Available Accepting Applications for Waitlist
Time commitment Minimum one full day per week
Responsibilities

The New England Aquarium is currently looking for a volunteer to assist in the day to day operations of our Research Department.  This volunteer will help with coral husbandry and assist other interns with an on-going coral stress lab experiment.  The experiment is overseen by Principle Investigator Randi Rotjan and PhD Candidate Liz Burmester.  This is an excellent opportunity for applicants interested in gaining husbandry experience in addition to interacting with interns from various neighborhood universities also participating in the project. 

Project Description:

Applicant will have the opportunity to work on a wound-healing and regeneration experiment with a temperate star coral, which is a lab model for understanding the relationship between tropical corals and symbionts. 

 

Responsibilities:

-Feed corals

-Clean corals

-Clean tanks

-Particpate in ongoing research projects

-Other duties as necessary and assigned

-If scheduling allowed, volunteer will be invited to attend lab meetings to hear about current science, troubleshoot lab issues, and schedule lab events

 

Skills/Qualifications:

-Ability to work well independently and as part of a team

-Must be detail oriented and organized

-High school graduate

-Available at least 1 full day/week

-Demonstrated interest in scientific research

 

 

Preferred Qualifications:

-Previous husbandry experience

-Flexible schedule

-Experience with scientific research projects. 

 

Organizational Description:

The New England Aquarium’s mission is to protect the blue planet through hands-on programs, live animal and interactive exhibits, public lectures and forums, and research and conservation projects.

This mission is fulfilled through exhibits and education, conservation, and research programs. Exhibits showcase the diversity, importance, and beauty of aquatic life and habitats and highlight critical aquatic conservation issues. Programs emphasize species, habitats and issues critical to New England. The Aquarium is also a pioneer in marine animal rescue and a leading ocean conservation organization with research scientists working around the globe.

The New England Aquarium serves as a responsive community resource that attracts and involves the broadest possible audience, seeks a culturally diverse staff and governing board that reflect our community, adheres to the highest standards of animal stewardship, and is committed to delivering the highest quality visitor experience in a welcoming and enjoyable manner that evokes wonder, curiosity, understanding, care, and action.