The first thing I would say is to make sure you are going to be introduced to the areas of your specific interest.
You will need to decide what exactly what it is you want to do.
There is the research side, and then you may want to have more contact with the the animals.
You want to be around people or a team that share your passion, and eagerness to learn.
Do your homework, Call the location and ask for a tour. Some times the school will let you sit in on a class, or lecture.
Volunteering is the best time! You are relaxed and have not yet committed to a job, or rigorous school schedule.
Take advantage of your early decision making to explore, talk to people, and see if what you imagine is what it's really like to do do the work.
I am so excited for you as you begin the next phase of your personal and career development!
Wishing you the best of luck!
Deborah D. recommends the following next steps:
• The New England Aquarium has a couple of programs to try. There is Live Blue Ambassadors and ClimaTeens that you can look into for a volunteering opportunity.
• check out your local zoo for jobs
• go to MA dept of environmental protection or dept of marine fisheries websites to see what they have to offer
• MA Audubon
• nature conservancy
• local colleges like UMASS Boston or Boston University for volunteering and some summer courses you may to try
• marine rescue and rehabilitation which can be through NE Aquarium or other colleges like College of the Atlantic, Boston Univeristy
• Peru MA conservation commission
• National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service does have a volunteer program
• BEAT = Berkshire Environmental Action Team
• Marine wildlife internships you look at this website, https://necwa.org/necwa_internship.html
You may want to consider volunteering or completing an internship at a local zoo or aquarium. This experience can provide you with the opportunity to learn more. There are also several non-profit agencies that need volunteers, SeaWorld and the Marine Conservation Organization are a few of the most popular.
What a great question and thank you for sharing about your interests.
Take time to research different jobs and careers that interest you and check out sites like Glass Door, Indeed or LinkedIn where you can look up these careers often by geographical area and see what individuals are saying about their jobs.
You may also be able to find volunteer opportunities by searching by these key words on some of the links below and this could lead to additional organizations or individuals to reach out. Do you have an aquarium near you? I have also seen opportunities where local aquariums look for volunteers to help and may even find free informational sessions and tours available.
Best wishes for success in your education, life and career goals.
Melisa recommends the following next steps: