Penguin Colony Volunteer
|Available||Available for weekday positions|
|Time commitment||One full day (8:00am - 6:00pm) per week for a period of 6 months|
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 18 years old and 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. Wool socks recommended.
-In general, research proposals will not be accepted.
- Our colony is currently separated and our penguins reside in an on-site enclosure and off-site enclosure. If you have access to a car, please mention this in your application.