About Shedd


Teeming with life. And we’re talking about our volunteers! 

Want to join our volunteer family? You don’t have to be a marine biologist or a fish expert. Everyone is welcome! If you love to learn and to teach, and you care about protecting the Earth’s resources, you will be a great volunteer.

As a not-for-profit organization, Shedd relies heavily on its volunteer staff. In return for your dedication and hard work, the aquarium provides many benefits and opportunities.

Volunteer Benefits
• Learning and laughing
• New and lasting friendships
• Admission to the aquarium and other culutral institutions
• Gift shop and café discounts
• Social events and opportunities
• Helpful colleagues
• Discounted parking while volunteering
• Wonder and excitement (unlimited!)
• Smiles and thanks from visitors from all over the world
• All this... and everything under the sea!

Apply Now
For more information on our volunteer opportunities and to download our volunteer application, click here. Questions? E-mail us at volunteerservices@sheddaquarium.org.

Animal Trainer Information/Shadowing Requests/Aquatic Science Careers
Due to the overwhelming demand for job-shadowing opportunities each month, we can no longer accommodate these requests.

Please note: We do not offer one-time, court-appointed community, or school service opportunities.


Volunteer honor roll

We're proud of our volunteers—all 800+ of them! During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 15 through 21, we're celebrating those who achieved significant milestones last year, either achieving a new level of hours of service or marking a major anniversary with Shedd. Check out the honor roll—maybe you know one of these great people.

Dive buddies

A select group of certified scuba divers with cold-water experience helps keep the Oceanarium’s pools clean – and sometimes gets “help” from curious belugas and dolphins.

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