Age: 18+ | Shift times: Morning-Mid-Afternoon, Monday−Sunday | Commitment: 6 months (weekday) or 1 year (two weekend days per month)
Calling all budding social scientists! This position is ideal for those with an interest in research and evaluation, museum studies, sociology, psychology, anthropology, marketing, education, learning sciences and those who want to gain practical, applied social science research skills. Through specialized training, AR&E volunteers will be at the heart of gathering data about Shedd Aquarium’s guests. Helping us understand who they are, why they come, what engages them, what they learn, and how they connect to animals and the living world. Apply today to become a part of this dynamic and engaging team.
Field Research Volunteer
Field research volunteers will help provide Shedd with a better understanding of the experience of our diverse audiences as they support various visitor studies projects. Projects might include impact research, exhibit evaluations, market research, and the like. Acting as a social science researcher, volunteers will provide critical support to our understanding of the guest experience by assisting with the implementation of mixed-methods research and evaluation. Volunteers will collect data using a multitude of methods including, interviews, surveys, observations, and other interactive evaluation games. Volunteers will also support other administrative tasks including database management and data entry. Field research volunteers will be a knowledgeable and friendly face of the Aquarium as they engage with Shedd audiences and collect valuable information on the experience of Shedd’s guests.
Family Research Volunteer
Family research volunteers will help provide Shedd with a better understanding of the experience of its youngest visitors as they engage with children and families in Shedd’s Polar Play Zone exhibit. As a participant observer, volunteers will provide critical support to our understanding of the family experience by assisting with the implementation of qualitative ethnographic research. Volunteers will collect data as they engage children and families in exhibit-based play and conduct informal interviews and/or unobtrusive observations. Volunteers will be a knowledgeable and friendly face of the Aquarium as they engage with Shedd audiences and collect valuable information on the experience of children and families.