New York Aquarium
Aquatic Animal Health Center Volunteers

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The Aquatic Animal Health Center at the New York Aquarium offers a great opportunity for qualified volunteers to gain experience in both the laboratory and veterinary fields. All of the functions in our department are critical to the wellness of our animal collection.

Volunteers, for instance, play an important role in performing water quality tests—crucial monitoring to help ensure a healthy environment for our animals. The process may include testing the nitrogen cycle, pH, dissolved oxygen, ozone, chlorine, and fecal coli forms, among other things. Those volunteers interested in the veterinary field will gain valuable experience in developing techniques to perform blood/fecal analysis, cytology, as well as medication dispensing, radiology, and medical procedures.

Data entry, filing medical records, stocking inventory, and keeping our laboratory and surgical suite clean are also part of the job. We are willing to accept and train interested and eager candidates. You must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Volunteer hours for our department are 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

To apply, complete and submit the Personal Information form together with the agreement, release form, and your resume to Roger Williams, the Aquatic Animal Health Volunteer Coordinator (address below). Be sure to indicate your availability to work, as well as for interviews. Positions for the summer months fill quickly, so please apply no later than the end of March. If your application meets our criteria and there are openings, a supervisor of the Aquatic Animal Health Center will contact you to arrange an interview. Please do not send your papers directly to any division or department at the New York Aquarium.

Send to:

Roger Williams
Volunteer Coordinator, Aquatic Animal Health
New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue and West 8th
Brooklyn, New York 11224

Please also note that:

  • No housing is provided to interns or volunteers.
  • Internships are unpaid and are arranged with colleges and universities on a case-by-case basis to meet the needs of their students.

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