Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the effect it has had on MG we have decided to cancel our internship program for the summer of 2020. We will run this program again in 2021 and we would like to encourage any potential candidates to reapply then. We are still not sure what this summer will look like at MG but if you would like to get some volunteer time in over the summer please fill out our volunteer application. We will be in touch with any volunteer opportunities that arise as the summer progresses.  



At Maritime Gloucester we have 2 internship tracks: Education and Aquatic Animal Husbandry. Internships are designed to be a learning experience for any college student or recent graduate. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to gain real-world experience and valuable professional development while exploring a career in public marine education and/or aquatic animal husbandry. Please read the entire description of both internships to determine which track is best for you.  



At least 2 full days per week for at least an 8 week period. Extending the internship is a possibility for exceptional candidates.


Our aquarium is home to local species that are brought to us by different branches of our community. Aquarium Interns will work closely with our aquarium manager to gain skills in aquarium equipment and tank maintenance as well as animal husbandry. Aquarium Interns engage with the public, assist visitors with proper animal interactions at our touch tank and assist staff with educational programs. The goal for our aquarium interns is to gain the skills and familiarity with our aquarium systems so that they can operate our aquarium systems without guidance. 


Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Daily care of the Sea Pocket Aquarium’s appearance

  • Taking and recording water quality

  • Collecting animals from Maritime Gloucester’s docks

  • Cleaning filters

  • Collecting and recording marine debris from our marine debris skimmer (Skimmy) and Maritime Gloucester’s docks

  • Guiding visitors through the Sea Pocket Aquarium 

  • Guiding visitors in proper touch tank animal interactions

  • Food preparation and feeding

  • Siphoning debris from tanks


Desired qualities: 

  • A passion for learning, self-responsibility, ability to take initiative and a desire to grow professionally.

  • Biology, marine biology, environmental science or animal science experience preferred but not necessary.

  • This position requires physical labor. Applicant must be able to lift 40 pounds and must be comfortable on a 6 ft step ladder.

  • Applicant must be able to take in and carry out multiple instructions in a timely fashion.

  • Must be 18 years or older.


Maritime Gloucester’s historic and active working waterfront site is an amazing resource for the community and visitors.  Working with staff, education interns will gain skills as educators in hands on interpretive design, curriculum development and teaching techniques. Education interns will assist staff in public programming including field trips and daily drop in programs, with the goal to gain knowledge, skills and confidence for a professional track in education.


Internship Time Commitment:

At least 2 full days per week (10:00 am - 3:00 pm) for at least an 8 week period.


Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Learning existing curriculum and offerings with the goal to take the lead independently during group programs.

  • Team up with staff developing new curriculum offerings for both school and public programs.

  • Assist staff developing hands on interpretation for public engagement throughout the site.


Desired qualities: 


  • Must be professional, well organized, and safety conscious 

  • Enthusiasm and dedication to learn 

  • Desire to teach children and adults in an outdoor setting. Prior field experience is a plus.

  • Education, environmental education, biology, environmental studies, ecology or a related field preferred

  • Proficient computer and technical skills a plus

  • Must be a team player and also able to take on leadership roles and responsibilities