally demanding; you should be prepared to work long hours and work on weekends.
- If you are interested in working with animals as a trainer, try to get as much hands-on experience as possible. Get experience working in husbandry departments.
- Make sure you volunteer so you can really find out what you like and don't like. Besides volunteering at the Aquarium, other volunteer opportunities are local animal shelters, farms, and 4-H clubs.
- Most marine scientists are SCUBA-certified.
- Don’t Shoot the Dog by Karen Pryor, 1999
- Animal Training by Ken Ramirez, 1999