Research and Evaluation Volunteers

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Calling all budding social scientists! This position is ideal for those with an interest in research and evaluation, museum studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, education and learning sciences as well as for those who want to gain practical applied social science research skills.

Research and Evaluation volunteers are at the heart of providing a better understanding of the experience of our diverse audiences: who they are, why they come, what engages them, what they learn and how they connect to Shedd. R&E volunteers should be enthusiastic about interacting with our guests and learning about how we collect and use data.

  • As an R&E volunteer, you will
  • assist with projects like program evaluations, exhibit evaluations and other collaborative research projects;
  • collect data using a multitude of methods including interviews, surveys, observations and interactive evaluation games
  • help with administrative tasks including database management and data entry; and
  • act as a knowledgeable and friendly face of the aquarium while engaging with Shedd audiences.

We’ll provide all necessary training! Apply today to become a part of this dynamic and engaging team.

Please note: This volunteer role does not involve animal contact or research.



Shift times

Weekdays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. or 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Weekends: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. or 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Some flexibility is offered.


Weekly, biweekly and flexible shifts are offered.

What are the benefits of being a volunteer?

• Opportunities to help Shedd fulfill its mission by sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.

• Knowledge gained about our animals and the environments they live in

• Interactions with a diverse group of staff members, volunteers and guests who share a passion for aquatic life

• The chance to see how Shedd works behind the scenes

• Admission to the aquarium and other cultural institutions

• Gift shop and café discounts

• Discounted parking while volunteering

• And more!

Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Us

Still have questions? Email volunteer services.