|Time commitment||One full day per week (8:00am to 6:00pm) for a period of six months|
Assist staff with basic husbandry responsibilities of the New England Aquarium’s Temperate Gallery, home to the beautiful and ornate sea dragons, playful diamondback terrapins, and the hulking goliath groupers. As the most diverse array of exhibits in the Aquarium including a wide range of water temperatures, types of water, and habitats, working in the Temperate Gallery provides the opportunity to learn a wide variety of duties related to animal care.
Responsibilities: Daily care, maintenance and appearance of the gallery including cleaning exhibit windows, taking and recording temperatures, food preparation and feeding, siphoning detritus from tanks, monitoring water quality, cleaning filters, organizing and cleaning behind the scenes, and collecting animals from the Aquarium docks and local salt marshes for exhibit tanks.
Qualifications: The ability to climb multiple flights of stairs and lift 50 lbs; capable of working independently and as a team; able to take and carry out multiple instructions in a timely manner; comfortable working with live food items such as fruit flies, crickets, and black worms as well as handling deceased animals.