About Us and What We Do
7 Seas Whale Watch is accepting interns for its Field Research and Environmental Education Internship. 7 Seas Whale Watch has been operating whale watching tours out of Gloucester since 1983.
We conduct 3-4 hour tours in and around Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Up to 150 people at a time board the Privateer IV, a 108’ aluminum-hulled Gulf Craft, to visit the marine sanctuary where they learn about the marine life, as well as the ecology of the region. We strive to give our passengers the most enjoyable and educational experience possible hoping that those who embark on each trip leave inspired to respect and protect our planet and its millions of species for future generations.
Our passengers vary greatly in age, ethnicity, social class, and education level. Aboard each trip is a naturalist along with interns to help accomplish our goal of educating people about whales and fostering a stronger appreciation and respect for whales and the marine environment. Our naturalist team has developed a wide variety of onboard enrichment activities and educational materials, each of which was designed to engage, educate, and enhance our passenger’s whale watching experience.
Our interns circulate the boat with these educational materials while providing interpretation. Some examples of these educational materials include actual whale artifacts (baleen, teeth, bones, etc), fluke matching games, animations on digital media, conducting plankton tows, etc.
As an intern with 7 Seas Whale Watch, you have a variety of responsibilities. Primarily, your responsibilities include:
- Helping with our onboard education program
- Recording behavioral data on marine mammals
- Photographing whales using a DSLR camera that is provided by 7 Seas Photo-identification of humpbacks in the field
- Answering any questions passengers may have “Ship duty” which is helping the crew ready the boat for departure as well as helping clean the vessel after the trip
Interns work a minimum of 20 hours per week on the boat. There’s no better way to spend the summer then spending it aboard a boat, on the Atlantic Ocean, watching whales. Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds! You do not need to be a science major to apply for this internship. Many past interns have received degrees in a wide variety of fields such as education, history, philosophy, etc.
This internship provides amazing opportunities and we are looking for individuals who will make the most out of their time here. This internship is geared for college students and recent college graduates. However, anyone who is interested in spending time on the ocean and educating the public on a variety of marine topics is encouraged to apply. We are looking for people who are passionate about whales and the marine environment!
Please note that applicants for this position should feel comfortable with basic public speaking skills, teaching in small groups, and working with people of all ages. Most importantly, applicants should have a desire to come on the boat each day and bring excitement. Our crew loves what we do, and we seek out interns who share the same enthusiasm.
Send your resume, a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this internship, and two references to
(or send to)
7 Seas Whale Watch
63 Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
We do rolling admissions which means early applications are strongly encouraged. Applications will be accepted until March 10th. Once your application is received, we will set up an interview and then notify applicants soon after. The whale watching season begins at the start of May and will run until the end of October. We ask that people will devote at least 6 weeks to this internship. This is an unpaid internship, but keep in mind you will be getting valuable experience working in the competitive wildlife research and education field.