Spark curiosity, compassion and conservation for the aquatic animal world with Shedd’s diverse audiences. Share amazing animal stories in exhibits, connect guests to animals at touch pool habitats and in learning labs, and inspire conservation through hands-on activities both at the aquarium and in the community. After general Aquarium Ambassador training, volunteers will receive specialized training in one of the following Ambassador roles of their choice. Additional Ambassador roles can be acquired upon completion of initial commitment.
We welcome volunteers at all levels of knowledge, from beginner to expert! All necessary training will be provided.
16+ individually; 12-15 with an adult, unless otherwise noted
Weekly, biweekly, or flexible shifts, a.m. and p.m. Varies by Ambassador role.
What do Aquarium Ambassadors do?
Promote self-discovery in various exhibits, engaging guests with relevant animal information and providing great customer service for audiences of various backgrounds.
Touch Experience Ambassador
Facilitate animal contact at the aquarium’s live-animal touch pools while providing a safe environment for guests. These volunteers encourage guests to explore live animals such as sea stars through interactive engagements.
Inquiry and Exploration Ambassador
Facilitate hands-on engagements in a variety of settings including aquarium classroom labs, exhibits and off-site locations. These volunteers engage primarily with school groups and chaperones but may also interact with other aquarium guests during operating hours and special events. Ages 18+ only. Greatest need is Tuesday through Friday.
Training and onboarding
Successful applicants who complete the general onboarding process will receive additional specialized training for the Ambassador role of their choice. Additional Ambassador roles can be acquired upon completion of initial commitment. See our "FAQs" for the general volunteer onboarding process.
Trainings are offered throughout the year and vary based on Ambassador role. They are a combination of in-person and online work.
What are the benefits of being a Shedd volunteer?
- Admission to the aquarium and other cultural institutions
- The chance to see how Shedd works behind the scenes
- Gift shop and café discounts and discounted parking while volunteering
- Helping to spark compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world
- Meeting a diverse group of staff members, volunteers and guests who share a passion for aquatic life
Volunteering at Shedd FAQs
Want to learn more about volunteering at Shedd? See our frequently asked questions!Read More , on the Volunteering at Shedd FAQs page