Aquatic Animal Health Center Volunteers

Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS

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 of this department are critical for the wellness of our animal collection.

Volunteers play an important role in performing water quality tests on a routine basis. Water quality monitoring helps ensure a healthy environment for our animals. Such monitoring may include testing of the nitrogen cycle, pH, dissolved oxygen, ozone, chlorine, and fecal coli forms, among others. Those volunteers interested in the veterinary field 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.

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

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. To apply, submit the completed Personal Information form together with the agreement, release form, and your résumé to Roger Williams, the Aquatic Animal Health Volunteer Coordinator. Be sure to indicate your availability for working as well as for interviews. Positions for summer months fill quickly, so you are encouraged to 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 of 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.