New England Aquarium

Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Date Posted:
March 02, 2020

Central Massachusetts



Aquarist, Sustainability


The New England Aquarium is seeking an Aquarist to join our Sustainability area within the Fishes department.The ideal candidate for this position will have previous experience working (whether on staff, or as an intern or volunteer) across a range of departments and exhibits within the New England Aquarium or a similar institution. This candidate must be able to handle multiple and varied assignments while working within different departmental teams and be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with numerous coworkers and supervisors concurrently. Please note all Aquarist levels will be considered for this position.


Tuesday - Saturday approximately 40 hours weekly.

  • Provides daily care of assigned exhibits, holding systems, support spaces, and life support systems according to established standards of appearance and animal care.
  • Makes daily observations of specimens for health assessment according to established norms of animal's behavior and appearance. Identifies common diseases and conditions appropriate to assigned areas. With the direction of the supervisor and in conjunction with the Animal Health Department, establishes appropriate dietary regime, medications and supplements, and enrichment requirements.
  • Maintains written records and submits entries via NEAq's specimen database system TRACKS e.g. accessions, dispositions, moves, behaviors, mortalities, in accordance with proper husbandry practices and institutional policy.
  • Manages water quality and environmental parameters in assigned exhibits and holding tanks in conjunction with the Environmental Quality Department.
  • Acquires specimens for assigned exhibits by assisting with the following: organizing collecting trips, arranging for exchanges, breeding, rehabilitating and or specimen purchases from approved sources.
  • Manages life support systems and participates in the design, upgrade and installation of such systems.
  • Assists in directing the activities of Assistant Aquarists, interns, and volunteers.
  • May be required to work typical weekend days, some holidays, some nights, and respond to emergencies at all hours.
  • Depending on assignment, may be routinely expected to perform public presentations regarding animals and exhibits in various locations.
  • Provides alternate coverage for other Aquarists and is available for cross-training, as assigned.
  • Performs other position-related duties, as assigned.
  • Fosters good working relationships within the department and throughout the institution.

Minimum Training and Experience

  • Requires Bachelor's degree and 3 months of experience in general animal husbandry
  • Major or concentration in science preferred.
  • Husbandry experience with seadragons preferred.
  • Aquaculture experience preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Internationally recognized SCUBA diving certification
  • Ability to obtain Medical Examiner's authorization to SCUBA dive in accordance with NEAq Diving Program
  • Valid Driver's License and the willingness to drive a 24' Box Truck.
  • Ability to obtain Medical Examiner's Certificate in accordance with Motor Carrier Safety Regulation (49 CFR 391.41-391.49)
  • Demonstrates the ability to set own priorities; work without constant supervision, and without the need to consult others on a routine basis.
  • Has leadership and organizational abilities
  • Interacts with colleagues, media and the public in a professional manner.

Physical Demands

The physical demands listed are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to talk, hear, sit, stand, walk, bend/stoop, crawl/kneel, carry, dive, reach, climb/balance, push/pull read and lift up to 99 lbs. Occasionally employee will lift 100 lbs or more. Employee is required to apply significant manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination such as in high-volume, high speed keyboard input, data entry, the operation of manually controlled equipment, complex instrumentation, etc. The employee must have good vision to read documents for general understanding and for analytical purposes. The employee will be required to review non-written materials for general observation purposes and for analytical, detailed purposes. It is necessary for the employee to differentiate between colors.

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New England Aquarium is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer as defined by the EEOC

How To Apply:
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Apply by:
March 10, 2020
About this Organization:
Founded in 1969, the New England Aquarium is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is redefining what it means to be an aquarium: combining education, entertainment and action to address the most challenging problems facing the ocean. Through a wide variety of educational programs and conservation initiatives, we make a lasting impact globally.