Teen Work-Study

Shedd is very excited to offer another season of our work-study program starting this coming May 2019. This session will run through mid-August 2019. 

Shedd is looking for bright, outgoing and motivated teens for our work-study program on weekends during the school year.

Applicants should possess or want to develop strong communication skills and a connection to Shedd's collection and mission, and have a desire to work in a team environment interacting with the public. This is a professional paid work experience.

Young Naturalists

Individuals interested in sharing animal information with guests will work with Shedd's guest engagement staff to learn the art of connecting animals with guests while in Shedd's exhibits. They will facilitate theme-based interpretation, play engagements, and other educational experiences.


Applications for Summer 2019 are now closed.

Age and Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in high school at the time of the program (minimum of 15 years old). A work permit is not needed to apply. 

A work permit is required for accepted applicants who are 15 years old.

Program Dates

- April 19: Applications Due
- May 1: Interviews
- May 29: New Employee Orientation (evening hours)
- June 15: Teambuilding Field Trip (no ACT/SAT)
- June 21-22: Training
- June 23: Regular shifts start
- July 24: Stewardship Field Trip
- August 8: Final work day/celebration

Hours and Schedules

During the fall and spring seasons, participants work Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the summer season, participants work three days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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What our participants had to say

I love working at Shedd because my summer has a benefit to society. Working here promotes conservation and saving natural resources. I can be a part of so much more than a building with fish, and I'm so proud!"

“I learned that I fit into a program where it takes a lot of people working together to accomplish a common goal. Everyone has different strengths and if we combine them all, we can accomplish anything.”

“This really added to my understanding of animal behavior (which includes their eating nuances, training behavior, etc.) and of the practices at Shedd to monitor and maintain animal health.”