Phoenix Islands Protected Area Intern

Organization: New England Aquarium (AZA Member)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Job or Internship: Job


The New England Aquarium's Conservation Department aims to integrate scientific information, public outreach and policy initiative to effect lasting change in the ocean environment. Major emphases within the department at this time include sustainable seafood, marine conservation films, and innovative marine conservation initiatives around the world, including the development of marine protected areas.

Position Summary:

The Conservation Department is currently looking for an intern to help with a research project related to our Phoenix Islands Protected Area initiative. This position is based on a two day per week commitment. Ideal candidates should be seniors or post-grads looking for conservation related experience.

Duties/Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

-Research and gather information and create annotated bibliographies and draft review papers on marine mammals in the Phoenix Islands.

-Use GIS software to create maps and analyze data.

-Some offsite travel to libraries and museums may be required.

-Develop content for the Phoenix Islands Protected Area website and social media sites, including Facebook page, and for use educating visitors in the main building.

-Other miscellaneous duties in support of Conservation Department Initiatives.


-Bachelor's degree and some master's level work preferred.

-Advanced coursework in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) preferred.

-Must have an interest in marine conservation.

-Strong organizational and communication skills are required.

-Highly computer literate, including strong familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop and associated spatial analysis tools).

-Microsoft programs and internet-based research skills.

-Proficiency with online scientific literature databases and searches and the program EndNote a plus.

-Professionalism and comfort working independently in an office environment are required.


Two days a week (Monday through Friday)

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 through 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 issue 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, caring and action.

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