Open 9 am - 5 pm
Kathy, a volunteer at Shedd, points out animals in the Amazon Rising exhibit to a group of kids.
A guest engagement volunteer describes the behavior of large, sometimes up to four-foot invasive bighead carp.
Two young girls get close to a freestanding salamander habitat, peering under the rocks to look for the animal.

Training and onboarding

Successful applicants who complete the general on-boarding process will receive additional, specialized training from Guest Engagement staff. See our "FAQs" for the general volunteer on-boarding process.

Guest Engagement volunteers must attend two additional trainings, which are offered on a monthly basis. Trainings occur on Saturdays or Sundays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shift Times

Weekly, biweekly or flexible shifts, a.m. and p.m. 

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