Teen Work-Study

Shedd is very excited to offer another season of our work-study program starting this coming September 2019. This session will run through mid-May 2020.  

Shedd is looking for bright, outgoing and motivated Chicago area 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.

At Shedd Aquarium, we believe there should be no boundaries to your experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, or need an alternate way to complete the application, please contact us at mkerr@sheddaquarium.org. We look forward to assisting you.

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 the 2019-2020 School Year Teen Work Study are due August 13, 2019.

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

- August 13: Applications Due
- September 4 & 5: Interviews
- September 26: New Employee Orientation (evening hours)
- September 28: Teambuilding Field Trip
- October 5-6: Training
- October 12: Regular shifts start

-December 23-January 1: Break
- April 4, 2020: Stewardship Field Trip
- May 16, 2020: Final work day/celebration

Hours and Schedules

During the fall and spring seasons, participants work Saturdays or 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.”