Click on the descriptions below to learn more about our roles. Make sure you review these carefully, as each role has different schedules, commitments and requirements.
Guest engagement: Share Shedd stories with guests at exhibits or during paid experiences. Includes strolling interpretation, exhibit interpretation, behind-the-scenes tours and penguin encounters. Now recruiting!
Learning programs: Inspire the next generation of learners at Shedd by engaging with our school-group audience. Now recruiting!
Audience research and evaluation: Help us understand who our guests are, why they visit and how we spark their compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.
Fishes husbandry: Nothing fishy here: It takes a lot to care for our animals! Assist with daily husbandry tasks for fishes, reptiles, invertebrates, small mammals, and amphibians.
Marine mammal husbandry: Help care for some of the popular and charismatic residents of the Abbott Oceanarium: sea lions, sea otters, penguins, and birds of prey.
Water-quality laboratory: Test the waters and help ensure a healthy environment for Shedd's animal collection.
Divers: “Dive in” to volunteering at Shedd and see things from our animals’ perspective. Opportunities are available in several exhibits, and the diving conditions are ideal!
Other volunteer opportunities: Looking for more ways to help? Check out these additional support roles.
What else should I know?
Refer to these Frequently Asked Questions for more information on our program. If you still need assistance, please contact us.
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